Anthropos Arts Vocal Recital Rocks Cherrywood Coffeehouse

Written by Elizabeth McQueen

Last Tuesday, at Cherrywood Coffeehouse, I was a part of something really cool. Nine students from Eastside Memorial High School got on stage and sang songs that they had been working on for months. Some of them accompanied themselves on guitar or piano. All of them did an amazing job.

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The students are studying voice through Anthropos Arts, a local non-profit that just celebrated it’s 15th year connecting at-risk youth with professional musicians, and creating a space for musical instruction and mentoring. The vocal program is relatively new, created by Lian Amber only 4 years ago. This year she became the Chairwoman of the Anthropos board, and turned over the vocal instruction to myself and Fleur Phillips.

I’ve known Dylan Jones, the founder of Anthropos Arts, for over a decade, and have always wanted to be involved with the organization. For a long time, however, my schedule didn’t really allow for it. This year though, I got off the road myself with time in town. When Dylan asked if I would like to teach, I answered with an immediate yes.

Mondays afternoons in the Eastside Choir Room annex where I taught my lessons became a total highlight for me. The kids were eager to learn, and I was thrilled to teach them all the tricks and techniques I’ve picked up over the years. And seeing them perform live, well, I couldn’t have been prouder.

You can find out more about Anthropos Arts at http://www.AnthroposArts.org

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