The Young Americans to conduct performing arts workshop at AHS

The internationally-acclaimed performing troupe, The Young Americans, will be stopping at the Alpena High School on their 2014 USA tour to provide an intensive performing arts workshop to third through 12th grade students in the surrounding area.

The Alpena High Masquers Club is hosting the event for three days, Feb. 16-18, with a culminating student performance on Feb. 18.

The Young Americans, a nonprofit world-wide performing and music education organization, have worked with over a half million children around the world. Their Music Outreach Program instills essential life skills such as positive self-esteem, teamwork, respect, accomplishment and self-discipline.

Consisting of 47 members, the student members of The Young Americans are never paid as performers or teachers for the organization. As such, their participation is intended to be education and not intended to be an occupation. The Young Americans are simply a group of talented young people who attend college level classes, sing, dance, teach others, and entertain throughout the world.

Lisa Larkin, co-advisor for the AHS Masquers Club, said, “The opportunities and experiences this organization offers are limitless. There’s something about performing on a stage that gives any child the confidence they can use in everyday life.”

Along with those skills, it is not only a common consensus but also a proven fact that students involved in music programs achieve higher SAT scores, are more likely to graduate from high school and attend college, and are less likely to be involved with gangs and substance abuse. The cost of the three-day seminar is $59 for each student, which includes all materials for the performance. To register for the seminar, go online to, click on the Outreach Tours tab, select USA Spring and scroll down to Alpena.

If you are interested in hosting a Young American in your home for these three days, call Nancy Marshall at 766-3564 or Lisa Larkin at 464-9706.

You may also give the gift of music by donating a scholarship for a student to attend the workshop. If you are interested in donating or receiving a scholarship, call Marshall or Larkin for more information.

Cost of tickets for the Feb. 18 show are $10 for adults and $8 for students.