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Mama Foundation for the Arts: Musicals, Concerts and Education in Harlem

From Our Director
Portrait of Vy Higginson

Executive Director Vy Higginsen created Gospel for Teens to pass the music on from generation to generation. Portrait from 2011. Photo credit: Carol Rosegg.


Our Mission

"We mean to lift up the youth through history and gospel music!"

— VY HIGGINSEN
MAMA FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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It's easy to donate online and any amount is appreciated. Mama Foundation for the Arts is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

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31st Anniversary SeasonMama, I Want to Sing: The Next Generation

Gospel for Teens participants in Mama, I Want to Sing

Gospel for Teens participants perform in Mama, I Want to Sing in 2012. Photo credit: Carol Rosegg.

Spring 2014  Performance Schedule

TicketsSaturdays at 5:00 p.m.
March 29
April 12
May 10

Several members of Gospel for Teens appear in the stage musical Mama, I Want to Sing: The Next Generation.

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Gospel for the Teens End of Semester Concert

Gospel for Teens choir in concert

Gospel for Teens Choir in concert. New York City, circa 2011. Photo credit: Eric Politzer.


SPRING END OF SEMESTER CONCERT

Saturday, May 17, 2014
at 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

TicketsSMARTTIX
Call 212-868-4444

TICKET PRICES

$35 general admission

Individual tickets, theater parties, group sales, discounts.
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THEATER

Dempsey Theater
127 West 127th Street
New York, NY 10027

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Mama Foundation for the Arts
149 West 126th Street
New York, NY 10027
Open 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
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Teen Singers - Book Your Audition
Gospel for Teens at Grant’s Tomb in Harlem in 2007

Gospel for Teens at Grant's Tomb in Harlem in 2007. Photo credit: G. N. Miller.


The Awarding Winning Program
Gospel for Teens

Portrait of Cissy Houston

Cissy Houston

TWO MUSICAL LEGENDS

In 2006, legendary writer and producer Vy Higginsen and gospel legend Dr. Emily "Cissy" Houston, joined forces to teach aspiring teenagers about the importance of gospel music as an art form.

Gospel for Teens is an award winning program of The Mama Foundation for the Arts and Vy Higginsen's School of Gospel, Jazz and R&B Arts. It has grown to be a highly respected and influential source of education and self-development for youth.

GOSPEL FOR TEENS CHOIR

Under the direction of the Foundation's seasoned music masters, the Gospel for Teens Choir has performed at prestigious venues and special events across America including the Congressional Black Caucus, The Stellar Awards, Reverend Al Sharpton’s National Action Network Convention, New York Fashion Week, Yankee Stadium, and Lincoln Center.

GOSPEL FOR TEENS SCHOLARSHIP CLASSES

Each semester, between 50 and 75 participants are selected through an audition process to learn music history and vocal techniques in classes held at the Foundation's renovated Harlem brownstone. Students are encouraged to discover their personal artistic talent and expressions while building self-confidence on and off stage.

PUBLIC SERVICE

The Gospel for Teens Choir was created to pass the music from this generation to the next. The members serve as ambassadors of gospel music, uniting people of every race, nationality, religious, or spiritual background with a universal message that we are more alike than we are different.

Winners
Vy Higginsen’s Gospel for Teens Choir

Members of the Gospel for Teens Choir took the grand prize in the open division at The Pathmark Gospel Choir Competition of Harlem, held at The Apollo Theater in February, 2011.

Mama Foundation for the Arts Choir in competition

Gospel for Teens Choir at The Pathmark Gospel Choir Competition in 2011. Photo credit: Jasmin Williams.


From Our Teens

The staff has been great and my experience here is helping to prepare me to achieve future goals. — KYLE, BROOKLYN, NY

This is an exciting experience, bringing me healing and power."
— JOCILYN, HACKENSACK, NJ

This is one of the best things that has happened to me."
— DANA THOMAS, HARLEM, NY

Gospel for Teens has become a huge part of my life. I love being here. I feel like the more I’m here, the closer I become to everyone—it feels like family." —TAYLOR, HARLEM, NY

Gospel for Teens in performance in 2011

Gospel for Teens in performance in 2011. Photo credit: Jasmine Williams

Auditions
Auditions for Spring 2014

Saturday, February 15, 2014
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Friday, February 21, 2014
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 22, 2014
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Semester begins March 8, 2014

Join our mailing list to be notified when the next audition dates are announced. Auditions will be held at the Foundation.

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