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A Warren choir dedicated to bettering the community, put on a special performance for a crowd Sunday night at the amphitheater.
The Warren City Wide Youth Choir’s held their summer concert.
“The entire focus of the choir is to help build the community and provide educational opportunities for young people,” said choir member Todd Johnson.
One of those young people is Jeremy Walker.
“I love being part of the choir,” said Walker.
The 18-year-old has been belting out songs with the choir since it started three years ago.
“I love the effect it has on people, I love how it makes people feel,” said Walker.
Todd Johnson is one of the choir’s directors and organizers. Right now he has about 80 members singing in harmony, many of which are teens. While unity is one of the goals of the choir, so is education. That’s why it’s awarding scholarships to three choir members who are hitting all the right notes in and out of school.
“You know a lot of our young people start off good but they don’t end up very well, and we think that an extra push would help that young person with maybe just books, maybe helping with some miscellaneous expenses that they have with school,” said Johnson.
Right now the choir is trying to raise $5,000 for next year’s scholarships, and it’s almost there.
“Through generous sponsors and donations from individuals and small businesses and even larger corporate sponsorships, we’ve raised $3,800 before we even started the concert,” said Johnson.
While some choir members have a few more years before heading off to college, they’re just happy to be a part of the group.
“Reason I joined the choir is cause it’s nice, it’s soothing, it helps me with all I’m going through,” added another member of the choir.