Haitian choir to perform at local church
From Contributed Reports
Friday, July 27, 2018
The Hope Haitian Choir will return next week to Rocky Mount for a performance at Arlington Baptist Church.
“Amazing,” “so inspiring” and “what beautiful voices” are some of the comments heard after most concerts by the Hope Haitian Choir. This non-traditional choir, made up of 15 young people ranging in age from 7 to 17, are touring the eastern United States this summer, sharing their joy in a variety of venues and churches.
The choir began six years ago, with a new group of children participating each summer. Their exceptional voices combined with energized dancing effectively communicate a message of hope. Though many of these young people come from very difficult circumstances in their home country of Haiti, they demonstrate a buoyant spirit that finds its source in their genuine faith.
Under the direction of Barb House of Boothbay, Maine, the choir has performed at Christian conventions in Haiti, on radio and television stations, at the Rotunda in the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., at the Liberty Science Center in New Jersey and a variety of indoor and outdoor venues.
Auditions for the choir are held each fall in Port-au-Prince, with a network of churches sending young people who are musically talented to a central location. They not only are evaluated on their singing and dancing abilities but also on character and willingness to work diligently. Training begins in March in Haiti, with final rehearsals for three days after they arrive in the U S. and before beginning the tour, which involves seven to eight concerts each week. The songs are sung in English, Creole and French. Many are original material, with the goal of encouraging and inspiring the hearts of those who listen.
Choir leaders also make a concerted effort to develop leadership skills, confidence and a passion for serving others during this experience. The hope is that these children will make a positive impact on their world in Haiti, and that each one will gain a vision for how God can use him or her in the future. They are precious gifts who are full of potential and who quickly become like family.
The concert will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the church at 1500 Bethlehem Road. Admission is free, but an offering will be taken to help with the choir’s costs as well as fund projects in Haiti. CDs and other items will be sold as well.
For more information, call Mike Flora at 252-937-7729 or check out the choir and ministry website at www.hopehaitian.com.