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Vy Higginsen's Gospel for Teens Choir To Perform at TED2012 Conference, 2/29

Vy Higginsen's Gospel for Teens Choir, will be performing at the TED2012 Conference, which will take place from February 29 through March 2 in Long Beach, CA. 

On Wednesday, February 29th, Session 7 of TED2012 will be available to watch online for free. In Session 7, "The City 2.0," you'll hear great speakers on the subject of "the city of the future" as well as an inspiring performance from the Gospel for Teens Choir. "The City 2.0" will be available free to watch on Wednesday, February 29 beginning at 8 pm EST (5pm PST) at:

Gospel for Teens is a program of the Mama Foundation for the Arts and Vy's Higginsen's School of Gospel, Jazz and R&B Arts, located in Harlem, New York.  Gospel for Teens was founded in 2006, when acclaimed writer and producer Vy Higginsen (Mama, I Want to Sing) and gospel legend Dr. Emily "Cissy" Houston joined forces to teach aspiring teenagers about the importance of gospel music as an art form.  Since then, Gospel for Teens has become a highly respected and influential program for youth between the ages of 13 and 19.  Twice a year, between 40 and 60 participants are selected through an audition process, and those chosen attend for no cost.  Students learn music history and vocal techniques and are encouraged to discover their personal artistic talent and expressions while building self-confidence, on stage and off.  The Gospel for Teens Choir was created to pass the music from this generation to the next. The choir serves as ambassadors of gospel music, bringing together people of every race, nationality, and religious or spiritual background with the message that we are more alike than we are different - that we all have spirit. Under the direction of the Foundation's seasoned music masters, the Gospel for Teens Choir has performed at various venues across New York City (including the Apollo Theater, the American Museum of Natural History, Yankee Stadium, Central Park's Wollman Rink and St. Paul Community Baptist Church), and nationally (the 2012 Stellar Gospel Music Awards, The DR. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration at Rollins College, etc.). 

The Gospel for Teens Choir also appears in the production of Mama, I Want to Sing: The Next Generation, re-opening February 25 at The Dempsey Theater (127 West 127th Street, NYC).

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. The annual TED Conference invites the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for up to 18 minutes. This year's program includes a range of explorers, storytellers, photographers, scientific pioneers, visionaries and educators from all parts of the globe. The theme for this year's conference is "Full Spectrum." Past speakers have included Bill Gates, Elizabeth Gilbert, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Sir Richard Branson, Kathryn Schulz, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Dan Ariely, Nandan Nilekani, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

TED2012 is sold out, with 1,500 people from over 40 countries expected to attend.

A full list of speakers for TED2012 Conference is available at

For more information on Gospel for Teens and Mama, I Want to Sing: The Next Generation please visit


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