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2014
SEPTEMBER - NOVEMBER
Europe Music Outreach Tour
In 2001, The International Music Outreach Tour made its debut in the U.K. and Europe. That first year we visited 13 schools and 1,950 students. Today we are now touring the U.K. and Europe 9 months throughout the year conducting 60 workshops for over 15,000 students.
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Tour Dates | 2014
SEPT 8-10
SWEDEN Vänersborg Birger Sjöberg Gymnasium
SEPT 12-14
GERMANY Anröchte. Sekundarschule Anröchte / Erwitte
SEPT 15-17
GERMANY Werl Overbergschule Werl / Sekundarschule Werl
SEPT 18-20
NETHERLANDS. Veghel. Zwijsen College
SEPT 22-24
GERMANY Laubach Friedrich-Magnus-Gesamtschule
SEPT 26-28
GERMANY Jena Grete-Unrein-Schule
SEPT,OCT 29-1
GERMANY Essen Gesamtschule Borbeck
OCT 3-5
GERMANY Seelingstädt we4kids e.V. Seelingstädt
OCT 6-8
GERMANY Pattensen KGS Pattensen
OCT 9-11
GERMANY Leonberg Jugendsozialarbeit Kernstadt Leonberg
OCT 13-15
ENGLAND Kings Priory School, Tynemouth, Tyne and Wear
OCT 17-19
ENGLAND Stocksbridge High School
OCT 21-23
SCOTLAND Carron Grange School
OCT 24-26
ENGLAND Manor College of Technology
OCT 28-30
ENGLAND StageCoach Workshop
NOV 3-5
IRELAND Mercy College
NOV 7-9
SCOTLAND Garnock Academy
NOV 10-12
SCOTLAND Queen Margaret Academy
NOV 13-15
ENGLAND Lady Lumley’s School
NOV 17-18
ENGLAND Bower Park Academy
NOV 20-22
GERMANY Nidda Gymnasium Nidda
NOV 24-26
GERMANY Hofgeismar Herwig – Blankertz – Schule
Cast & Bios
AIMI U
Aimi Ueno
Japan
NEW KID YEAR: 2013
BEFORE YAs: I was torn between University or becoming a YA but I chose to become a YA because there’s nothing like this program and this is what I really wanted to do.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: I danced. Also I’ve been to Seattle for 3 months as an exchange student.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I was a town kid since 2010 spring. I’d never seen people who were really passionate about music and they inspired me so much. They’ve taught me it isn’t about the skills we possess. What’s most important is what you have in your heart and how you apply that in your life. I want to share that message and my love with people all around the world.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I’m still not sure what I’d really love to do but I’m interested in teaching, but I’d love to keep singing as well.
Albert-Herrera
Albert Herrera
Florida
NEW KID YEAR: 2012
BEFORE YAs: I planned on finishing my degree in criminal justice and becoming a police detective.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: I played football, wrote for the yearbook, and was very active in choir.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I have always wanted to help out and make a difference, the YAs gave me the opportunity to do just that on an incredible scale.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I plan on finishing my degree and returning to my hometown to help support dwindling arts programs.
ANDREW-KLEIN
Andrew Klein
Michigan, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2011
BEFORE YAs: I wanted to go to college to become a choral director.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: I played water polo, football was involved in theater and studied Spanish.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I joined so that I could teach kids and share my passion of what I love to do.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I now know that I want to become a special education teacher.
ANDREW W
Andrew Woyshner
California
BRADLEY C
Bradley Cusack
California
BRAXTON G
Braxton Gohde
California
Bri-Williams
Bri Williams
California
Caleb-Green
Caleb Green
California
NEW KID YEAR: 2012
BEFORE YAs: I was going to go to UCLA, and study Musical Theater.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: Dance, Track & Field, Soccer, Drama, Choir, ASB.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: Because of the energy and passion I saw when they performed.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: Still attend UCLA, and eventually try to get jobs on the great white way or the movies.
Carolina-Fernandez
Carolina Fernandez
Florida
NEW KID YEAR: 2012
BEFORE YAs: To move to New York and go to a musical theatre conservatory.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: Chorus, Musical Theatre, Private Voice.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I want to give other kids and people around the world the same joy, hope, and self confidence that the YA’s gave me when I was a town kid.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I would like to work as a performer. My all time dream is to work at Disney World!
CLAUDIA T
Claudia Trainor
Northern Ireland
NEW KID YEAR: 2013
BEFORE YAs: I planned on going to a university in England for social work.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: I was involved in choir and netball.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: Young Americans really made me happy and had a big impact on my life and after my first workshop it showed me that by doing what I love I can make a difference in people’s lives.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I still plan on going to university but as of right now I’m undecided on what I would like to do.
CORDELL-HAGMANN
Cordell Hagmann
California, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2011
BEFORE YAs: I was supposed to attend a Cal State University and figure out my life from there. I didn’t really have a specific direction.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: I was a show choir kid and coached soccer teams on the side.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: Grayden Smith told me to audition, so I did without knowing anything about the Young Americans. Literally, I thought they only had a Christmas Show.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I plan to go to school and finish a degree in the Music field, but behind the scenes in either Agency or Music Communications.
DEANDRE
DeAndre Ford
Louisiana
NEW KID YEAR: 2012
BEFORE YAs: My plan before i met the YA’s was to go to the Marines and after to then go to college to be a Choreographer.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: Basketball and Drama.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: What made me join the YAs was the fact that there able to dance and sing together no matter what level they are and to have fun is what got me.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I plan to open up my own dance studio for kids and to host the YA’s to do workshops with the kids.
Erin-Lewis
Erin Lewis
California
NEW KID YEAR: 2012
BEFORE YAs: My plans after high school before I met the YA’s were to attend Julliard in New York and major in music.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: Choir, drama, dance, cheerleading, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes Club.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: Ever since I did a YA workshop in my hometown, that was when I knew I wanted to join Young Americans. I wanted to be able to make an impact on children through music and make a difference.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I plan to hopefully pursue my career in music whether it being a recording artist, Broadway star, or a choir teacher.
GABRIELLE P
Gab Piazza
Michigan
Helen-Smith
Helen Smith
Ireland
NEW KID YEAR: 2012
BEFORE YAs: My plan was either to go into television and film studies OR be a dentist.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: Gymnastics and dancing were my main hobbies but then I also played on sports teams such as hockey, soccer and gaelic (an irish football sport).
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: The YAs came to my school 3 times while I was there and I took every workshop. They brought the exact something I was looking for into my life and I just couldn’t deny it. They captured me from the start with what they did so I just had to try out.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I still would be interested in production, possibly music videos.
HOLLY-SPENCER
Holly Spencer
Nevada, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2011
BEFORE YAs: I planned on attending a 4-year college for Communications.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: I went to a performing arts school, so I was a dance and theatre major there. I was also Varsity Cheerleader!
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: As soon as I saw the Young Americans perform, I knew it was what I needed to be doing. The opportunity to perform, with the intention of instilling confidence and bravery in kids through music was so attractive to me. Being able to travel the world too? What a bonus! I knew that I may not be able to change the whole world, but I would love to travel the world to try and change someone’s world.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I would love to be a Disney Princess for a little while and then later become an awesome mom. :)
James-Price
James Price
California
JESSICA W
Jess Ward
California
JUSTIN RAY
Justin Ray
California, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2010
BEFORE YAs: I originally planned to go to school to be a designer for mens shoes.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: I was in Student counsel.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: Because I thought it would open my life up to things I have never done and it seemed like a great combination of music, dance, teaching and travel.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I plan on moving to New york to pursue my dream of being a designer and opening up my own stores all over the world.
KATRIN J
Katrin Jocham
Germany
KAYLA-THOMPSON
Kayla Thompson
Michigan, USA
Margaret-Schofield
Margaret Schofield
New Hampshire
NEW KID YEAR: 2012
BEFORE YAs: I was going to go to UNH for sports medicine with a minor on dance.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: Throughout high school I danced and was on the varsity fall cheer team.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I joined the young Americans because it seemed like the right thing to do, not just for myself but to help the kids too. It’s an incredible experience to pass up and such an honor to get accepted.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I’ll probably go back to school but who knows!
Mariah-Strickland
Mariah Strickland
Louisiana
Mary-Thomas
Mary Thomas
California
MAYSON M
Mayson McDaniel
Alaska
MEGGIE E
Meggie Edwards
Illinois
NEW KID YEAR: 2013
BEFORE YAs: I was going to Lincoln Land Community College and doing community theatre.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: I was an all around choir and theatre geek! I wanted to do nothing else! :)
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I wanted to become a YA because I thought it was so cool to be able to travel all over the world to teach kids and perform. I want to be able to give kids the confidence and love that the YA’s gave to me. :)
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I want to continue on with school, keep performing, and maybe win an Oscar one day!
MISHA B
Misha Bernas
Philippines
NEW KID YEAR: 2013
BEFORE YAs: I wanted to be successful. I wanted to be a doctor-lawyer-leader-ballerina all at the same time. I also wanted to be an actress and singer.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: Dancing, swimming, running, eating, watching movies, writing, dreaming, teaching, studying.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I had such an incredible breakthrough after meeting the Young Americans in Dance Excellence. I learned how to let go, breathe while dancing, and be open to anything. The Young Americans inspired me to believe that I could be the performer I never perceived myself to be. I used to think the most talented performers were born with their skills and that some dreams should remain as dreams. I simply wanted to be a Young American to be around people that support each other’s growth and inspire others through the gift of music, dance and love.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I want to reach out to as many people as I can and create a positive chain reaction as I share everything that I have learned in my life. I want to break the boxes that we allow ourselves to confine to and show that anything really is possible.
Molly-Maguire
Molly Maguire
Wisconsin
NEW KID YEAR: 2012
BEFORE YAs: I planned on going to a state school to major in Spanish or communications.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: High School: Choir, barbershop quartet, Student Senate, class Vice President, volleyball, softball, hockey, dance team and solar Olympics. College: volleyball and student ambassadors.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: There was a huge void in my life that regular college wasn’t filling. My love of singing, people, music, and seeing the world made finally going to the Young Americans a clear choice.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: As of now I plan to finish my Associates degree and then hopefully study abroad.
Nate-Padilla
Nate Padilla
California
NIC S
Nic Slocum
Michigan
Patrick-Marshall
Patrick Marshall
California
Richard-Kennett
Richard Kennett
England
NEW KID YEAR: 2012
BEFORE YAs: I had no idea where I was headed after high school, I worked at a Pet Store but knew I should be somewhere else…
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: I was a performing arts student as well as playing football (soccer).
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I had never considered becoming a YA ad amazing as it would be, but a Young American in their first year at the time insisted I auditioned!!
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: After Young Americans I want to use the knowledge and skills I have gained to live life to the full!!
ROBERT-NEITZER
Robert Neitzer
Wisconsin, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2011
BEFORE YAs: I would have gone to Columbia in Chicago for music.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: Choir, baseball, and swimming were my three main high school activities. I went snowboarding a lot during the winter but my school didn’t have a ski team. If we had one I definitely would have joined.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I wanted to see the world and this group offered exactly that. Plus I get to share my love for music and inspire children everywhere. It was just perfect.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I want to start writing and recording my own music and maybe one day you’ll be listening to me on the radio.
ROWAN K
Rowan Koop
Canada
NEW KID YEAR: 2013
BEFORE YAs:
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: High School: Drama, Musical theatre programs and dance!
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: Dance Ex inspired me!
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: Pursuing acting and dancing and staying within the arts maybe finding a career in Photography.
SENNA I
Sena Imai
Japan
SIMON D
Simon Davies
England
SKYLER-PARKINSON
Skyler Parkinson
Nebraska, USA
SKYLER S
Skyler Shelton
Michigan
SOMA H
Soma Hiyane
Japan
Taylor-Kitchens
Taylor Kitchens
California
Taylor-Lane
Taylor Lane
Illinois
NEW KID YEAR: 2012
BEFORE YAs: My plans were to attend Western Michigan University majoring in Dance and a possible minor in law.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: Choir, Varsity Dance, Madrigals, Athletes Committed to Excellence (ACE), and Peer Leaders.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I took 2 workshops as a town kid and fell in love. I grew up learning the arts from former Young Americans and I aspired to be just like them. Plus its the only place where I can do EVERYTHING that I love; sing, dance, work with kids, teach, perform, and travel.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I’m hoping to get a job in the business, performing somewhere fingers crossed! If all else fails I might want to teach or go back to law school.
Tory Benedeict
Tory Benedict
California, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2010
BEFORE YAs: After high school I wanted to go to cosmetology school.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: Show choir
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: My sister was a Young American and I saw a few Christmas shows. The Young Americans was a sense of family while still being able to perform after high school.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I want to continue traveling, so I plan on becoming a flight attendant.
TYLER V
Tyler Vogt
Nebraska
ZACK S
Zack Steenbergen
New York
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