AFRO-AMERICAN MUSIC INSTITUTE CELEBRATES 36 YEARS
Pain Relief Beyond Belief
Written by Genea Webb
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 12:17
Last month, the Afro American Music Institute’s Boys Choir won first place at the National Boys Choir Convention in Louisville, Ky., beating out three other choirs from Kansas City, Mo., and Louisville, winning a trophy and medal.
“I am so happy and proud of my boys,” Pamela Johnson said. “This was a wonderful opportunity for the choir. They have the opportunity to become great Black men.”
Johnson, the ensemble has grown to about 30 members and is renowned for its interpretation of gospel, jazz, blues, pop, and spiritual music.
“I want to build the kids’ confidence and self-esteem,” said James Johnson. “There’s a lot of love between everyone that is involved with the choir. We’re just one big happy family.”
The choir has performed at local churches and festivals throughout the Pittsburgh area. It has sung outside of the Golden Triangle at Spellman College, the Civil Rights Museum and Canada, among other venues..
Choir member James Royce Robertson has fond memories of the choir’s trip to Canada.
“It was a great experience. It gave me a taste of what the choir offered,” explained Robertson, a 21-year-old Pitcairn resident who has been a member of the boys choir for two years. “The choir gives me the opportunity to be around more African-American men and it shows the positive impact to kids and that is great.”
Auditions are open to boys ages 8 and up. Participants must possess energy and a strong desire to perform.
(For more information on the Afro-American Music Institute or its boys choir, visit www.afroamericanmusic.org or call 412-241-6775.)