Voices of Unity compete at World Choir Games

Photo from a Voices of Unity July 10, 2014 rehearsal as they prepare for the World Choir Games.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)  Fort Wayne’s Voices of Unity Youth Choir is preparing to make history again. The group will be traveling to the 8th World Choir Games in Riga, Latvia this Sunday.

This will be the third time the choir has competed in the global event, and their second time defending their title as gold medal winners.

The kids, along with Director Marshall White, have been rehearsing twice a day all week to prepare.

“I know all this practicing and rehearsals- long hours, five hours- are going to be worth it, and we’re going to be ready, and we’re going to win gold,” singer Rebecca Soto said.

The goal of the Unity Performing Arts Foundation is to provide students in the Fort Wayne area and beyond the opportunity to begin taking steps to thinking globally. The foundation said that it hopes the World Choir games allow the students the opportunity to have an instant, tangible snapshot of the world outside of the United States.

The power of choral music will be bringing people from all walks of life together, creating friendships and networking opportunities that will be of great value to each student.

“I’m very proud to be in a community that not only recognizes the uniqueness in young people but also makes the extra effort to support, invest and encourage that uniqueness into bold greatness,”  Marshall White, Director and CEO of the Unity Performing Arts Foundation said.

The choir will return from Latvia on July 22.

Until then,  follow their journey on the Voices of Unity Facebook page, twitter and blog.

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