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South Plainfield Middle School Chorus to Perform with 8,500 Students on June 1

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The South Plainfield Middle School chorus will perform with 8,500 students at the American Young Voices Concert on Thursday June 1 at 7:00 p.m. at the Prudential Center in Newark. Tickets are $30 each and are selling fast. They can be purchased at www.americanyoungvoices.com.

“The American Young Voices is a time where kids all around the country come together to be one voice,” said seventh-grade student Isabella Saffold. “No matter our differences, we can all join together to share our passion and love for singing.”

“This event is a once in a lifetime event for our students,” said South Plainfield Middle School Choral Director Shannon Maddolin. “How often do you get to say that I stood on the same stage as famous artists and I’ve performed for an audience of a sold out concert at a professional arena? How often does one get to say I sang with 8,500 musicians my age with a professional conductor and band.  Everything about it gives the kids a chance to really see what their music can do.”

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Young Voices has performed concerts in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Germany for more than 20 years. Thousands of children from second to eighth grade sing together as one chorus. Three years ago, the organization brought their event here to the United States as American Young Voices.  

The students of South Plainfield are looking forward to the big event.

“I am very excited about the event,” said seventh-grader Rebecca Ortiz. “It’s a great way for all of us to come together for the love of music. We have been reviewing all of the songs so that they are perfect.  Ms. Maddolin is a great hard worker and wants South Plainfield Schools to stand out. We have also been learning the musical elements and we all do our part to make it an exceptional performance.”

“The American Young Voices is a chance for each choral student to shine,” said seventh-grade student Gabriella Vitabile. “Students are working very hard to learn the words to each song and learn how to perform it also.  Each choir director also does a lot to help the students. I am very excited to go to the event because many successful musicians have performed where we are going to be performing.”

“We started preparing for American Young Voices since February,” said seventh grade student Brian Sosa.  “Ever since then, we have been working long and hard to make the magic happen with this music.”

“The American Young Voices is an event that is very exciting for kids to have fun and sing with their friends,”  added seventh grade student Gianna Mazzelli.  “This is a life-changing experience that kids will never forget!”

“The American Young Voices is a wild, fun-filled event for children everywhere who just love to sing,”  said seventh grader Alyssa Rivera.  “You can meet tons of new people who are interested in music just like you, and there are wonderful flashing lights dancing all over the room.”

The students have been preparing for months for the concert, working tirelessly to learn challenging pieces.

“The seventh grade students have been preparing since February in class,”  added Maddolin. They have been learning about nine to twelve songs.  Typically, we would learn about three songs a season, so this is a challenge for them to learn nine songs of all different genres and styles.  The eighth grade students who are attending the trip have made the commitment to come after school and have been coming since March.”

  “I feel excited because this doesn’t happen all the time and I will have fun singing my heart out with my friends,” added seventh grader Jillian McConville.

“The students are putting their heart and soul into this,”  added Maddolin.  “They have their favorites, but they enjoy learning all of them and have really embraced what they’re about to do.”  

The students will be performing; Maliswe, Stronger Together, Fly To Paradise, Medley for Those About to Rock, Ladybug, Feel Good Medley, Pop Medley, When I Close My Eyes and Firework. 

“I have been preparing for this event by putting much more effort than I’ve been previous, which has helped me become a greater singer,” said seventh grade student Macario Wilchez.  “It also helps when you have a great teacher like Miss Maddolin and friends around me to help me on the way.”

“We have listened to every song and watched other American Young Voices performances,” said seventh grader Katie Ziga.  “It is very fun to sing and go over the music.”

“I am so proud of everybody and their hard work and everything that they’re doing,”  added Maddolin.  “Each day it’s a joy and a surprise to see what they do.”

“I am beyond excited,” said seventh grader Simi Kishore.  “If you asked me a year ago, I would have been nervous, but this year has changed me so much and I am ready for American Young Voices!”  

The South Plainfield students and staff of the music department ask that everyone spread the word about their American Young Voices upcoming performance.

“South Plainfield can support the chorus by posting on their social media about the concert and just by saying nice things about us to boost our confidence,”  added seventh grade student Miranda DeLisa.  

“The South Plainfield Community can promote our event and come to the concert to support us!”  added seventh grader Arianna Luis.

“We would love to see as many South Plainfield members of the community in the audience as possible,”  said Maddolin.  “It’s looking to be a sold out event and we would love to be able to look out into the crowd and see our community out there in the audience, rallying for us and cheering us on, enjoying what we’re about to do.” 

“The South Plainfield Community can help support us by coming to the concert with signs and a smile,”  said seventh grader Megan Valdes.  “Just knowing that our town will be there in the audience makes it even better!”

Tickets are $30 each and can be purchased at www.americanyoungvoices.com.  The June 1st event will sell out so everyone is urged to purchase tickets as soon as possible.

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