For 17 years, The Singing Sensations Youth Choir has been raising money for its scholarship fund though its annual Christmas concert. Last year, the festive event drew an estimated 1400 attendees. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the choir will not be able to hold its popular concert in traditional fashion.
But the show will go on virtually that is. On Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 7 p.m., the choir will present the “Annual Holiday Virtual Concert.” The theme of the concert is “Covered By Christ Who Cared,” and will consist of four segments titled, Christmas at Home, A Traditional Christmas, A Classical Christmas, and A Gospel Christmas.
The prerecorded concert will air via YouTube and Zoom. Dr. Hollie Hood-Mincey is the Founder and Director of the Choir, which is comprised of students ranging from ages five to 18.
“Usually, we have 80 kids performing and in concert, but this year we have 25,” said Dr. Hood-Mincey. “We only had 25 to return due to financial difficulties of their parents along with COVID concerns. We did the recording, because we did not know where things would stand in December as it related to COVID restrictions.
“The kids are still talented, and still want to sing. They sound wonderful, and people can hear them by supporting this concert.” According to Dr. Hood-Mincey, support for a virtual concert in comparison to a live concert presents a challenge.
“Because the concert is virtual, some have no idea of how to go online and purchase tickets,” she said. “Others are apprehensive about using their credit cards online. It is a big issue, and we are trying to figure out the best way for people who normally attend our concerts, to have access. Right now, we have about 100 people registered, and our goal was 2,000. Minimally, we hope to have at least 1,000 people to support the concert.
“We typically pack our concerts out each year. Right now, we are just trying to stay alive.”The Singing Sensations Youth Choir is a 501c3 is a nonprofit organization. Dr. Hood-Mincey founded the choir with the expectation of exposing youth in the Baltimore Metropolitan area to the diverse and multifaceted aspects of the performing arts.
Their repertoire consists of choral, patriotic, pop music, spirituals, showtunes, children and freedom songs, Motown, and songs in different languages. The organization exposes youth to other people, cultures, and musical experiences in Maryland and throughout the country.
Dr. Hood-Mincey noted that the choir’s planned trip to Australia this year, along with spring break concerts, and other events were all cancelled due to the pandemic.
“We have been able to bless and sponsor children for 17 years, with scholarships and sponsorships of at least $500,000,” she said. “We do not want the pandemic to shut us down from a work and mission that is so needed in our communities.”
The cost of the concert is $10. Donations can be made via PayPal (SSYC410@gmail.com) or Cash App ($ssyc410).
“Even as we sing with masks and shields and we are six feet apart, this group of brave and talented singers sound full, balanced and age appropriate,” she said. “I am thankful for all our students and their attitudes, who continue to stay safe but take the lemons and make a delicious, sweet lemonade.”
Dr. Hood-Mincey is encouraging individuals, churches, and organizations to support the event by purchasing tickets and sharing the Eventbrite link https://www.eventbrite.com/e/12869453 1809?aff=efbneb.
“The best-case scenario is for people to put the link somewhere where people can see it,” said Dr. Hood-Mincey. “While the program is virtual, it’s still a wonderful program and everyone did a wonderful job. This is a nice Saturday before Christmas event.”
For more information call Dr. Hood- Mincey at 443-622-4994.