Old North choir gives its all at Little Bit gala
Old North choir gives its all at Little Bit gala
Posted on 10/26/2014
logoAs the choir took the stage, the house lights were turned down. The music cued. Children’s voices cheerfully sang “Happy” by Pharrell. The audience clapped swayed to the enthusiasm of the students of Confluence Academy-Old North.

ON ChoirBrejaie Williams, sixth grade, sang the lead. Moments later, the choir was joined by Brian Owens, a local vocalist who is becoming well known in St. Louis and around the country. The cheers grew with the spirit of the song.

For the second consecutive year, the Confluence Academy-Old North Choir entertained guests at the Little Bit Foundation’s annual fundraiser, Join the Journey Gala.

The choir also performed “Every Praise” by Hezekiah Walker, with fourth-grader Johnnie Ledell as lead. Williams closed with a solo of “Let It Go” from Disney’s ‘Frozen.’ Lynette Ward teaches choir and music at Confluence Academy-Old North.

The choir rehearsed at school every afternoon. Owens rehearsed with the choir several times, visiting them at school. The students’ talent made such an impression on Owen that he has offered to record them for an upcoming CD, and to spend more time at Old North with music workshops to broaden their experiences and horizons.

The hard work of the choir was rewarded with compliments, loud applause and a standing ovation. More than 500 people attended the fundraiser held at the Four Seasons Hotel. Little Bit anticipates raising $250,000 from the event.

Old North is one of 17 schools in the City of St. Louis partnered with the foundation. More than 5,000 elementary and middle school students are served by Little Bit. It was founded in 2001 out of a small request from a teacher at an inner-city school. Ninety to 100 percent of students in the schools partnered with Little Bit are at or near the poverty level.

Little Bit’s website explains the mission. “We are committed to helping disadvantaged school children by creating a positive impact for personal growth, increasing self-esteem and encouraging a more focused and active learning environment. We do this by building strong relationships and partnering closely with St. Louis schools.”

Learn more about the Little Bit Foundation on their website.

To learn more about Brian Owens, visit his website.
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