VEPAG Presents:

On Friday, May 11, 2007 at 7:00 PM at the Manchester Avenue Elementary School, VEPAG presented the "Children of the Gospel Concert".  This spectacular concert/workshop is one of VEPAG's Youth Arts Programs!  The event was the result of a three week intensive, yet fun-filled vocal workshop that gave the beginner and the experienced student the opportunity to learn voice, choral harmonies, diction, music theory, and more from Berklee College of Musicís Alumni & other top professionals in the music entertainment industry!   

VEPAG's goal is to develop an overall assertive, confident, creative young person, poised for a brighter future.   Knowing that music and math skills access the same side of the brain, VEPAG's workshop develops the participants intellectually as well.   

Each participant learned to read and write music in music theory class.  One of students even wrote a beautiful heart, warming song about her baby brother during the workshop and performed a small rendition of the song in concertEach of the students also learned that as singers, their bodies are their instrument.  They were taught how to properly care for their voices and encouraged to listen to different styles of music.  In the vocal technique class they learned how to properly fill up their lungs with air and in a master class with Nia Peeples from "FAME" they learned how to fill up the stage with their own unique presence.   

The Children of the Gospel Ensemble 

 

   Klarise Baily

Edward, Dabriel, III

Alan Samuel

   Amoa Bentley,

Joseph Dorsey, II

Trachell Saunders

   Delvyn Brumfield

Cassy Hamler

Elexus Simpson,

   Tearra Cheese

Austin Lowe

Joshua Smith

   Randal Washington-Cole

Sierra Lowe

Anneliese Wilson

   Brianna Dabriel

Syan Morgan

Children of the Gospel Staff

David Chandler .................................................. Director

Nia Peeples .................... Celebrity/Master Class Instructor

Loretta Chandler...............Celebrity/Master Class Instructor

Sydney Porter ................. Stage-Performance/Presentation

Joseph Edwards ... Music Theory Instructor (Berklee Alumni)

Vida Simon .................... Vocal Technique (Berklee Alumni) Donald Castor ..... Writing/Recording Music (Berklee Alumni)  

Children of the Gospel Musicians

  • Alonzo Freeman, Music Director and Bass

  • Andre Bentley, Keyboard

  • Keith Williams, Drums

  • Delvyn Brumfield, Keyboard (Student) 

Be sure to look for articles regarding this awesome event in the LA Watts Times newspaper and in the Los Angeles Sentinel.

Photo on the right by Ian Foxx, courtesy of LA Watts Time.  Back row (left to right) Sydney Porter, Artistic Director, Loretta Chandler, Multimedia/Film Director, Delvyn Brumfield (student) keyboards, Joseph Dorsey, II, (student) tenor, Darius Mays, decorating committee, David Chandler, Music Director and Director of this event. Front (left to right) Amoa Bentley (student) soprano and Amelia Thomas, (guest).


Message From The Director

This is our 1st Youth Arts Program for Vision Entertainment Performing Arts Group and as someone who eats, breathes and lives the arts this program has been a very rewarding experience for me and our staff.   The objective of the program was to showcase the tremendous talents of the Los Angeles Metropolitan area youth.   To provide them with disciplinary and artistic skills toward building their knowledge and technique while preparing for a professional production.   We also sought to create an environment that promotes self-confidence, imagination, motivation and respect for one's self and others.   

It has been such a pleasure to have the opportunity to cultivate and share our knowledge with each of the talented and gifted children who participated in the program.   On many occasions it brought tears to my eyes watching them grow during this workshop experience.   I am indebted to my fellow VEPAG partners Loretta Chandler and Sydney Porter for helping me to provide this wonderful vehicle by which we can give back to the community that we serve.  This is a dream come true for all of us and with your help and support we will provide the vocal workshop annually .   

Last, but by no means least, I would also like to give special thanks to my alumni and colleges from Berklee College of Music for taking out the time to participate and give of themselves to these beautiful children.

Children of the Gospel was made possible by a generous grant from the Berklee College of Music Alumni Grant

&

  VEPAG Supporters

Special Thanks To:

The Los Angeles School District

Principal Gregory Hooker of the Manchester Avenue Elementary School

Nate Holden Performing Arts Center

Rainbow Sound & Lights

Last Minute Flowers

Kedren-Lamar Stuart

All Parents and Guardians

Vision Entertainment Performing Arts Group (VEPAG) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that depends on your tax deductible contribution to help us nurture a better appreciation of multicultural  productions.  Support VEPAG's desire to make a real difference in our communities and the world!    

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Vision Entertainment 

Performing Arts Group 

Committee Members 

Don Brooks, David Chandler, Loretta Chandler , Earnest Dillihay, Kenneth Farris, Carolin McKee, Dawn Person, Nia Peeples, Sydney Porter, Phillip Robinson, M. Shawen Slaughter, Kalio Sweeny, Keith Underwood and Howard Wray

A 501(c) (3) Not For Profit Organization

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