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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
SEPT 11-12
FUKUSHIMA / Sasaya Elementary School
SEPT 13-14
DATE Special / Date Toryo Middle School
SEPT 16-17
DATE / Date East Elementary School
SEPT 18
FUKUSHIMA / Omori Elementary School
SEPT 19
IWAKI / Special Ed. School
SEPT 20-21
MIYAGI / University of Education
SEPT 24-26
RIKUZENTAKATA / Takata Daiichi Middle School
SEPT 27-28
RIKUZENTAKATA Family / Takata Elementary School
SEPT 29
RIKUZENTAKATA / Takata Elementary School
SEPT 30
SENDAI / Takasago Middle School
OCT 2-3
OOFUNATO / Okirai Elementary & Middle school
OCT 4
RIKUZENTAKATA Special
OCT 6-7
RIKUZENTAKATA
OCT 9-10
KORIYAMA / Nishida District Elementary & Middle School
OCT 12-13
TAGAJO Cultural Center Special Family
OCT 15-16
DATE / Hobara Elementary School
OCT 17-19
Yamagata
OCT 20-21
YAMANO
OCT 23-24
IWAKI / Teacher’s Development
OCT 25-26
IWAKI Family / Chuoudai Minami Middle School
OCT 28-29
IWAKI / Ooura Elemntary School
OCT 30-31
IWAKI / Onahama Daini Elemntary School
NOV 2-3
MINAMISOUMA Family
NOV 5-7
FUTABA / Ookuma Elemntary & Middle School
NOV 8-9
FUTABA / Ookuma Family
NOV 11-13
IWAKI / Onahama Higashi Elementary School
NOV 14-16
IWAKI / Student Council Summit
NOV 18-19
IWAKI / Chuodai kita Middle School
NOV 20-21
SHINCHI / Shouei Middle School
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
NEW KID YEAR: 2012
BEFORE YAs: I was planning to go to college.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: Soccer, Madrigals/Gold Rush Choir, Chamber Choir, Community Theatre, Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council, and Band.
JOINED THE YAs: I have always loved performing but for some reason I always felt like my mindset was different. I was so passionate about life and performing and had a hard time meeting anyone that shared the same feeling. I’ve always adored kids and my community theatre was very keen on involving the kids in our shows and I loved taking care of them during that time. The Young Americans are passion and they inspire kids and people all over the world through music. Joining this organization was the most incredible way that I could give all of myself to kids, doing what I love at the same time.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I definitely will play soccer again. Whether it be through college or a league. Eventually I would love to go to college and get my Masters in music. I also want to see more of the world. Be it through performing on a cruise ship or through a praise team on a missions trip. I will continue to pursue my love of music.
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!
JACOB-FIGUEROA
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!
JIMMYKERRYHEADSHOT
Jimmy Kerry
NEW KID YEAR: 2012
BEFORE YAs: I graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in film.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: I was training for the Olympics in artistic gymnastics.
JOINED THE YAs: I have always loved the YAs and it gave me an oppertunity to follow a career in sound engineering.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I plan to continue training in sound and one day run sound for a Broadway show.
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
NEW KID YEAR: 2011
BEFORE YAs: I was enrolled in The Great Lakes Maritime Academy in my hometown to get my maritime license and eventually become a captain on a freighter on the Great Lakes.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: Downhill ski racing, golf, tennis, choir and theater.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I wanted to make kids feel as important and talented as the YAs made me feel when I took workshop.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: Most likely I will go to the Maritime Academy and eventually go back to school and continue my growth and knowledge in other subjects.
Quiana-McElroy
Quiana McElroy
Alaska
NEW KID YEAR: 2012
BEFORE YAs: I have always aspired to be a special education music teacher!
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: In high school it participated in student council, choir, and track.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I joined the Young Americans to work with kids that love music as much as I do, but I mainly wanted help kids that do not enjoy music realize how impactful it can be!
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I want to open an after school performing arts center for teens who have no other positive alternative.
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.
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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