A consortium of philanthropic organizations and individuals who serve metropolitan Detroit will donate $1 million to the Detroit Youth Choir. The announcement was made Friday at the choir’s Detroit homecoming from their performance on the “America’s Got Talent” television program, reported The Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News.
“We are incredibly proud of what the Detroit Youth Choir achieved during their time on America’s Got Talent and we look forward to what’s next for them,” said Tonya Allen, president & CEO of The Skillman Foundation, per The Detroit Free Press. “This fund is a way for Detroiters to celebrate and grow the genius of our children.”
Choir Director Anthony White was almost speechless, The Detroit News reported.
“It means everything,” White told The Detroit News. “It means a new facility, new programming, a new vision, really. A new outlook on our organization and I’m so honored that the Kresge, Skillman, every donor that helped, Kellogg, I just love them and we appreciate everything.”
Those contributing to the Detroit Youth Choir endowment include:
- Skillman Foundation
- The Kresge Foundation
- W. K. Kellogg Foundation
- Ballmer Group
- Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan
- DTE Energy Foundation
- Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation
- Bank of America
- Huntington Bank
- Dakkota Integrated Systems
Kudos to the Detroit Youth Choir on their second place finish in the 2019 championship of “America’s Got Talent.” The award was in recognition of Detroit Youth Choir’s stunning live performances over the course of the last year. Recognized for their signature dynamic performances, the choir is distinguished by the outstanding vocal qualities of its members, individually as soloists and together as a group, and the choir’s intricate choreography.
The first prize on the NBC television program was won by Kodi Lee, an extraordinary vocalist and keyboardist. The honors were based on viewer voting, online and via cable system tabulation. The contest results were aired on Wednesday, Sept. 18.
Led by Maestro Anthony T. White, the Detroit Youth Choir vision is to offer the youth ages 8-18 of Metro Detroit a world class performing art experience that develops their creative skills and talents. The organization was founded in September 1996 with Fleming J. Ivory serving as DYC’s first conductor and musical director. Maestro White succeeded Maestro Ivory in September 2001.
The Detroit Lions announced Detroit Youth Choir will perform at Ford Field on Sunday, Oct. 27. The DYC will sing the National Anthem before the game with the New York Giants and perform in concert during half time.
The image above is courtesy of America’s Got Talent/NBC.
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