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In working with over 2,000 school systems, it has been very apparent that schools everywhere are looking for new and creative ways to keep their fine arts programs alive and healthy. Our new show, Turn Up The Music, is kicking off just such an opportunity for schools, as part of our campaign, to raise one million dollars for the schools we work with throughout the United States in the next 3 years.
HOW WE GOT HERE: For over 20 years, The Young Americans International Music Outreach Tour has traveled throughout the world promoting music in schools with our 3-day workshop and show. Students are given the opportunity to learn an hour variety show in just 2 days from the cast of 45 Young Americans. The idea is to energize students, teachers and the community about the importance and benefits from the performing arts through the finale show presented on the 3rd day.
The success of the Outreach Tours is still growing, but we want to take it to the next level. As the world’s largest non-profit youth music advocacy group, we want to reach as many students as possible while being able to raise additional funds for your fine arts programs.
Tour Schedule | SEPTEMBER – NOVEMBER 2014
SEPT 10-12
52′ Wing & La Qui Parle Valley School – Appleton, MN ›› |
SEPT 14-16
Lawrenceburg HS – Lawrenceburg, IN ›› |
SEPT 18-20
Milford HS – Highland, MI ›› |
SEPT 21-23
Bellefontaine HS – Bellefontaine, OH ›› |
SEPT 25-27
Lakota West HS – West Chester, OH›› |
SEPT 28-30
Nativity School – Cincinnati, OH ›› |
OCT 2-4
Attica Central HS – Attica, NY
OCT 5-7
Newark HS – Newark, NY ›› |
OCT 9-11
Orono, ME
OCT 12-14
Herman, ME
OCT 16-18
Greenville HS – Chester, VT ›› |
OCT 19-21
North Reading, MA
OCT 23-25
Milford High School – Milford, NH ›› |
OCT 26-28
Nashua High School North – Nashua, NH
OCT,NOV 30-31-1
Clarion Area HS – Clarion, PA
NOV 2-5
Keystone HS – Knox, PA
NOV 6-8
Timber Creek HS – Sicklerville, NJ ›› |
NOV 9-11
Montgomery School – Chester Springs, PA
NOV 13-15
OPEN Workshop
NOV 16-18
OPEN Workshop
NOV 20-22
Robbinsville High School – Trenton, NJ
Tour Schedule | JANUARY – MARCH 2014
JAN 9-12
El Segundo High School – El Segundo, CA
JAN 15-17
Dallas, TX
JAN 18-20
Watson, LA
JAN 22-24
Marksville, LA
JAN 25-27
Slidell, LA
JAN 29-31
Bogalusa, LA
FEB 1-3
Ponchatula, LA
FEB 5-7
Milton, FL
FEB 8-10
Franklinton, LA
FEB 12-14
Gainesville, GA
FEB 15-17
Gainesville, GA
FEB 19-21
Charleston, SC
FEB 26-28
Miami, FL
MAR 5-7
Gallatin, TN
MAR 8-10
Lafayette, TN
MAR 11-13
Cleveland, TN
MAR 15-17
Rogers, AR
MAR 19-21
Gallman, MS
MAR 22-24
Marks, MS
ALEX C
Alex Cesena
California
Alyssa-Millar
Alyssa Millar
Pennsylvania
NEW KID YEAR: 2012
BEFORE YAs: I was going to go to college for dance and early education.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: Extra curriculars were orchestra, theater, dance team, NHS, MAT, and dance performing group.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I joined the YA’s because I could teach kids and still perform. Also, I would have the opportunity to travel.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I hope to go to a college near my home to get a degree in early education. Eventually I would like to open my own dance studio.
ANASTASIA C
Anastasia Culin
New Jersey
Andrea-Sarasin
Andrea Sarasin
New Hampshire
ANGEL P
Angel Principato
New Jersey
Annie-Gies
Anne Gies
Illinois
NEW KID YEAR: 2012
BEFORE YAs: Go to 4 year college and get a degree. Probably major in business.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: I was on the dance team at my high school.
JOINED THE YAs: I wasn’t ready to stop singing and dancing and going to a 4 year college meant not singing and dancing. Instead I wanted to see where Young Americans could take me.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I will look for performing jobs. I will definitely go to college sometime in the next 4 years though.
BECCA-TARR
Becca Tarr
New Hampshire, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2011
BEFORE YAs: I planned on going to Emerson College for Musical Theatre.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: My extracurricular activities included select choir, marching band, drama club, and community theatre.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I joined so that I could give children all around the world the same joy that The Young Americans gave me when they came to my school.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I want to keep traveling and seeing as many places and meeting as many people as I can in my life. Of course I want to keep performing, and someday I would love to open up a children’s theatre!
REBECCA V
Becca Vasques
New Hampshire
BETHANY-SPENGLER
Bethany Spengler
Colorado, USA
Brodie-Case
Brodie Case
California
NEW KID YEAR: 2012
BEFORE YAs: Attend Victor Valley Community College, and run tech for a community theatre.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: ASB, Drama, Choir, Mock Trial, National Forensics League, International Thespian Society.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I’ve always wanted to travel, plus I love teching shows.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: Get a job at a respected theatre or with a touring show doing tech.
Courtney-Ruff
Courtney Ruff
Iowa
NEW KID YEAR: 2012
BEFORE YAs: I planned to go to Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa to major in Elementary Education and minor in Theatre as well as run cross country and track. I actually did this for two years before joining the Young Americans in 2012.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: I ran cross country and track; played soccer, softball, and basketball; was in show choir and choir; participated in theatre and speech; was a member of student council, national honors society, Spanish national honors society, and a group called Undefeated.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I had always had both a passion for performing and teaching and I felt as though the Young Americans would be a way to combine both of my dreams. I also knew that through this program I would have the chance to inspire others and learn from people from all over the world.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I want to continue performing in some way. I also want to teach at an Indian Reservation and start my own Children’s Theatre.
DANIEL A
Daniel Adams
New Hampshire
Danielle-Piccolomini
Danielle Piccolomini
Delaware
Danil-Chernyy
Danil Chernyy
Russia
David-Tocci
David Tocci
Massachusetts
EMMA A
Emma Ayotte
New Hampshire
FrankieInfante
Franky Infante
New Hampshire, USA
HANNAH-DAY
Hannah Day
New Hampshire, USA
Hannah-Efsits
Hannah Efsits
Indiana
Isaiah-Silvia-Chandley
Isaiah Silvia-Chandley
New Hampshire
NEW KID YEAR: 2012
BEFORE YAs: I planned to go to a performing arts college.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: Chorus, Community Theater, Dance, football, hockey, track and field, Boys and Girls Club employee and volunteer, Church group.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: The YAs inspired and impacted my life greatly and I would love to do the same for other children around the world.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I would love to perform professionally and then eventually own my own performing arts center.
Jenny-Case
Jenny Case
California
NEW KID YEAR: 2012
BEFORE YAs: I’ve always striven to be a performing arts teacher ever since I started dance at age 3. I never knew there was a perfect school to attend like YAs until my senior year of high school.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: Show choir, soccer, volleyball, painting, church youth group.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I went to our Holiday Show (The Magic of Christmas) to see my first YA show. Then auditioned after because I spoke to a few YAs before the show and they told me about all the opportunities you get and the amazing family you join. i was in awe after watching the ballet and church scene and said to myself, “I can do that, I was created for this group.”
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I would like to finish school and get my teacher’s degree. Proceed with going into the musical theater business.
Jeremiah-Ybarra
Jeremiah Ybarra
California
JOHNNA-GRIFFIN
Johnna Griffin
California, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2011
BEFORE YAs: I planned on continuing college and becoming a teacher.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: I was involved in ASB, Drama, cheerleading and the honors programs.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I wanted to elaborate my love for performing and to teach kids around the world.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I plan on performing for Disney and then becoming a teacher.
JONAH B
Jonah Buckels
California
JOSHUA-KURTZ
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.
KATYA K
Katya Kaminsky
Massachusetts
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.
KRISTEN-GUARINO
Kristen Guarino
New York, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2011
BEFORE YAs: I planned to go to a 4-year university to study music education.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: Soccer, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Choir, Dance, Student Council, Spanish Club and Varsity Club
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I wanted to join the Young Americans because when they came to my school, I had so much fun taking the workshop and I wanted to give that same joy that I got to other kids as well.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: After the Young Americans, I plan to attend a 4-year university, hopefully to study music education or go wherever the world takes me.
Kyle-Goleman
Kyle Goleman
New Hampshire
NEW KID YEAR: 2012
BEFORE YAs: Lived in Los Angeles pursuing his acting career. Some of his most prominent work was on Nickelodeon’s hit show “iCarly”, in Toby Keith’s “Beers Ago” music video, in Bridget Mendler’s “We Can Change the World” music video, in the short film “The Kids Don’t Like It”, and in various commercials for Doritos, Porsche, Best Buy and Nintendo DS.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: Highschool Choir, Showchoir & Jazz Choir.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: Before I did my first workshop with Young Americans when I was 10, my life was all about sports. Young Americans opened my eyes to the world of performing and I have found my true passion in life. Now, I want to give back and do that for other kids.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I want to move back to LA, to further pursue my acting career.
KYLE-HERTAUS
Kyle Hertaus
Minnesota, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2011
BEFORE YAs: My plans after high school were to attend Mankato State in Minnesota, and get my generals degree.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: Choir, Pop Choir, Musicals, One-Act Plays, and Student Council.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I joined the Young Americans after taking 3 workshops, when the YA’s came to my home town. The YA’s that came my senior year of high school really impacted my life, so I knew that was what I wanted to do.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: There are many plans that I have thought about doing after Young Americans. I would love to perform on a Cruise Line, work for Disney, get into the Film Industry, then after I have had my fun, I would love to give back and open my own Handicap Organization that uses Musical Therapy.
KYLE W
Kyle Wood
New Hampshire
Liz-Laramie
Liz Laramie
New Hampshire
Mackenzie-Leal
Mackenzie Leal
Maine
Mark-Vavra
Mark Vavra
Nebraska
NEW KID YEAR: 2012
BEFORE YAs: I planned on attending the University of South Dakota to Major in Business and minor in Performing Arts.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: My extra curriculars were: Band, Choir, Jazz Band, Show Choir, Marching Band, Football, Basketball, Track and Field, One Act, Speech,and Musical.
JOINED THE YAs: I joined YAs because i wanted to bring back music in the schools and teach the children of the world the freedom and joy of fine arts.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: My plans for after YA’s is to attend either The University of South Dakota or Midland Lutheran College to get my Degree.
Molly-Wick
Molly Wick
Minnesota
Nick-Hudson
Nick Hudson
Indiana
NEW KID YEAR: 2012
BEFORE YAs: Plans were to attend Purdue university for psychology.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: Show choir, choir, diving team, drama, and French club.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: Taking the workshop my senior year at my high school and watching the YAs perform Lion King. Their passion inspired me to give my all and want to share my love of music with the world through teaching.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I hope to pursue music and either finish my degree in music education or be able to write and share my music with the world through performance.
OLGA G
Olga Gorbunova
Russia
OMAR
Omar Canedo
Alaska
ORION W
Orion Wagner
Colorado
RACHEL-CARON
Rachel Caron
Maine, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2011
BEFORE YAs: I wanted to be involved with the entertainment industry.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: I was president of student council, vice president of key club, president of my senior class, in drama, involved in environmental club, I ran track, played soccer and was on the diving team.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: The Young Americans was everything I wanted in my life, working with kids, and performing all over the world.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: Right now, I am thinking of joining the peace core after my time with Young Americans in order to continue helping people in a hand on type of environment.
RILEY H
Riley Hutchins
California
RUSSELL-KLIMAS
Russell Klimas
Colorado, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2011
BEFORE YAs: I planned on finishing my business degree.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: I did student council and theater.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I wanted to get to know new people, travel and perform.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I want to own my own dance company that focuses on telling stories through movement versus words.
SamFocer
Sam Focer
Pennsylvania, USA

NEW KID YEAR: 2009

FAVORITE MUSIC: I love pop (Top 40) and little bit of everything else music-wise.

CONTACT: SamFuseru@gmail.com

  • I love learning new things, expanding my knowledge, and I love to experience new cultures and customs. My passion for music and sharing it with the world is matched by my persistence in continuing even when I fail.
TRENT D
Trent Douglas
Michigan
Tymoor-Rahoumi
Tymoor Rahoumi
New Jersey
XAVIER J
Xavier Joson
California
ZACH-STAUFFER
Zach Stauffer
Nebraska, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2011
BEFORE YAs: I wanted to college to become a journalist.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: I played golf, was in show choir, and performed in musicals.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I wanted to give back the gift that I received.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I’m still deciding what it is I want to do but as of now I want to continue touring the world doing what I love.
Our Progress & How to get involved
The Young Americans new program, “Turn Up the Music,” has already achieved a measure of success that, until now, could only be imagined!  Launched in Southern California this past May with the “Reflections” show, the Turn Up the Music initiative endeavors to raise $1,000,000.00 for music programs all over the United States in the next three years.  The YA National Tour Summer Camp series started this goal off with a big bang!  Read ahead for our awesome summer accomplishments.
  • Harbor Springs, MI @ Harbor Springs High School (2 weeks)
  • $31,263.93 donated to music programs in Harbor Springs Public Schools plus a portion distributed to surrounding schools.
  • Paw Paw, MI @ Paw Paw High School
  • $17,060 to the Van Buren Intermediate School District for music programs within the school district. (Paw Paw is part of the VBISD)
  • Fremont, NE @ Midland University (2 weeks)
  • $21,000 towards rebuilding the Arts at Midland University as well as local music and arts programs
  • Corona, CA @ Corona High School
  • $5,065 toward music programs at Corona High School, Santiago High School, Roosevelt High School, and Centennial High School
  • El Segundo, CA @ El Segundo High School: August 6-10
  • $6,714 donated to the El Segundo Education Foundation (Ed! Foundation) to help music programs in El Segundo schools
  • Tustin, CA @ Columbus Tustin Middle School (2 performances)
  • $11,517 donated to the Tustin Public Schools Foundation for music programs in the Tustin Public School District
Can we help you do the math?  The above donations total $92,619.93 raised for music programs through the summer camps alone.  We’re almost a tenth of the way there!  We believe, now more than ever, that we can reach our million dollar goal. We can’t be more excited about the positive changes these monies will make in the lives of our country’s youth.  Check out our tour schedules to see where we’re traveling and where more of these funds will be allocated.  We’d love to help your local schools as well.  Give us a call to book the outreach tour so we can Turn Up the Music for your community!
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FALL TOUR 2014 | SEPT-NOV
EASTERN REGION TOUR – OPEN for schools throughout Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia
SPRING TOUR 2015 | JAN-MARCH
SOUTHERN REGION TOUR – OPEN for schools throughout Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Tennessee, South Carolina, and North Carolina
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Raising up schools across the nation.
Congratulations to the schools that have hosted The Young Americans & Turn Up The Music. These schools have proven to go above and beyond to support their school’s fine arts programs.
Platinum Record Level
Raised $2,448
St. Mary’s Cathedral School – Gaylord, MI
Raised $11,087
West Ottowa High School – Holland, MI
Raised $2,507
Mona Shores High School – Muskegon, MI
Raised $2,733
Thomas Jefferson Middle School – Port Washington, WI
Gold Record Level
CANADA
Raised over $1,500
HB Beal Secondary School – London, ON, Canada
Raised $750
Westminster Secondary School – London, ON, Canada
Raised $500
Widdefield Secondary School – North Bay, ON, Canada
CALIFORNIA
Raised $500
Palo Verde College – Blythe, CA
Raised $9,333.50
El Segundo USD, El Segundo, CA
Raised $250
St. Anthony’s Catholic School, El Segundo, CA
Raised $750
Encore JR. & SR. High School – Hesperia, CA
Raised $7,000
Los Alamitos USD & Education Foundation – Los Alamitos, CA
Raised $2,554
Milikan High School – Long Beach, CA
Raised $2,554
Valley Christian High School – Long Beach, CA
Raised $1,000
Rosemead High School – Rosemead, CA
Raised $750
Daniel Webster Elementary School – Pasadena, CA
ILLINOIS
Raised $750
Belvidere High School – Belvidere, IL
Raised $750
Brooks Middle School – Oak Park, IL
Raised $750
Springfield High School – Springfield, IL
MICHIGAN
Raised $500
Allegan High School – Allegan, MI
Raised $500
Alpena High School, Alpena – MI
Raised $2,432
Academy of the Sacred Heart – Bloomfield Hills, MI
Raised $500
Boyne City High School – Boyne City, MI
Raised $250
Bridgman High School – Bridgman, MI
Raised $1,500
Caro High School – Caro, MI
Raised $500
Clarkston Community Schools – Clarkston, MI
Raised $250
Charlevoix High School – Charlevoix, MI
Raised $500
Cheboygan High School – Cheboygan, MI
Raised $2,545
Dowagiac Union High School – Dowagiac, MI
Raised $750
East Jordan High School – East Jordan, MI
Raised $750
Island City Academy – Eaton Rapids, MI
Raised $500
Frankenmuth High School – Frankenmuth, MI
Raised $2,448
St. Mary’s Cathedral School – Gaylord, MI
Raised $750
Greenville High School – Greenville, MI
Raised $250
Harbor Springs High School – Harbor Springs, MI
Raised $11,087
West Ottowa High School – Holland, MI
Raised $750
Westwood High School, Ishpeming, MI
Raised $500
Lake Orion High School – Lake Orion, MI
Raised $2,507
Mona Shores High School – Muskegon, MI
Raised $500
Hill-McCloy High School – Montrose, MI
Raised over $2,250
Niles High School – Niles, MI
Raised $1,500
Parma High School – Parma, MI
Raised $500
Paw Paw High School – Paw Paw, MI
Raised $500
Traverse City Christian HS – Traverse City, MI
Raised $500
Suttons Bay High School – Suttons Bay, MI
Raised $250
Swartz Creek High School – Swartz Creek, MI
Raised $500
Wayland Union High School – Wayland, MI
MINNESOTA
Raised $750
Irondale High School – New Brighton, MN
Raised $2,554
New Prague Middle School – New Prague, MN
WISCONSIN
Raised $373
Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic School – Madison, WI
Raised $1,500
Marinette Middle School – Marinette, WI
Raised $500
Greendale High School & Young Dance Academy – Oak Creek, WI
Raised $2,733
Thomas Jefferson Middle School – Port Washington, WI
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