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

Executive Director Vy Higginsen and Gospel for Teens Choir in performance

Executive Director Vy Higginsen and Gospel for Teens Choir in performance at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Harlem, New York City, 2006. Photo credit: G.N. Miller.


Professional Development
Vy Higginsen's School of Gospel, Jazz and R&B Arts

The School of Gospel, Jazz and R&B Arts trains talented singers, musicians and arrangers. We help develop singers' vocal power and stage presence as well as teach a substantial musical repertoire. Participants have the opportunity to develop the habits and attitudes that create success in any endeavor.

Everyone Wants to Sing!

Whether you desire to sing professionally, express yourself in a worship service, or sing in the shower, singing provides an emotional and spiritual release. The School for Gospel, Jazz and R&B Arts supports the beginner, seasoned singer, and those who sing for joy or those who want to professionally fine-tune their vocal instrument.

Current Classes
Wednesday Sings!

Sandra Huff

Sandra Huff is one of our talented instructors and a recording artist, song writer and educator. Currently, she performs as Sister Carrie in Mama, I Want to Sing.

REGISTER FOR SESSION 2 $80

REGISTER FOR SESSION 3
$80

Mama Foundation for the Arts
Vy Higginsen's School of Gospel, Jazz and R&B Arts

149 West 126th Street
New York, NY 10027

MAP
MTA TRIP PLANNER

Our Spring Concert

Saturday, June 7, 2014
at 5:00 p.m.

Everyone has music inside of them. Drawing from the traditions of gospel, jazz, and R&B, we will sing songs, communicate, and express our authentic musical selves.

Whether you think you can sing, or think you can't, your voice is welcome at Wednesday Sings!

Wednesday Sings! is designed for adults. Join us on Wednesdays at The Mama Foundation for the Arts for a Harlem music experience!

The benefits of this workshop are fun, strengthening the vocals, relaxation, stress reduction, and building community.

Register now! Call 212-280-1045 or

WEDNESDAYS

7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

SPRING 2014 SESSION 2

  • April 2

  • April 9

  • April 16

  • April 23


SPRING 2014 SESSION 3

  • April 30

  • May 7

  • May 14

  • May 21


CONCERT REHEARSAL
  • May 28

Wednesday Sings! class in session


Everyone has music inside. Drawing from the traditions of jazz, and blues, we will help everyone discover their authentic voice. Photo credit: KE Photography Harlem.

In the Heart of Harlem
Mama Foundation for the Arts

Mama Foundation for the Arts brownstone


This renovated five story brownstone on a residential block on West 126th Street between Lenox Avenue and Adam Clayton Pwell Jr. Blvd. in Manhattan has been the home of the Mama Foundation for the Arts since its inception in 1998. It includes the business and production offices as well as a classroom and rehearsal space. Photo credit: KE Photography Harlem.

The Mama Foundation for the Arts is in the core of Central Harlem's most thriving cultural and business community, surrounded by the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building, The Apollo Theater, and the Lenox Avenue "Restaurant Row" featuring Sylvia's, Red Rooster, Corner Social and Chez Lucienne. The Foundation's warm, comforting environment was enhanced in early 2012 with a renovation of the second and third floors which included new furniture courtesy of The Nate Berkus Show. It is the location of the Wednesday Sings! classes, private vocal instruction, and rehearsals for the Mama Foundation’s plays and performances by Gospel for Teens.

Private Instruction
Ahmaya Knoelle Higginson as Doris Troy


Program Director and Music Master Ahmaya Knoelle Higginson as Doris Troy in Mama, I Want to Sing, circa 2004. Photo credit: G.N. Miller.

For Individuals and Groups

  • Improve vocal range

  • Expand vocal dynamics

  • Develop confidence

  • Sing without damage to vocal chords

  • Refine interpretation and style

  • Step out of the choir or group and sing solo

  • Preparation for auditions and performances

Policies and Procedures for Vocal Lessons

  • Call the Mama Foundation's office at 212-280-1045.

  • You will choose an instructor and an appointment after consultation.

  • All classes must be paid for a week in advance. Payment can be made by cash, Paypal or by telephone with a credit card.

  • Cancellations made at least 24 hours in advance will be re-scheduled according to students' and instructors' schedule.

  • Less than 24-hour cancellations—the payment is forfeited.

Register for 1 hour of private instruction for $65

Register for 4 hours of private instruction for $225

Private vocal instruction consists of weekly hour long lessons: $65 per session. If you sign up for four consecutive classes, you pay only $225 (a savings of $35).

InstructorAhmaya Knoelle Higginson

Private Instruction
VOCAL COACH
$65 FOR 1 HOUR

Portrait of Ahmaya Knoelle Higginson

Ahmaya Knoelle Higginson is one of our talented instructors.

Ahmaya Knoelle Higginson has toured all over the world with Mama, I Want to Sing, and performed the leading role in Bermuda, Japan, and New York. She has worked consistently in New York theater and is a recent graduate of The American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) and Manhattan School of Music. She also serves as an Program Director and Music Master for the Foundation's Gospel for Teens art education program. Find more information on Ahmaya Knoelle on her personal site.

AHMAYA KNOELLE HIGGINSON'S WEBSITE

InstructorGregory M. Kelly

Private Instruction
VOCAL COACH
$65 FOR 1 HOUR

Gregory M. Kelly at the piano

Gregory M. Kelly is one of our talented instructors. Photo credit: KE Photography Harlem

Gregory M. Kelly is a producer, Grammy award-winning songwriter and accomplished musician. He is both writer and musician for Hezekiah Walker's Love Fellowship Choir, Musical Director for Vy Higginsen's sensational gospel musical, Mama, I Want To Sing; Music Master for Vy Higginsen's Gospel for Teens Program; and co-founder, musical producer and director for the world-acclaimed European touring company, The Very Best of Black Gospel.

MORE ABOUT GREGORY M. KELLY

InstructorTimothy Riley

Private Instruction
VOCAL COACH
$65 FOR 1 HOUR

Timothy Riley is one of our talented instructors.

Timothy Riley majored in Vocal Performance and Music Education at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. In New York City he worked with the Boys Choir of Harlem and performed with The Love Fellowship Crusade Choir under the direction of Hezekiah Walker. Timothy also performs and teaches in Europe. In 2003 he performed in Let Me Off in Harlem with The Mama Foundation for the Arts.

MORE ABOUT TIMOTHY RILEY