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Voices Of Unity Youth Choir Embarks On “Journey To The Vatican” Summer European Tour

The world-renowned Voices of Unity Youth Choir, under the umbrella of UNITY Performing Arts Foundation, Inc., will soon embark on a summer European tour in which they will take part in a special performance at The Vatican. The tour dates span from June 29 – July 13, 2016 and include visits to the following cities: Rome, Vatican City, Venice, Vienna, and Budapest. The choir will have the opportunity to engage in a very unique cultural and musical exchange. The members of Voices of Unity will be exposed to the long-standing musical and artistic traditions of these historic European cities, and will also be able to share insight on the history and performance of the soulful genres of music (including jazz, blues, R&B and gospel) by taking part in special workshops led by UNITY Founder and CEO, Mr. Marshall White.

Other highlights of the Journey to the Vatican European Tour include:

• Performing the music for the entire mass at St. Peter’s Basilica on July 3, 2016.
• Performing and competing in Rome as part of an international choir festival competition. • Performing in concert in Venice, Italy; Vienna, Austria;
• Performing with the International Honors Choir in Budapest, Hungary • Competing in the international choir festival, in Budapest, Hungary

UNITY Performing Arts Foundation is a multifaceted performing arts organization, launched in July 2000. UNITY focuses on developing students in the areas of artistry, character and leadership. The organization provides an educational platform for students to learn and perform soulful art forms through a variety of artistic disciplines and mediums including choral music, creative writing, oratory, dance, drama, and instrumental music. The organization’s premiere youth choral group, The Voices of Unity Youth Choir learns and performs mainstream soulful genres of music, including jazz, blues, gospel, R&B, hip hop, some pop and country.

UNITY has spent countless hours preparing for this remarkable journey over the course of the past year. The organization has engaged in several fundraisers, promotional community events and task force planning meetings, as well as choir rehearsals, workshops and study sessions to learn the history and culture of the cities that they will visit this summer.

The Voices of Unity will be featured in a Send-off Concert on Saturday, June 25, 2016 at the Rhinehart Music Center on the campus of Indian University – Purdue University Fort Wayne at 6:00 PM. Admission is $5.00. Additional donations are accepted and appreciated. To find out more about this event, and how you can help contribute to this amazing opportunity for the young ambassadors involved, please visit the UNITY website at, contact the office staff at 260-481-6719, or contact the Campaign Manager, Mrs. Niyoki Chapman, at