Where We Are Going:
The choral music education program of Canterbury Voices, known as Canterbury Youth Voices, has been invited by the U.S. Armed Forces to perform for the D-Day 75th Anniversary Commemoration Ceremonies in Normandy, France as the official choir and representative of the United States of America in June of 2020. Canterbury Youth Voices (CYV) will perform on the dais with dignitaries and honorees from around the world for this very significant anniversary. CYV will also participate in the D-Day Memorial Parade and perform a 30-minute feature concert as part of the Musical Salute to Liberation in the town square of Sainte-Mère-Église and at the American Cemetery at Brittany in honor of the American veterans of World War II. CYV will travel to France on June 3, 2020 and will return to Oklahoma on June 10, 2020. During their tour, CYV will visit the Eiffel Tower and D-Day sites including Pointe du Hoc and Utah Beach.
Canterbury Youth Voices was highly recommended by an anonymous retired Marine Master Sergeant in the Oklahoma City area. The great honor of representing the United States during this monumental occasion will provide a meaningful experience for the children. To prepare the children for the D-Day 75th Anniversary Commemoration Ceremonies, Canterbury will provide history lessons during rehearsals discussing WWII and the impact of the D-Day events.https://newsok.com/article/5599527/okcs-canterbury-youth-voices-to-perform-at-2020-d-day-memorial-ceremony-in-franceWho We Are:
Canterbury Youth Voices is a curricular and performance-based youth choral program, enhancing the artistic and personal skills of children in 2nd through 12th grades. CYV instructors encourage responsibility, discipline, respect, problem solving, teamwork, and civic responsibility with CYV's curriculum, which is based on national and state music education standards. This year CYV has 177 children enrolled, representing 85 different schools in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. Children attending public, private, and parochial schools, as well as those who are home schooled, may audition for this outstanding music program.
Canterbury Youth Voices grants scholarships to students based on need - in 2017 Canterbury granted 12 scholarships, this year we are up to 20! Many of the recipients of these scholarships attend Title I schools which have little or no existing school music programs, live in disadvantaged economic situations, or are from single-parent households.What We Need:
The tour to Normandy, France will cost approximately $3,500 per person. Canterbury is expecting to fund 20 full scholarships for this trip, which is a total cost of $70,000. Our ultimate goal would be to fund this trip in its entirety, so that all students could attend this important and historic opportunity.
This GoFundMe campaign will be divided into several phases over the course of the next year and a half in preparation for the trip in June of 2020. The focus of Phase I will be on lowering the airfare for the trip from OKC to France. Any donations designated for a specific team member will go towards funding their individual trip. All other donations will go towards lowering the trip cost for all participants.
Canterbury’s goal is to alleviate the expense of this trip for all CYV families. In addition to Canterbury’s staff requesting funding from businesses, foundations and individuals, a CYV Parent Fundraising Committee has been formed to coordinate small fundraisers that will allow the children to help fund their own trips through the power of hard work!