students and their teachers are grateful to everyone who helped make this incredible experience possible. Exciting! Challenging! Enlightening! Inspiring! Unifying! Alexa, Bob- bi, Damon, Malia and Zoe, I couldn’t agree more!

Jubilate Deo is basically a call to the world about peace and joy and happiness within our lives.--Zoe

What did you learn about music that you did not know before?

Music’s ability to unify.--Alexa

Tere are so many different languages to sing, and you can tell the story of celebration in all of them. It’s ok to step outside of yourself and try new things that you aren’t used to doing because you learn about yourself.--Bobbi

Tere are different styles all over the world, but music unites us through our differences.--Damon

Songs can bring something out of you, emotions. I never had that happen before where I felt empowered just by the music.--Malia

What about this experience will influence you in your adult life?

Te importance of being patient, especially when working with so many musicians.--Alexa

Student Perceptions

Te idea of musical beauty bridging the cultural divide has been a lifelong obsession with me. It is woven into my DNA. When I had the opportunity to attend the final concert of this collaboration, I jumped at the opportunity to travel with the Chelsea contingency to Westminster Church of Detroit. I could feel an energy force running through the students. Alexa, Bobbi, Damon, Malia and Zoe spoke with me about the “journey” they shared with music for nearly four months. – Ginny

Tell me about the music you are singing this evening.

Te music is a series of foreign languages from around the world, and put together in one song to show the unity across the world. --Alexa

Te music comes from different cultures and was put to- gether to celebrate the importance of collaboration. --Bobbi

Arrangements in a book called Jubilate Deo from multiple cultures. Now I can sing songs from the Latin culture and from the African culture.--Malia


Some people are different from other people in a lot of dif- ferent ways, but people are the same in a lot of ways too. As long as you know how to balance those things, people will always know how to come together and mesh well together. --Bobbi

When I’m a parent, as an African-American I need to show my kids how to be social with everybody regardless of their nationality.--Damon

It’s important to accept people for who they are as human beings.--Zoe

Virginia Kerwin is the Executive Director of the Michigan School Vocal Music Association. Prior to joining MSMVA in 1999, Virginia taught vocal music at Big Rapids Public Schools. She was honored as the MSVMA Teacher of the Year in 1998. In 2006, the Michigan Music Education Associ- ation honored Virginia with its Outstanding Administrator Award, which is presented to individuals who have demonstrated active, on-going support for balanced music pro- grams. An engaging and enthusiastic educator and clinician, Virginia has conducted three

honors choirs for MSVMA as well as serving on the music faculties of the University of Michigan All-State Camp at Interlochen and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and as an adjunct faculty member at Central Michigan University and Grand Valley State University.

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