Wow Wow Wow!!!!!
Thank you so much to Robin and my anonymous donors!!!
Just a few weeks away from going to Princeton, NJ and I have raised enough money for chapter one of this sumer!!! Thank you all so much.
The next $1,100 is for Chapter 2: The Concert!
That includes the press package I need to put together to promote the concert. I already have the Photographer and the Recording Engineer lined up. It will be quite exciting and I look forward to keeping you all posted. Thank you so much for everything!!!
What can I say beside THANK YOU!!!
My goodness! Mike, Wayne and Cora, John and Rosemary, Sara, Bunny and Jack, Charlie, Bill, Linda, and my many anonymous angels! I am so grateful! This summer is going to be amazing because of all of the help you have given me. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart!
I am almost to the half way pont!! Andy, Aunt Barb Jimmy and Lori, Annon, Les, Chris, and Aunt Jo! Thank you all so much for your support!
If you haven't received the invite already, I will be doing a recital in Wilmington, DE this Wednesday!
If you would like to go, please RSVP via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) so I can make sure you have the specific details.
It is a THANK YOU to those that have contributed (and an early thank you to those who plan on donating)
I hope to see you at the recital!!!!!
Wow! Thank you to my Anonymous donor and Ruth! I'm a little over a third of the way there!!! Please share this with your email lists and assure them that it isn't spam. ha ha! I have run into that issue that a number of people have thougth that I have been hacked and that this is a scam. Thank you again for all of your help!
Here is my bio for those that don't know a ton about my professional life:
Justin Gonzalez, tenor, has been performing on professional stages since the age of 11. He has performed with a variety of performers, organizations and orchestras including Rod Stewart, Steven Costello, Diane Bish, Mira Awad, The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Philadelphia Singers, The Opera Company of Philadelphia, OperaDelaware, Peter Nero and the Philly Pops and The Ocean City Pops. Some notable people he has sung for are Presidents Clinton and Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Prime Minister Tony Blair, Marilyn Horne, Barbara Dever, John Burrows and Prince Charles. Mr. Gonzalez has also performed roles in a number of stage productions including Daddy Warbucks (Annie), Beadle Bamford (Sweeney Todd), Adrian Tronic (The Song of Tomorrow), Rolf (The Sound of Music) and most recently The 1st man in Armor (The Magic Flute with OperaDelaware). Mr. Gonzalez has also been named a finalist in both The Schyuler Foundation's Career Bridge's Competition (2011) and The Philadelphia Orchestra's Greenfield Competition (2012). Along with performing concerts and cabarets here and abroad, Justin is a soloist/section leader at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, DE and The Reform Congregation of Kenneseth Israel in Elkins Park, PA.
Barbara, Rick and Helen were the first people to help me with the endevour back in April. Thank you so much for everything you have done to help me!
I was just contacted by the CoOPERAtive program and they told me that my friends at Christ Luteran Church (where I recently sang in recital with Dianne Bish) donated $500 to my tuition!!! Thank you so very much!!!!
Mary, Jill, Milo, Shelley,anonymous, Bonnie, Maria, and Dianne!!!! Thank you so much for your support!!! $810!!!! I never thought things would be moving along this well! Thank you Thank you Thank you all so very much!!!
For those of you who are in the Philadelphia or Wilmington areas, I will be posting information on 2 recitals I will be doing to raise funds in the very near future. Keep your eyes peeled!!!
A big thank you to my anonymous donors, who have struck again! Thank you over and over. I am past the 10% mark! Please continue to share this page with your friends and family. It has already helped me in such a huge way!
Here is another video. It is the (poor) audio recording of Maria from a concert I did 2011. I hope you enjoy it!
Thank you so much Ross and Zora for your continued love and support! I love my WPC Family!
I am just overwhelmed! Thank you everyone for your support. This truly means the world to me and you are all making this possible! THANK YOU!
I'm working that angle, Celeste. Thank you so much for your help! Now that I'm over $100, when people browse GoFundMe.com they MAY stumble upon my project. Tht opens things up to meeting new people. Thank you for being the one to open that option for me!
I am so blessed to work with such wonderful people and honored to cal them friend. Almost to the $100 mark! Thank you Julia and Becky!!!
I just received my first donation! Thank you to my anonymous donors!
My name is Justin Gonzalez and I am a 24 year old operatic tenor. I have been accepted to attend the summer opera program at the Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ called The CoOPERAtive program. The CoOPERAtive program is designed to help young singers prepare for acceptance into an advanced young artist or summer apprentice program.
THE CoOPERAtive PROGRAM is a unique program, presented in cooperation and consultation with professionals in the field of opera, designed to help young singers prepare for the essential next step toward acceptance into an advanced young artist or summer apprentice program. It is designed to assess the strengths of all participants, nurture their talents and assist in their skill development. A three week intensive program, it includes private coaching focusing on operatic style, performance techniques, dramatic presentation, language and diction, body awareness, and resume and application advice.
The program runs from July 1st thru to July 21st of this year.
I have been a performer all of my life. I have performed as a magician, on trombone, tuba and ukulele and as a vocalist here in the United States and in Europe. I love the stage and sharing how my passion for it saved me from a difficult past. A lot of what I'm going to get out of this summer program is for my own growth as a young opera singer, but I want to create something out of this experience for others. Originally I wanted to develop a program to go into schools where I would be teaching young budding musicians. After much thinking and reflecting, I came to an awful truth about myself. I am an awful teacher. My saving grace is that I'm a performer. I would like to do more of a concert experience with the focus on young audiences. (I went this route in the end because it was a concert/demonstration by the Opera Company of Phladelphia when I was in 3rd grade that made me fall in love with the stage.) I would show in this concert the versatility of the voice and the versatility of a musician by both singing and playing music in different genres and on different instruments. It will also give me an opportunity to talk about my journey as a performer. I will be able to show my audience through music and stories that art of any kind can come from anywhere and that their surroundings shouldn't dictate what and who they can be. We must use the gifts we have been given to give.
All money donated will go toward tutition for the summer program, the cost of living while I'm in Princeton, NJ, and development of the concert.
Thank you for your time and, in advance, for your support.