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Japan Fall
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2014
SEPTEMBER - NOVEMBER
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 | 2014
COMING SOON
Cast & Bios
Alex-Brown
Alex Brown
Canada
NEW KID YEAR: 2012
BEFORE YAs: Go to college, or continue working full time.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: I was on a few sports teams, as well as being a part of my Dance Company in high school.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: When I took a workshop for the first time, I saw how the YoungAmericans performed, and how connected they were, and really wanted to be a part of that.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: Go back to school for a little while, get my degree, and I want to travel to Australia.
ANDREA-NEAHOUS
Andrea Neahous
Wisconsin, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2011
BEFORE YAs: I planned to go to Tennessee State University until I got accepted to the Young Americans.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: I was in Spanish Club, Choir and a group called Best Buddies. I also had a part time job and Culvers and spent most of my afternoons there.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: Because they inspired me so much with their kindness towards the kids and each other, and their love for music.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I would love to move to Southern California and go to college :)
Arianna-McMonagle
Arianna McMonagle
California
NEW KID YEAR: 2012
BEFORE YAs: Brigham Young University for the English program.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: Choir, Theater, Dance, and Art
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I home stayed some AMAZING Young Americans in 2010 and it changed my life and made me realize I’d been selfish and unkind. I wanted to learn to love people freely like they loved me. The togetherness I experienced in workshop made me realize I want to work with other people.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I want to perform a little and teach a lot!
Brion-Kerry
Brion Kerry
California
NEW KID YEAR: 2012
BEFORE YAs: I was going to go to community college and study musical theatre.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: Musical Theatre.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: My parents and sister are all alumni, it was kinda destined to happen.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I want to go to New York City and work on Broadway!
Caitlyn-Peters
Caitlyn Peters
California
NEW KID YEAR: 2012
BEFORE YAs: I was going to go to college to get my teaching credential.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: I did soccer, volleyball, tennis, choir, and student council.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I joined the group because I saw a Young American show and it was a type of passion and love I’ve never seen before and wanted to be a part of it.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: After the YAs my plan is to go back to school and get my teaching credential and be a high school teacher.
Charleston-Troutman
Charleston Troutman
Georgia
NEW KID YEAR: 2012
BEFORE YAs: I attended Georgia College & State University for two years pursuing a pre-law degree.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: I participated in musical theatre, ballet, church choir.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: The Young Americans inspired me to be myself and pursue my dreams. I joined the group to share that same message with kids around the world.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I may go back to school to pursue law.
COURTNEY MACMILLAN
Courtney MacMillan
Colorado, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2010
BEFORE YAs: After my brother and sister joined the YAs, I didn’t really plan on doing anything else. Who knows what would have happened if I hadn’t gotten in?!
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: I did a few musicals with my high school, but mostly I danced after school at a local studio.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: Both of my parents were YAs and both went to college, but all of their best friends now are YAs. I wanted those kinds of people in my life.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I want to live in Boston. My ultimate goal would be to have my own professional dance company.
Darby-Bell
Darby Bell
Indiana
Eri-Matsumoto
Eri “Elly” Matsumoto
Japan
NEW KID YEAR: 2012
BEFORE YAs: My dream was to be YAs since I was in junior high.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: I did dance, school band.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I love music, kids, performing, traveling, and seeing different people. and when I took workshop, YA taught me very important things through the music. I thought this is exactly what I wanna do.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I wanna keep performing!
GaryYu
Gary Yu
California, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2008
BEFORE YAs: Plans were auditioning for artist training programs while attending school for Business Management/Economics.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: Extra curricular in high school was show choir.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I joined because I took one of their workshops at my school and saw the same dreams and goals of spreading positivity to people through music and art.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: Continue pursuing my dream as a performer and attending an artist training company.
Hanna-Partridge
Hanna Partridge
England
NEW KID YEAR: 2012
BEFORE YAs: My plans after getting my A-levels was to get a full time job in London.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: Extra curriculars was choir, art, running, hockey.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I joined because it is such a great organisation and an amazing way to travel the world!
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I plan to do 3 or 4 tours and then hopefully get a job in Music in London.
JLin-Jordan
J’Lin Jordan
Louisiana
NEW KID YEAR: 2012
BEFORE YAs: Plans were to Southeastern University and major in music education.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: Extra curriculars were choral, band, Key Club, Bible Club, etc.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I joined YA’s because they changed my life in such a positive way, so I want to share that with other kids around the world.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: Continue performing and helping kids, and maybe someday become a teacher!
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.
Jason-Liebson
Jason Liebson
California
NEW KID YEAR: 2012
BEFORE YAs: Plans were attend St. Olaf College and double major in Music Education and Theatre.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: Extra curriculars were drama, orchestra (viola/double bass), jazz band (voice/alto sax), aerial arts (silk, static/flying trapeze).
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I wanted to perform, teach, and see the world, so Young Americans made the most sense.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I plan to go back to a university (possibly overseas) and finish school, maybe perform for a little bit, and then teach music somewhere in the UK!
JONNY GONZALES
Jonny Gonzalez
Nebraska, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2010
BEFORE YAs: I wanted to go to a performance school.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: Show choir.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I joined because i wanted to perform and travel and teach.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I want to be a professional dancer.
KalaBruce
Kala Bruce
Colorado, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2010
BEFORE YAs: I was planning on studying dance at University.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: My extra curricular activities included lots of dance.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I joined because its the perfect place to do what I love.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I want to own my own event coordinating company.
KATIE SPEICHER
Katie Speicher
Florida, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2010
BEFORE YAs: I planned on attending the University of Minnesota and joining their dance team.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: I was on my school’s dance team, was part of a competitive dance company, and was the treasurer for my Student Government.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I joined the Young Americans to have the opportunity to inspire others the way I was inspired when I first saw the group perform.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I plan on finishing my degree and continuing to perform.
Keenen-Lattimore
Keenen Lattimore
Tennessee
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.
Mary-Lehmann
Mary Lehmann
Michigan
NEW KID YEAR: 2012
BEFORE YAs: My plans were to audition for musical theater at colleges that were in Michigan.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: Choir, band, tennis, golf, dance, voice lessons.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I joined YA’s because it was one of the only performance based school where everyone supports eachother. Competition wasn’t the main focus of the group.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I plan on moving to New York and start auditioning for shows or attend Penn State University to finish a degree in musical theater.
Michael-Lunder
Michael Lunder
Minnesota
NEW KID YEAR: 2012
BEFORE YAs: I wanted to be a Vet before I met the YA’s.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: A lot of jobs, track, show choir, musicals, gymnastics, and dance for a few months of my senior year.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I joined because they used music to make me feel better about myself during a time when I was bullied for loving music.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I don’t have any plans right now, but I would love to stay involved with music no matter what I do!
Motoko-Murata
Motoko Murata
Japan
NICOLE-SCHROEDER
Nicole Schroeder
Michigan, USA
Quiana-McElroy
Quiana McElroy
Alaska
Ricky-Hill
Ricky Hill
Michigan
NEW KID YEAR: 2012
BEFORE YAs: I was planning on either going to school for a degree in Music Education or going to law school.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: Football, Track and Field, Debate Team (2010 State Title), Choir, Mona Shores Allegros (Musical Theatre).
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I have always had a passion for teaching and music, and being able to affect kids around the world. The first YA show I ever saw was Boyne 2010, and I was so blown away I knew I had to audition immediately after the show.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I plan on going back to school (in California or Michigan) for degree in Music Education.
Riley-Knight
Riley Knight
Nebraska
NEW KID YEAR: 2012
BEFORE YAs: I wanted to be a high school band director.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: Band, choir, theater, speech and debate.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I wanted to help kids just like the group helped my sister.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I want to go back to college and become a high school band director.
SAMANTHA-MBOLEKWA
Samantha Mbolekwa
Canada
Shane-Eagen
Shane Eagen
California
Shantal-Francis
Shantal Francis
Florida
NEW KID YEAR: 2012
BEFORE YAs: After highschool, I received an Associates Degree in Psychology.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: I was very involved in the music department in highschool as well as honor societies.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I love the support and inspiration I felt as a townkid and wanted to provide that for others. Also, when the YAs sang “We Wish You Love” I knew I wanted to be a part of that.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I’m not sure what I want to do after Young Americans. I might want to perform or become a psychologist!
Shelby-Wallace
Shelby Wallace
Tennessee
STEWART BIRLEY
Stewart Birley
United Kingdom
NEW KID YEAR: 2009
BEFORE YAs: I planned on going to college and studying sport science.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: In school I played soccer, was in school choir and did drama.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I joined to give back all the experiences that were given to me.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: Still deciding what my future plans are but I would love to live in America.
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!
Taylor-Smith
Taylor Smith
Michigan
NEW KID YEAR: 2012
BEFORE YAs: I was planning on going to western Michigan university and studying elementary education.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: I was a part of the drama club and assisted teaching in elementary schools and pre schools.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I’ve done workshops since I was a kid and I fell in love with the spirit and absolute joy the YA’s brought to my town and to my life!
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I’m planning on getting my bachelors in elementary education and continuing to teach!
Tomomi-Nakamura
Tomomi Nakamura
Japan
Yuriko-Kawabe
Yuriko Kawabe
Japan
NEW KID YEAR: 2012
BEFORE YAs: I was supposed to go to community college in the United States.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: I took ballet and dance class all through out high school.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: Because I like to work with kids and travel to other countries. Also when I took workshop of Young Americans, they inspired me so much.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I don’t know yet, but I want to do whatever happen to me.
ZACH-SMOLNIK
Zach Smolnik
Nebraska, USA
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