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2013
SEPT-NOV
Japan Fall Music Outreach Tour
In 2006, The International Music Outreach Tour made its debut in Japan. That first year we visited 5 schools and 650 students. Today we are now touring to Japan for 11 months throughout a year conducting 40 workshops for over 10,000 students.
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Tour Dates | 2013
SEPT 11-12
FUKUSHIMA, Noda Elementary
SEPT 14-16
SENDAI, Dainohara Middle School
SEPT 18-19
SENDAI, Tomizawa Middle School
SEPT 20-22
YAMAGATA
SEPT 24-26
RIKUZENTAKATA, Takata Elementary
SEPT 28-29
MIYAGI, University of Education Teachers Workshop
SEPT,OCT 30-1
DATE, Kakeda Elementary
OCT 3-4
OHFUNATO, Daiichi MS School District
OCT 5-6
OHFUNATO, Special
OCT 7
OHFUNATO, Akasaki Middle School
OCT 9-10
OHFUNATO, Okirai Middle School
OCT 12-13
DATE, Special
OCT 14
DATE, Middle Schools joint WS
OCT 15-16
DATE, Toryo Middle School
OCT 18-19
IWAKI, Teachers Workshop
OCT 21-23
IWAKI, Onahama Daiichi Middle School
OCT 24-26
IWAKI, Takasaka Elementary
OCT 28-29
IWAKI, Izumi Elementary
OCT 30-31
IWAKI, Ueda Elementary
NOV 2-3
AIZU, Okuma Middle School
NOV 4-6
AIZU, Ohno & Kumamachi Elementary
NOV 8-10
IWAKI, Student Council Summit
NOV 11
SHINCHIMACHI, Elementary Joint Workshop
NOV 12
SHINCHIMACHI, Shoei Middle School
Cast & Bios
AdamGreene
Adam Greene
Colorado, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2010
BEFORE YAs: I planned on playing football at Colorado University.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: I played football, was vice president of student council, and was involved with drama.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I’ve always wanted to travel, perform, and work with new people, Young Americans is the perfect thing to do so.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I plan on moving to Japan and teaching English.
AIKO-DOHZONO
Aiko Dohzono
Japan
NEW KID YEAR: 2011
BEFORE YAs: I was in the college to study performing arts.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS:
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: Because I wanted to find myself.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: Be a dance teacher for kids in Japan.
ALYSSA-SPRINGSTEAD
Alyssa Springstead
Michigan, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2011
BEFORE YAs: My plan for after high school was to go to college and become a nurse.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: I was involved in choir and musicals and held a part time job.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: Even when I graduated and moved away to college, there was something missing in my life. It was singing and performing. Music is my passion and I didn’t have any time to pursue why I loved because of all the nursing classes I was taking. I realized nursing was not really what I wanted to do with my life. Since i had no idea what i really wanted to do I figured The Young Americans would help me find out what i enjoy.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I plan to live in California, audition for Disney, cruise ships etc., and then finish college with a degree in the health and nutrition field.
AlyssaStuk
Alyssa Stuk
Michigan, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2010
BEFORE YAs: I was in university studying Pre-Med.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: My extra curricular activities included choir, musicals, and volunteer work.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I joined because I didn’t want to live without music in my life.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I plan on going back to school to get a degree in music therapy.
ANDREW-KURTZ
Andrew Kurtz
Michigan, USA
ANDREW-SLOAN
Andrew Sloan
California, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2010
BEFORE YAs: I wanted to play college soccer and start working on a career.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: Futbol, football, drama club, ASB, Senior class VP!
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I joined the YAs to get the chance to travel and try something new that i never had before.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: To start a career in law enforcement and keep travelling and eat cereal.
AnnaMarlow
Anna Marlow
Arkansas, USA
BECK-WILLIAMSON
Beck Williamson
Michigan, USA
BETHANY-SPENGLER
Bethany Spengler
Colorado, USA
BrandonMiller
Brandon Miller
Nebraska, USA

NEW KID YEAR: 2010

FAVORITE MUSIC: I love ska music.

CONTACT: Brandon.m.miller@gmail.com

  • I love good Italian food and good music. My favorite color is blue.
BrettDame
Brett Dame
Michigan, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2010
BEFORE YAs: I wanted to move to Nashville and pursue song writing.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: My extra curricular activies included tennis and sailing.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I joined to work with kids and to do music at the same time.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I want to get a music business degree.
Bri-Wickland
Bri Wickland
Idaho, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2009
BEFORE YAs: I wanted to be a music educator or an English teacher in a foreign country.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: Choir, theatre, cross country, track, dance, and Honor Society.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: To me it represented an opportunity to do everything I love all in one place, which is performing and working with kids!
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I hope to continue my career in performance at Disney and eventually be a music/ performance teacher.
Brodie Marples
British Columbia, Canada

NEW KID YEAR: 2009

FAVORITE MUSIC: I have an appreciation for many different styles of music, from R and B to musical theatre to rock and more.

CONTACT: brodieontour@yahoo.com

  • For me, there is no better way to express myself than by choreographing a lyrical dance, singing a solo, or performing a scene.
BROOKE-THOMPSON
Brooke Thompson
California, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2008
BEFORE YAs: My plans were to go to school and study performing arts.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: Musicals, dance, youth and government, community service, and photography.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I joined because it is the perfect place to do exactly what I love to do.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I plan to continue performing, get involved with TV production, move to Germany to teach English and one day open a theater and performing arts center for at-risk children.
CHEYENNE-HIRST
Cheyenne Hirst
California, USA
Chris Martin
New York, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2009
BEFORE YAs: Attend SUNY Geneseo for Medicine or Theatre until I learned I was accepted as a Young American..
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: My school activities consisted of drama, musical, tennis, wrestling, broadcasting.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I came to YA’s because I wanted to move to California, pursuing my passions and living every day like its a party!
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I plan to keep having fun, auditioning, teaching, learning, acting, and making a difference in other’s lives.
FUMIKO-KANO
Fumiko Kano
Japan
GEMMA-POULLEY
Gemma Poulley
United Kingdom
NEW KID YEAR: 2011
BEFORE YAs: I planned on going to a performing arts university in England.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: My extra curricular activities included athletics team, cross country, swim team, and musical productions.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I love the way The Young Americans make people feel and I wanted to be able to make people feel the way they made me feel when I took a workshop, I also love performing and teaching. The Young Americans is a perfect place to do what I love.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I would love to be a special needs teacher, I would have never known that without the experience I’ve gained from touring with the YAs.
HANNAH-DAY
Hannah Day
New Hampshire, USA
HeatherDurham
Heather Durham
Michigan, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2009
BEFORE YAs: I planned on being a yoga teacher.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: My extra curricular activities included playing tennis and softball.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I wanted to perform with people that love performing as much as I do and Young Americans is the perfect way to do that.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I want to be a performer on cruise lines.
HillarySmith
Hilary Smith
Nebraska, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2010
BEFORE YAs: I was planning on going to Creighton University to become an anesthesiologist.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: I participated in musicals, was on the golf team and danced at my local studio.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I joined because I wanted to travel around the world teaching music, and wanted to experience different cultures.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I want to go back to school, study international relations and writing.
JacobFigueroa
Jacob Figueroa “Fig”
Nebraska, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2010 FAVORITE MUSIC: I am a fan of all styles of music.
  • Music is one of the largest parts of my life and I love having the opportunity to share it with people all over the world. I also love to learn from others, so having the opportunity to learn from so many different cultures and so many different people is huge for me.
JAMES-PATTISON
James Pattison
United Kingdom
NEW KID YEAR: 2011
BEFORE YAs: I was planning on going to London to pursue a musical theater career.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: I was involved with Sport Teams, Choir, Theater, School Council, and Interact Club.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I’ve always wanted to travel, perform, and work with new people, Young Americans is the perfect thing to do so.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I plan on moving to New York or London to pursue my Musical Theater career.
JAZMINE-REYNOLDS
Jazmine Reynolds
Illinois, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2010
BEFORE YAs: My family is involved in Young Americans and being a YA was something I always wanted to do.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: My extra curricular activities included performing in the school musicals, working at an ice cream parlor, and directing plays with my family.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I love teaching kids and being able to spread my love of music to other people, Young Americans is the perfect place to do so.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I want to be a wedding planner.
JENNI FISHBAUGHER
Jennifer Fishbaugher
Washington, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2010
BEFORE YAs: I once wanted to own a dance studio and make it a safe haven for those who were lacking in self confidence and moral support.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: Barbershop quartets, choir, piano, composing/arranging music, competition/convention dancer.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: Through the experience of Dance Excellence I had a realization that the Young Americans was successful at doing what I wanted to do in life, which was to help people and change the world positively.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I would love to be a counselor, therapist, or psychologist just to help people through their problems: make them feel special and wonderful, because everyone deserves to feel that way.
JIANA-ODLAND
Jiana Odland
Illinois, USA
JoshKurtz
Joshua Kurtz
New Jersey, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2010
BEFORE YAs: I wanted to be a play writer and a director.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: My extra curricular activities in school included school musicals, drama show cases, and clubs.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I wanted to see the world, help kids, and perform.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I would love to own my own theater and write and direct musicals.
YOSHI-SPIRK
Joshua Spirk “Yoshi”
Arizona, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2010
BEFORE YAs: I was going to play baseball and study English at the University of Arizona. And major in creative writing.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: I played baseball and football but also was heavily involved with technical theater and in my senior year I joined choir.
JOINED THE YAs: I joined the YAs because I was more inspired by these young people that taught me in three days then anyone else in my whole life and I wanted to be able to do that for other people someday.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I would like to be a touring hard rock musician and eventually go in to teaching.
JustinRay
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.
KatStevens
Kat Stevens
Nebraska, USA
KIM STANIZZI
Kimberly Stanizzi
New Hampshire, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2010
BEFORE YAs: I was planning to go to school to earn my BFA in Musical Theatre, with the ultimate goal of performing on Broadway.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: My extra curricular activities were community theatre, honors choir, dance and voice lessons.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: No other school provided the same extraordinary opportunities in which the YA’s do. I knew it was a once in a lifetime experience that I did not want to give up! It was the best of both worlds, providing college courses, as well as incredible performance and teaching opportunities.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: YA has opened my eyes to my love and passion for working with children. I plan to eventually finish my degree in Elementary Education, and of course always incorporate music in everything I do!
KRISTAN-NESTA
Kristan Nesta
Pennsylvania, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2010
BEFORE YAs: I wanted to be a baker.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: I participated in marching band, choir, I played soccer and volleyball and was in national honor society.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I joined because I wanted to give back the experience that I got from the workshops that changed my life.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: My future is still undecided but for now I want to continue touring the world doing what I love to do.
KristiWilhelm
Kristi Wilhelm
Illinois, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2009
BEFORE YAs: I wanted to go to Millikin University for Musical Theater.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: My extra curricular activities were basketball, track & field, National Honor Society, Springfield Ballet Company, school clubs, school choir, school musicals, and piano!
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: The YAs were the most unique group of inspiring people that changed my life in only three days…so I wanted to do the same and inspire kids all over the world, changing one heart at a time.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I want to go back to school and study health and nutrition.
KRISTIN-WOODALL
Kristin Woodall
Washington, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2011
BEFORE YAs: Live in California pursue dance and sign with an agency.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: I took Dance team and cheer.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I wanted to share my passion of dancing to people all over the world.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: Continue to pursue dancing as a career and eventually work with special needs children with dance therapy.
MARIA-OMIDI
Maria Omidi
Germany
NEW KID YEAR: 2011
BEFORE YAs: My plans were to go to university and study psychology.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: I worked for the school newspaper, was involved with politics and sang in choir.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I joined because I fell in love with what the YAs do. I love the idea of changing lives through singing and dancing.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I want to study international management and become an airplane pilot.
MARIKO-NOGUCHI
Mariko Noguchi
Japan
NEW KID YEAR: 2011
BEFORE YAs: I didn’t know exactly what but I knew I wanted work internationally.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: A lot of studying and also working with kids.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: A former cast visited Japan inspired me with how affective they were to kids even when they were in different culture and in different language.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I don’t know exactly yet but I want to do something with kids and want to keep my ability to be able to speak other languages.
MARY-LEIST
Mary Leist
Michigan, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2005
BEFORE YAs: I wanted to go to school for pre-med and music therapy.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: Softball, Cross Country, Choir, Senior Class Secretary, NHS, Youth Group.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I joined YA’s because they changed my life with their love and support through music and I wanted to pay it forward.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: Continuing on with a career that involves people and music and traveling the world.
BUDDY-MANOROTHKUL
Naris “Buddy” Manorothkul
California, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2011
BEFORE YAs: I graduated from U.C. Merced with a B.A. in Psychology and a fine arts minor. I wanted to be in a Cirque Du Soleil show one day!
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: Swim team, track team, cheer, gymnastics, theater, & show choir!
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: The YAs made me feel special. They made me want to embrace everything about who I am, and to do what I love with all I have. I want to make other kids feel the same way about themselves.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I plan to keep on dancing and teaching while going for my PhD. In clinical or health psychology.
NICK-TOWNSEND
Nick Townsend
Nebraska, USA
NickieDubick
Nickie Dubick
New Hampshire, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2009
BEFORE YAs: I wanted to go to Culinary School.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: My extra curricular activities included swimming and choir.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I wanted to keep music apart of my daily life, and The Young Americans is the best way to do so.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I would like to go to school for music education and arts management.
OLIVER-NEWTON
Oliver Newton
Colorado, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2010
BEFORE YAs: Planned to be a pianist after high school.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: Band, a peer ambassadors program, and jazz bands.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I loved the way they taught and connected with kids and because of how workshop made me feel.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I’d like to teach English as a second language and continue to travel.
SAMANTHA-MBOLEKWA
Samantha Mbolekwa
Canada
SAM-BENSON
Samuel Benson
Wyoming, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2010
BEFORE YAs: I actually planned on studying architecture and/or veterinary medicine.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: I was involved in drama, choir, orchestra, marching band, and swimming.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I joined the group because the young Americans brought an understanding of music I had never seen before and I wanted to be able to spread the amazing feeling that they gave me to everyone else.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I have no idea what I would like to do yet in the future, I would just like to be happy and have a beautiful family.
SCOTT-BENSON
Scott Benson
Nebraska, USA
SHELBY-DUBIN
Shelby Dubin
Michigan, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2011
BEFORE YAs: I was planning on going to a college in Michigan.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: My extra curriculars were dance and clubs.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I saw the Young Americans perform at Dance Excellence and instantly fell in love and knew I wanted to be a part of the group.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I plan on auditioning and going to school to finish my degree.
StevenLincoln
Stephen Lincoln
California, USA
STEVEN-STURGEON
Steven Sturgeon
California, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2008
BEFORE YAs: I planned on being a physical therapist.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: My extra curricular activities included choir and drama.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I love music, and I love kids so The Young Americans is the perfect place to do the things I love.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I want to be an elementary school teacher.
TAYLOR-SCOTT
Taylor Scott
Nebraska, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2010
BEFORE YAs: I had no idea what I wanted to do except that I knew I wanted to travel. The worlds too big of place to not explore!
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: Concert Band, Marching Band, Show Choir, Choir, Men’s Ensemble.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I grew up always loving music. I had no idea what to do with my life at the age of 18 except that I wanted to travel and keep music in my life. The opportunity to do both came up with the Young Americans so it just turned out to be an experience I could not pass up!
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I hope to be life-long learner, traveler, and musician. Wherever life may take me those are the things I will strive to obtain. I’ve always been a go with the flow kind of person so as long as I’m happy life is good!
ZAK-HARRINGTON
Zak Harrington
Indiana, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2011
BEFORE YAs: I wanted to find some way to keep music in my life and pursue carpentry.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: Soccer, Choir, Show choir, Work.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: An alumni back home told me all about it and that it was perfect for me. Also my best friend CoCo was in it.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I’m plan to continue to work in music and production.
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