My daughter Jamie just turned 14. She has always loved to sing.
We live in Rowlett, Texas, just east of Dallas. Jamie has been in school choir since 5th grade. We started giving her private voice lessons in 2013 and her voice has steadily improved.
The video includes exceprts from an essay Jamie had to write for choir. In it, she mentions singing for her mom, who was in a nursing home at the time with Huntington's Disease. Since making this video, Jamie's mom(my wife) has passed away. But not without getting to hear her daughter's beautiful voice.
Jamie now sings with the Children's Chorus of Greater Dallas (CCGD), a world-renowned children's chorus as well as her wonderful school choir. CCGD performs numerous pieces throughout the year with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, led by Jaap van Zweden, who told them last spring that they are "phenomenal!" The group will be touring the United Kingdom next summer, 2016, and she is very much looking forward to the opportunity.
The cost for this trip is nearly $4,000. So I am trying to raise that plus a little extra for the young love of my life so that she can have this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Will you help? Jamie might possibly have a future in voice and an experience like this could help her make a lifelong decision for the arts.