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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
Hermon, 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
D’Ann Danse Studios | Delmar Middle School Delmar, MD ›› |
NOV 20-22
Robbinsville High School – Robbinsville, NJ ›› |
Tour Schedule | JANUARY – MARCH 2014
JAN 9-12
El Segundo High School – El Segundo, CA
JAN 15-17
Cedar Hill High School – Dallas, TX
JAN 18-20
South Live Oak Elementary – Watson, LA
JAN 22-24
Marksville High School – Marksville, LA
JAN 25-27
Slidell High School – Slidell, LA
JAN 29-31
Bogalusa High School – Bogalusa, LA
FEB 1-3
Ponchatula High School – Ponchatula, LA
FEB 5-7
Milton High School – Milton, FL
FEB 8-10
Franklinton High School – Franklinton, LA
FEB 12-14
Gainesville High School – Gainesville, GA
FEB 15-17
North Hall High School – Gainesville, GA
FEB 19-21
Charleston County School of the Arts – Charleston, SC
FEB 23-25
Everglades High School – Miramar, FL
FEB 26-28
Coral Reef High School – Miami, FL
MAR 5-7
Gallatin High School – Gallatin, TN
MAR 8-10
Macon County High School – Lafayette, TN
MAR 11-13
Cleveland St. Comm. College – Cleveland, TN
MAR 15-17
Rogers High School – Rogers, AR
MAR 19-21
Copiah Academy – Gallman, MS
MAR 22-24
Delta Academy – Marks, MS
ALEX C
Alex Cesena
California
NEW KID YEAR: 2013
BEFORE YAs: I was working at Starbucks, teaching theater to kids and working and performing in numerous community events.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: In high school I was in the theater troupe and played basketball.
JOINED THE YAs: I joined The Young Americans to learn how to be a better performer, better teacher and, travel the world.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: After I leave The Young Americans I would like to perform on Broadway.
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
NEW KID YEAR: 2013
BEFORE YAs: I would have gone to a College or Conservatory for a focus in Performing Arts, but The Young Americans College of the Performing Arts was the dream.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: I participated in NHS, The Harmony Show Choir, danced and taught at The Studio of Rhythm and Dance, played soccer, performed in school and community musicals and class play productions, and was a member of Thespian troupe 5480.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I did a workshop in 2008 and the YAs changed my life in such a positive and inspiring way that I knew I wanted to do the same for others as they did for me. Also, there is no better place to go where one can perform, travel, and work with children one-on-one in the most supportive and safe environment.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: It would be a blessing to continue to grow and learn with the YA’s for some time, then continue to perform and travel, and in the even farther future work with children with special needs in theatre, music, and performing arts.
Andrea-Sarasin
Andrea Sarasin
New Hampshire
NEW KID YEAR: 2012
BEFORE YAs: I was going to a state school in New Hampshire and studying dance and elementary education.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: Dance, newspaper editor, honor society.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I was completely blown away by the passion and commitment to one another that the Young Americans showed. I had to be apart of it.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I am not totally sure yet, but I know I would love to teach!
ANGEL P
Angel Principato
New Jersey
NEW KID YEAR: 2013
BEFORE YAs: I was planning on heading to NYU and eventually trying to make it on Broadway.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: In high school, I did the school wide musicals, independent studied in directing, was a member of Thespian Troupe 5480, and was a member of both NHS/NTHS.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: It was the only school that I felt valued me more as a person than a performer. Plus, helping kids and traveling the world was just a nifty little bonus.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: After YA’s I plan on going to Lancaster Bible College to get my Masters Degree to be a substance abuse counselor.
Annie-Gies
Anne Gies
Illinois
NEW KID YEAR: 2012
BEFORE YAs: I was planning to go to Columbia College in Chicago.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: Competitive Dance Team.
JOINED THE YAs: I joined the YAs to teach kids how to use singing and dancing to change their lives for the better and to make them happy..
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I would love to work in production or work on cruise ships. Two very different things, but as long as I’m in the business, I’m happy.
BECCA-TARR
Becca Tarr
New Hampshire, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2011
BEFORE YAs: I always dreamed of becoming a professional actress.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: Drama Club, Marching Band, Choral, and Community Theatre.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I joined the YAs to help children surprise themselves and make themselves proud.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I plan on enrolling in the Disney College Program and someday work at the Make A Wish Foundation.
REBECCA V
Becca Vasques
New Hampshire
NEW KID YEAR: 2013
BEFORE YAs: Prior to auditioning, I planned to go to Keene State for Psychology and live the average college kid life; after opening my acceptance letter for The Young Americans, all those plans went out the window.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: I danced at Kathy Blake Dance Studios in Amherst, NH since I was 3 years old, but I never knew my dreams of performing would take me across the country.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: My reason for joining this group was simply to be a part of something bigger and more beautiful than the average person could comprehend.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I’m not sure how long or far I’ll be on this journey but wherever it takes me I hope to continue working with children and bringing light to those who need it.
BETHANY-SPENGLER
Bethany Spengler
Colorado, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2011
BEFORE YAs: I wanted to go to a performing arts college.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: Musical theatre and yearbook.
JOINED THE YAs: I joined the Young Americans because I came to see my friends new kid show. It was everything my heart wanted to do and more importantly be apart of.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: It’s my dream to be a Disney performer on a cruise ship, at Disney World, or Disney Land. After that I would love to open my own yoga studio.
Brodie-Case
Brodie Case
California
NEW KID YEAR: 2012
BEFORE YAs: I planned on going to college to get a degree in engineering.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: In High School I was a part of ASB, Speech and Debate, Mock Trial, the Drama program, and the golf team.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I joined the YA’s because I wanted to see more of the world while doing what I love to do.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: My plans after the YA’s are still being decided… but I would love to do some technical work for Disney.
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
NEW KID YEAR: 2013
BEFORE YAs: I wanted to go to University of Miami and study music therapy and music education.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: Chorus, Theatre, Voice Lessons, Show Choir.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I have always loved the Young Americans and what they stand for, I love music and have always wanted to travel world, and the Young Americans did both for me.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I plan to attend University of Miami and continue on with my education in music.
Danielle-Piccolomini
Danielle Piccolomini
Delaware
NEW KID YEAR: 2012
BEFORE YAs: I had planned to go to school to study Musical Theatre.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: Drama club, handbells, musical theatre, chorale, and girls’ a cappella choir.
JOINED THE YAs: I joined the YA’s because it allowed me to perform, teach, and travel. Something about the workshop just told me that this was the right group for me.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I plan to move to NYC and continue pursuing my dream of performing on Broadway.
Danil-Chernyy
Danil Chernyy
Russia
David-Tocci
David Tocci
Massachusetts
NEW KID YEAR: 2012
BEFORE YAs: I wanted to be a Broadway Star.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: I was a tri-varsity athlete who dropped it all to train at a performing arts high school outside of Boston.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I saw the “Hollywood Show” at La Mirada Theatre while studying musical theatre in Los Angeles.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: Working towards becoming a director & producer of TV/film and music.
EMMA A
Emma Ayotte
New Hampshire
NEW KID YEAR: 2013
BEFORE YAs: I was planning on going to school for Political Science.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: I played soccer and did theatre in high school.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I love working with kids/performance is my passion. I want to use that passion to help inspire anyone I can.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I plan to go to a university after YAs and eventually move overseas to teach English and see much of the world as I can.
FrankieInfante
Franky Infante
New Hampshire, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2010
BEFORE YAs: I wanted to become a veterinarian or doctor. I mostly just wanted to help people in any way I could.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: I was involved in a dance team, leadership groups, photography group, and did a lot of community service.
JOINED THE YAs: When I first did workshop, the Young Americans made me see myself in a different way and realize how special I was. They made me find the light inside myself. My goal is to make the kids believe in themselves and know how special they are and that they can achieve their dreams.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I want to get involved with massage therapy and nursing. My goal is still to help people in whatever way I can, even if it’s with their fashion. It’s always been a dream of mine to be a fashion designer as well.
HANNAH-DAY
Hannah Day
New Hampshire, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2011
BEFORE YAs: I wanted to go to college to becoming a math teacher.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: I was part of many extra curricular activities including ski team, cheerleading, volunteering with the Red Cross, and ACT (Activity Coordination Team).
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I joined the YAs because when they came to my high school, they really helped me come out of my shell. They pushed me to really believe in myself and I loved it. As a Young American now, I want to help push others to truly believe in who they are.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: My plans after Young Americans are to attend a school to study youth ministry work. I can use my love of working with children and teaching to help share God’s love.
Hannah-Efsits
Hannah Efsits
Indiana
NEW KID YEAR: 2012
BEFORE YAs: I planned to go to college for biology and medicine and be a surgeon.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: My high school extracurricular activities included student government, Move2Stand bully prevention committee, key club, soccer, tennis, track and cross-country, and choir.
JOINED THE YAs: I discovered that I had a passion for music, and a friend of mine had been a YA and thought it would be a good outlet for me.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: After YAs I’d like to continue traveling and see as much of the world as I can. I’d eventually like to perform on Broadway and record my music and maybe go back to school.
Isaiah-Silvia-Chandley
Isaiah Silvia-Chandley
New Hampshire
NEW KID YEAR: 2012
BEFORE YAs: I planned to attend a four-year college and earn BFA in Musical Theatre.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: A capella Choir, Community and High School Theatre, 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 plan on going to college to receive a BFA in musical theatre. I would love perform professionally and then eventually own my own performing arts center.
Jenny-Case
Jenny Case
California
NEW KID YEAR: 2012
BEFORE YAs: I planned on attending a university to major in performing arts. (So this is close, but so much better!)
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: I played soccer, was in show choir, and participated in the school’s spring musicals. I also graduated as a Gold Award Girl Scout.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I attended the annual Christmas Spectacular show in 2011 and was so inspired I auditioned after. It is the best nerve-racking decision I ever made. I had no idea what was in store for me.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I plan to finish college, possibly attend cosmetics school, and get into the makeup industry in LA or NY.
Jeremiah-Ybarra
Jeremiah Ybarra
California
NEW KID YEAR: 2012
BEFORE YAs: I sang with professional choral groups and went to school. Also, coached track and field on the high school level.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: Football track golf Drama band choir.
JOINED THE YAs: I joined the Young Americans to teach young kids about music and show the passion it has deep down to change the world.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I plan to go back to school and receive my degree in music and perform.
JOHNNA-GRIFFIN
Johnna Griffin
California, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2011
BEFORE YAs: I planned on going to a University and working as a performer for Disney.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: I was on the cheer time, dance team, honor roll, active in drama club and school productions. I was also on my school’s performing “Deans List” and ASB President.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I love to travel, I love to perform but most importantly I love teaching!! I also wanted to improve my skills and become a better person.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I am going to move to Italy, I also still want to work for Disney and eventually become a high school teacher. I also want to hike the Grand Canyon and sleep in an igloo!
JONAH B
Jonah Buckels
California
NEW KID YEAR: 2013
BEFORE YAs: I was planning on furthering my musical education elsewhere.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: I was in many plays and musicals through high school. My favorites were Into the Woods where I played The Baker and Les Miserables where I played Jean Valjean. I was also part of Comedy Sportz (competitive team improv) and I played on the high baseball team until Junior year. I was a busy high school kid.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: What really got me interested in The Young Americans was the New Kid Show in 2012. The energy, passion, and talent on stage impressed me so much. I had to be a part of it. I loved working with the kids at my church in VBS so The YAs were a perfect fit.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I want to continue college after The Young Americans and obtain my degree in Musical Theater and go find a job in the on stage acting business. Maybe try for Broadway? Only God knows. I’ve trusted in Him this far and He never fails me.
JOSHUA-KURTZ
Joshua Kurtz
New Jersey, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2010
BEFORE YAs: I planned on owing a theatre, writing and directing musicals for my whole life.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: I took part in every play I could, including one I wrote.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I’ve always wanted to see the world, and I love helping people; this was the perfect way to do both.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: Continue building my theatre company, move to another Country, and own a theatre there.
KATYA K
Katya Kaminsky
Massachusetts
NEW KID YEAR: 2013
BEFORE YAs: I wanted to do something with the performing arts, I just didn’t know what.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: I was involved in Show Choir, Chamber Choir, Drama Guild, Community Theatre, and was a complete film nerd. I would film music videos and short films. I worked at my school’s TV Studio with any extra time I had.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I thought their philosophy and how they worked was beautiful. They also mixed performing with travelling and teaching. I thought it was too good of an opportunity to pass up.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I want to get a BFA in Musical Theatre and then go from there!
KRISTAN-NESTA
Kristan Nesta
Pennsylvania, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2010
BEFORE YAs: I had no current plans for school, but I always wanted to be in the Young Americans since 2nd grade.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: I played tons of sports, was involved in NHS, and participated in all the arts programs including shows, marching band, and extra festivals.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: Initially I wanted to travel and hang out with pretty cool people, but the more I thought about it I decided to join to fulfill my passion for teaching music.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I plan on getting involved in production/event coordinating. I hope to continue traveling all over the world and experiencing different cultures, whether it is soon or after retirement. Having a family is on my life radar, but for now working with kids all day around the globe is pretty great!
KRISTEN-GUARINO
Kristen Guarino
New York, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2011
BEFORE YAs: My previous plans were to attend a four year university and major in music education.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: Soccer, Indoor and Outdoor Track, Select Choir, Musicals, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Marching Band, Dance Competition Team, National Honor Society, Young Life and Class Secretary.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I joined the YA’s because ever since I first took a workshop, I fell completely in love with every aspect of it, traveling the world, performing, and working with children. It was perfect.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I plan to attend university to finish my bachelor’s degree and pursue my master’s, however I now want to major in elementary education, minor in music, and become an elementary school teacher. After that, I want to get married to a handsome man, travel the world with him and eventually have beautiful children.
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 Bridge 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: Photography/ Film, High School Choir, Show Choir, 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
NEW KID YEAR: 2013
BEFORE YAs: I planned on going to school for business or music production.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: Attended a lot of concerts with friends and enjoyed hiking.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I joined the YAs because I wanted the chance to share my love for music with people around the world.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I plan to either get a job in production or go back to school for music engineering or music business.
Liz-Laramie
Liz Laramie
New Hampshire
NEW KID YEAR: 2012
BEFORE YAs: I planned on going to Plymouth State for graphic design.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: I was in high school choir for all 4 years.
JOINED THE YAs: I wanted to give a child what I received from the Young Americans: confidence, and an even deeper love for music and performing. I have also always wanted to travel!
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: To be a singer songwriter or a special needs teacher.
Mackenzie-Leal
Mackenzie Leal
Maine
NEW KID YEAR: 2012
BEFORE YAs: I was the kid overly excited about music, and not about school.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: Jazz Chorus, Show Chorus, Swing Chorus, Pep Band (Director).
JOINED THE YAs: The YA’s first came to my school when I was in 6th grade, and I fell in love with it. I also received the “my teacher” award at the workshop!
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I’m not so sure on what I want to do after the YA’s, but I think being in the group will definitely help me figure it out!
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
NEW KID YEAR: 2012
BEFORE YAs: I wanted to perform and be surrounded by music!
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: I ran cross country and track, I also played softball and was a cheerleader for the boys hockey team. I participated in as many musicals as possible and was in my schools show choir and school concert choir program.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I joined YAs because when I took workshop I saw myself differently and saw music and performing differently. There was so much passion in the group and I knew I had to be apart of that!
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: After YAs I want to finish college and major in music and or performing. I want to perform as long as I can!
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
NEW KID YEAR: 2013
BEFORE YAs: I went to school to be an oral surgeon dentist, but didn’t finish, worked as a dental assistant in New York!
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: I played Basketball for my middle and high school in Kazakhstan, and first two years of college in Russia.
JOINED THE YAs: I joined the YA’s because i wanted to challenge myself and grow as a musician and performer! I wanted to feel full! Something was missing in my life…
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I want to be on Broadway! Who said I couldn’t?:) I want to direct and put shows together!
OMAR
Omar Canedo
Alaska
NEW KID YEAR: 2013
BEFORE YAs: I planned to play sports at college, such as soccer, basketball, track or volleyball.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: Dance
JOINED THE YAs: I wanted to join a group that loves to perform and travel the world. So, I moved to California and started with the Young Americans.r=”white”>MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I’m planning on audition and make a living out of dance.
ORION W
Orion Wagner
Colorado
NEW KID YEAR: 2013
BEFORE YAs: I was planning on going to UCCS for college and possibly go into forensics.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: Dance, Choir, and Theatre.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I plan to spend as much time as I can teaching and spreading the love for music across the world.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I plan to work at Disney doing as much performing as possible!
RACHEL-CARON
Rachel Caron
Maine, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2011
BEFORE YAs: I didn’t know what I wanted to do besides entertain people in some way, shape, or form. It’s what I do best!
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: Student Council President, Senior Class President, Key Club, Drama Club, Yearbook, Track, Soccer, Honors English Society and Diving Team!
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I saw how they just lit the stage on fire, how hard they worked and what they did for people…and hoped that one day I could do the same.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: Do we have to leave…?
RILEY H
Riley Hutchins
California
NEW KID YEAR: 2013
BEFORE YAs: I was writing and recording my own music. I was, also, pursuing a musical theatre career and auditioning to perform at Disneyland.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: In school, I participated in choir and musical theatre. Outside of school, I promoted artists, covered events, and attended concerts for Hollywood Records. I worked with a vocal coach who is currently working in the music industry.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I felt a little lost in the performance world because there wasn’t a program that fit what I wanted to do with my future. My friend, who was a YA at the time, invited me to the Corona show for some inspiration. From the minute the show started, I knew this was exactly where I wanted to be, sharing and passing on my love for the arts.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I plan to continue my path into musical theatre, writing songs about my experiences, and hopefully, perform at Disneyland one day. I would love to further my education and training in the arts.
ROSS T
Ross Thornber
England
NEW KID YEAR: 2013
BEFORE YAs: I was going to go to university for biochemistry.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: Rugby.
JOINED THE YAs: I’ve been around the Young Americans since I was 7 and I’ve done so many workshops and loved it. I figured I would audition because it was something I loved so much, but only got to do once a year. Now I get to do it all of the time.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I’m going to go to school and do biochemistry. My dream is to become a high school chemistry teacher.
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
BEFORE YAs: I was attending Clarion University as a BFA Musical Theatre and Business double major with a minor in Technical Theatre.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: I played Soccer, Bowling, and Volleyball. I was in all four Christmas and Spring musical productions. I held a job at Bruegger’s Bagels my Junior and Senior years.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I didn’t feel as though my college experience was pushing me to become a better performer. Watching a YA performance, I instantly fell in love with their performance skills. I knew they traveled the United States, at least, and they taught kids. All three factors made the choice to hold my schooling and join the YAs strong and easy.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I have two possible paths to take. I’d like to remain in California and become a performer at any of the Disney locations, but I’d also like to return to college and continue my studies as an International Business and Japanese double major where I hope to become a translator between English and Japanese.
TRENT D
Trent Douglas
Michigan
NEW KID YEAR: 2013
BEFORE YAs: I was going to attend Central Michigan University for engineering.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: In High school i played football, basketball, Track, and Golf. I was Vice President of student council and a member of NHS.
JOINED THE YAs: I joined the YAs to make a difference. So many of my peers went to college to get a meaningless job for the rest of their life. I wanted to take a different path, one where i felt i was making a positive influence on the world.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: After YAs I plan on attending college and maybe studying abroad.
Tymoor-Rahoumi
Tymoor Rahoumi
New Jersey
NEW KID YEAR: 2012
BEFORE YAs: Attend Rutgers University.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: Soccer, tennis, and ping-pong club.
JOINED THE YAs: I wanted to move children in the same way the Young Americans had moved me.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I plan on pursuing my education at Rutgers University.
XAVIER J
Xavier Joson
California
NEW KID YEAR: 2014
BEFORE YAs: I planned on majoring in Psychology and Management.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: Theatre, Track, and Show Choir.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I joined the YAs to give what the Young Americans had given me. I can’t begin to describe what they gave me, but it goes along the lines of belonging, passion, and a reason to wake up and love what I do.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: After the Young Americans I plan on finishing school and fulfilling my many ambitions in life.
ZACH-STAUFFER
Zach Stauffer
Nebraska, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2011
BEFORE YAs: I planned on attending college and getting a degree in Computer Science.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: Golf, Musical Theater, Show Choir.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: No feeling is greater than the feeling of performing on a stage, I wanted to explore the world while doing what I love.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I enjoy what it takes to put a show together, something that has to do with directing, production, or management.
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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