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Despite its deep roots in history, choral music remains at the helm of modern music with artists from jazz pianist Brian Culbertson to hip hop hit maker Kanye West using historically rich ensemble stylings to enhance their latest hits.
The Boys & Girls Choirs of Harlem Alumni Ensemble is among the most prominent in the entertainment industry, with features and appearance on some of today’s most popular artists’ songs and top rated television programming and venues. The group brings down the house performing alongside many award-winning, renowned artists from Wynton Marsalis to Debbie Gibson, and even recently featured on the single “Lord Knows,” from platinum-selling recording hip-hop artist Drake. The Ensemble has also recently performed with the likes of Estelle, Natasha Beddingfield, Bernie Williams, Brooks and Dunn and is regularly featured on Good Morning America, with several appearances in 2014.
Offering spectacular performances ranging from classical, gospel, popular, inspirational, jazz, and R&B genres, the Ensemble’s eclecticism and versatility allows the group to seamlessly enhance any performance event. To see the ensemble in person is an incomparable musical experience, and audiences are captured and captivated by the group’s powerful and moving melody.
The elite mix of 12 young men and women have found a unique harmony of musicians and vocalist who are celebrated in the industry, not just for their breathtaking performances, but their tremendous professionalism. In addition to opportunities with some of today’s most popular performers, the group has been recognized worldwide by respected organizations for high profile events and collaborations, with performances during the 2008 U.S. Presidential Inaugural events, the Bridge Across The Pacific 2012 Tsunami Benefit event in Japan and an invitation to represent the United States at the China Shanghai International Arts Festival, just to name a few.
The Ensemble was founded in 2007 under the direction of Terrance Wright and is comprised of former members of The Boys & Girls Choirs of Harlem, where they performed from ages 8 to 18 while being trained in both technical and professional performance excellence with the distinguished Boys Choir of Harlem, Inc. As adults, they continue the tradition of excellence as ambassadors of world-class musical talent and epitomizing the impact of music to uplift and inspire today’s youth.
The future of The Alumni Ensemble is focused on continuing the rich tradition of The Boys and Girls Choir of Harlem – encouraging high standards for music education and training with positive impact on the local Harlem community with worldwide impact, especially for talented high risk youth. Managed directly by alumni members, the Boys & Girls Choir of Harlem Alumni Ensemble is a testament to the evolution of students to successful managers leading the entrepreneurial development of this important cultural organization.
The Alumni Ensemble is an artistically driven organization dedicated to maintaining and continuing the legacy of the Boys Choir of Harlem and the Girls Choir of Harlem as envisioned by their founder, the late Dr. Walter Turnbull. Through their training with the Boys Choir of Harlem Inc., adult members of the Boys & Girls Choir of Harlem Alumni Ensemble are experienced, successful professionals and ambassadors of the power of music to the world. The Alumni Ensemble is the trusted choice for national shows, major recording projects, corporate events, workshops, full concerts and much more.
Members of The Alumni Ensemble, during their careers, have collectively toured the U.S. and abroad for performances which include:
NBC The Today Show / 48 Hours / ABC Good Morning America / 20/20 | CBS This Morning / Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. / CBS 60 Minutes | ABC Nightline / BCH stars of two nights on Christmas Eve & Christmas Day | “Evening at the Pops: Songs Of Freedom” (PBS) | “The American Sports Awards” (ESPN) | “Sondheim, A Celebration At Carnegie Hall” (PBS) | “An American Reunion · The Inauguration of President Bill Clinton” (All Networks) | “The U.S. Congress National Memorial Day Concert’ (PBS) | Bill Moyers “Amazing Grace” (PBS) | "From Harlem to Haarlem: the Story of a Choirboy" documentary film | The Apollo Hall Of Fame” television special with Bill Cosby (NBC) | "Great Performances: Ellington and his Music" (PBS) | “The Phil Donahue Show” with Michael Bolton | “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” | “Oprah” – Girls Choir performance | Eddie Murphy/Michael Jackson collaboration “Whatzupwitu” (Music Video) | Disney World’s Holiday “Illuminations” EPCOT film narrated by Walter Cronkite | “Walt Disney World Easter Parade (ABC) | Walt Disney "World Wide Mickey’s Kid’s Party” (NBC/Disney) | "The Wizard of Oz in Concert: Dreams Come True" - Lincoln Center (TNT) | Pavarotti in Central Park" (PBS) | "America the Beautiful" - WrestleMania XX | "God Bless America" - "In Memoriam: New York City 9/11/01" | "This Little Light of Mine" with Odetta - Late Show with David Letterman | The White House (every President since Eisenhower minus Obama | The United Nations General Assembly | Celebration of Nelson Mandela's first arrival to America | Central Park for Pope John Paul III's visit to the US | Columbus Quincentennial Ceremonies for the Statue of Liberty
Backstreet Boys | Luciano Pavarotti | James Ingram | Elton John | Paul McCartney | Randy Travis | Michael Bolton | Glen Campbell | Kenneth "Baby Face" Edmonds | Michael Jackson | Gladys Knight | Jeffrey Osborne | Luther Vandross | Peabo Bryson | Ray Charles | Al Jarreau | LL Cool J | Ronnie Milsap | Vanessa Williams | Natalie Cole | Roberta Flack | Jewel | Eddie Murphy | John Secada | Stevie Wonder | Joel Grey | Tony Bennett | Marvin Hamlish | Maureen McGovern | Mandy Patinkin | Ma$e | Destiny’s Child | Mary J. Blige | Kanye West | Joe | Just Blaze | Estelle | Debbie Gibson | Brooks & Dunn | Bernie Williams | The Cartels | Vic Murcada | Natasha Beddingfield
"Glory" Soundtrack (Grammy Winner) | “A Soulful Celebration” (Grammy Winner) | "Jungle Fever" / "Malcolm X" / "Panther" / "The Wiz" / "Dress Casual" (Soundtracks) | “It’s Christmas Time Uptown’ / Alvin & The Chipmunks Christmas Album “A Very Merry Chipmunk” | “The Sound of Hope”‘ / EastWest Records | "Up in Harlem" / 127th Records | “Two Words” / Kanye West | “Lord Knows” / Drake