CHILDREN OF GARY CHOIR

A division of International Youth Choir

                          LISA GOOCH "JAZZ"

&

INTERNATIONAL YOUTH CHOIR

 (Umbrella for Children of Gary Choir)

 

PRESS "PLAY"  to hear overview by Ms. Ardena Lisa Gooch.
 

 

(SINCE 1993)

THE TRAVELING YOUTH PRESENT POP, PATRIOTIC, STANDARDS, GOSPEL, & JAZZ SONG PERFORMANCES FOR A VARIETY OF VENUES .

(ESTABLISHED IN NW INDIANA SINCE 1993)

 

                

 

 

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serving schools, banquets, corporate, political, and religious events, parades, festivals, & more

 

DOWNLOAD 10 CHOIR & ORCHESTRA ENROLLMENT PACKET DOCUMENTS & POLICIES AT:

 

 1)  - INITIAL ENROLLMENT DOCUMENTS

  https://www.dropbox.com/s/0nsp0p9uijyt212/ENROLLMENT%20PACKET%282%29.pdf?dl=0

2) - FLIER

  https://www.dropbox.com/s/n6iiq1a73jeb6fu/FLIER%20-%20Intl%20Youth%20Choir%20-%20Oct%2027%2C%202015%20Welcoming%20%20%20Members.pdf?dl=0

 3) - MUSIC PROGRAMS OUTLINE

https://www.dropbox.com/s/bynjvd03txjvmdt/MUSIC%20PROGRAMS%20OUTLINES.pdf?dl=0

 4) - TUITION PAYMENT OPTIONS

  https://www.dropbox.com/s/8ipvbjsuiqm4645/TUITION%20PAYMENT%20OPTIONS-1.pdf?dl=0

5) - CHOIR PERMISSION SLIP

https://www.dropbox.com/s/2vomi0ob17mmi5n/PERMISSION%20SLIP%20-%20INTERNATIONAL%20YOUTH%20CHOIR.pdf?dl=0

6) - ORCHESTRA PERMISSION SLIP

https://www.dropbox.com/s/2v1ezr72ad6a90f/PERMISSION%20SLIP%20-%20ORCHESTRA%20for%20INTERNATIONAL%20YOUTH%20%20CHOIR.pdf?dl=0

7) - GUIDELINES

https://www.dropbox.com/s/9vvay46udiuegux/GUIDELINES.pdf?dl=0

8) - RULES & MISBEHAVIORAL FEES NOTICE

https://www.dropbox.com/s/tslt4t5svi8uw1r/RULES%20%26%20MISBEHAVIORAL%20FEES%20NOTICE%20-%20PINK.pdf?dl=0

9) - CODES OF CONDUCT

https://www.dropbox.com/s/txjis2ysqt10du9/CODES%20OF%20CONDUCT.pdf?dl=0

10 -  TANGIBLE NEEDS LIST

https://www.dropbox.com/s/33qnvks7wmt8koj/TANGIBLE%20NEEDS%20LIST%20-%20INTERNATIONAL%20YOUTH%20CHOIR%281%29.pdf?dl=0

PERFORMANCE PHOTOS

 

See our Performance Photos Slide Show at:

 

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                                              See our Photo Gallery at:

                                        https://www.flickr.com/photos/63539628@N08/

ABOUT OUR FOUNDERS, MUSIC DIRECTOR, & BOARD MEMBERS

~~Click on "Ms. Peterson's Expressions" tab, above, to hear her lovely voice expressions.~~                         

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1)  MS. ALFREDA PETERSON (Co-Founder) taught Ms. Gooch and her siblings at Edison Middle School and has always been a great inspiration to the Gooch family.  Ms. Peterson served as Teacher for many years in the Gary Community School Corporation before becoming Principal at Douglass Elementary.  Later, she served as Principal for Aetna Elementary School, Melton Elementary School, and Dr. Bernard Watson Academy for Boys, before completing her 40+ years of excellent services with the school system.  She currently serves as the Executive Director for the Gary Housing Authority Department.  She offers administrative advise to our choir's staff, financially supports events, transportation for performances, etc.  She earned her Master’s Degree in School Administration and Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Lincoln University, Jackson City, MO.

 

 ~~Click on "Mrs. Deggans' Expressions" tab, above, to hear her lovely voice expressions.~~

                                     

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2MRS. HUE WRIGHT-DEGGANS  (BOARD MEMBER) is a:well-known Certified Events Planner, established in NW Indiana.  She  has successfully coordinated many events where Ms. Gooch has provided musical services for many years and supports her endeavors.  She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting (I.U.N.W.), is employed at Community Hospital, serves on the Board for Ambassadors of  Edgewater Systems, Gary, IN; serves on Board for Sojourner Truth House, Gary, IN, and is the Former Director for Gary YWCA.  She devotes her time, unselfishly, and has always worked harmoniously with Ms. Gooch.   She is well-noted for wearing many hats, when time pressure rises, and working miracles to meet time-pressure deadlines.

 

~~Click on "Our Endeavors" at top of page, to hear Ms.Gooch's expressions.~~
 
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3)  MS. ARDENA LISA GOOCH (Co-Founder & Music Director) is an alumni of the Gary Community School Corporation.  She was awarded Most Talented Female "Class of 1981", West Side High School.  She won 1st Runner-Up Trophy in MISS WEST PAGEANT 1981.  She was crowned  Miss 1980 Black Expo Pageant, Gary, IN Division.  She was a member or the National Honors Society during all of her K-12 years.  Her peers and many of the schools in NW IN were graced with her music performances, during her childhood.  She is a "gifted" vocalist, pianist, organist, and educator.  She was trained by her father, Deacon Clyde Gooch, Sr., who is a Church Deacon and gospel & jazz pianist in the Southern part of the U.S.  Deacon Gooch named his daughter after his mother, "The Late" Ardena Gooch.  She was laid to rest before Lisa's birth.  She was a well-known key pianist for various events in Tennessee, Minister of Music, educator, Civil Rights Activist, P.T.A. President, devoted mother of 9 musically talented children, and unselfishly served in community organizations in the Memphis, TN area.  Deacon Gooch's coaching paid off for Lisa, as her Cousin, Professor Edward Gooch, (International Trombonist of Detroit, MI) later polished her craft.   http://www.goochfamily.webs.com  During high school, "The Late" 'Bessie Tatum prepared Lisa for two-year college.  Upon entering, the Laney College Professors, in Oakland, CA were amazed at her accomplishments and music knowledge.  Lisa's knowledge afforded her the opportunity to test out of all of the music courses.  The Professors applauded her abilities and encouraged her to continue with her goal to make her living providing music services.  The results have been quite rewarding.  The dedicated and quality teachings that Lisa received from Gary Schools inspired her to give back to her home' town.  She adapts their "Praise & Reward" policy which played a great role in boosting her self-esteem. Performing as Lisa Gooch "Jazz" Lisa launched her music career as an International Jazz & Gospel Vocalist, Pianist, Organist, Educator, Composer, and Inspirational Speaker.  http://www.google.com/profiles/inspirationalmusicbylisagooch  (hear Lisa w/Daughters).  Since the age of eight, in 1970, she has been providing Minister of Music Services for churches and accommodating revivals, conferences, workshops, etc.  Also since 1970, she has provided solo and group music performances for a variety of venues (her own concerts; opening acts for headlining stars; weddings; receptions; hotels; banquets; elegant restaurants; pageants, cotillions, political, corporate, and Christian events, etc.).  http://www.weddingandreceptionmusicbylisagoochjazz.webs.com (hear Lisa Gooch "Jazz" & Friends).  Gary Community School Corporation graced her with  an "Outstanding Parent of the Year" plaque.  She's also the Founder of Substitute Teachers Worldwidehttp://www.substituteteachersworldwide.webs.com%29/  (hear Lisa).  Their on-going events encourage and honor Substitutes, as they highlight students' talents/skills and reward them.  They promote excellence in education.  Lisa Gooch Music Lessons welcomes private students of all ages.  Vocal, piano, and music enrichment on various instruments are offered.   http://lisagoochmusiclesson.webs.com%29/  (hear Lisa).  Lisa endeavors to offer secretarial and office procedures training to youth through her company, Gooch's Clerical Services.  The company will merge as a department within the facility sought for rehearsals and productions. http://www.goochsclericalservices.webs.com/  (hear Lisa)Lisa highlights those who have made their transition to eternal life where she provided Memorial Service Music at http://www.memorialservicemusicbylisagooch.webs.com (hear Lisa w/Daughters).  Stay updated at http://www.myspace.com/lisagoochjazz
 

FORMER ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT:


We truly regret our loss of "The Late"  MS. MARY TIPTON (Amber Scott's Mother) on April 6, 2011.  She was a single parent and disabled Domestic Engineer.  She earned her B.A. Degree in Criminal Justice  from I.U.N, NW, achieved  Certificates in:  Micro Computers, Spread Sheets, and Data Entry.  She was formerly employed by NIRPC (NW IN Regional Planing Commission), worked for The Alternative  House For Teens, in Gary, and counseled ages 13-18.  She remained as an integral part of our organization as her daughter grew older and was no longer a member.  She also remained in spite of her illness which restricted her mobility.  She was the perfect example of loyalty to our organization, despite major health issues.  Her contentment with providing the most that she could means the world to our organization.  She expressed unselfish dedication.   Visitation and Service was Thursday, April 14, 2011 @ Guy & Allen Funeral Home, Gary, IN.
 
We, now, offer school credits to high school Honor Society Juniors & Seniors, who join our Administrative Assistants Team.  Principal or Guidance Counselor referrals are required.  Contact Ms. Gooch for the Tasks Manual.  More than 25 tasks need to be filled, annually.
 
 
           DOWNLOAD OUR ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANTS TASK MANUAL AT:
 https://www.dropbox.com/s/30f4fks0kulzmlk/ADMINISTRATIVE%20ASSISTANT%20TASKS%20MANUAL.pdf?dl=0
 

ABOUT OUR ASSISTANT MUSIC DIRECTORS:

 

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MS. SARITA HUNTER (ASSISTANT MUSIC DIRECTOR) is the youngest daughter of Ms. Gooch.  She was vocally trained by her Mom and is a strong "Alto", yet, versatile.  She has launched her singing career and has already performed nationally and internationally.  She is the Lead Vocalist for "Show A Little Love".  The song is featured on the upcoming Children of Gary Choir's first C.D. entitled:  All Night All Day.  She also sang "Alto" with the choir on the other songs to the C.D.  She studied a variety of dance styles under Jeanie's Dance Academy, Griffith, IN and Toni Simpson's Dance Troupe, who featured her in many dance productions with Gary West Side Theater Guild "Lyrics" Series.  Her poetry has bloomed, tremendously, and is featured on the products listed on her web site.  She performs as "Cali" Gooch Musichttp://www.caligoochmusic.webs.com/  

 

 

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MS. EBONEE HUNTER (ASSISTANT MUSIC DIRECTOR) is the eldest daughter of Ms. Gooch.  She was vocally trained by her Mom and is a strong "Soprano", yet, versatile.  She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, in May/2009, and is an available advocate to the Children of Gary Choir.  She studied a variety of dance styles under Jeanie's Dance Academy, Griffith, IN and Toni Simpson's Dance Troupe, who featured her in many dance productions with Gary West Side Theater Guild "Lyrics" Series.  Her variety dance career has also enhanced the striking affect that she leaves on her audiences.  Her feminine and heart-felt dance performances are accompanied by her unique poetry, vocals, and her mother's music, while her sister, Sarita accompanies in song.  Her workshops and seminars for all ages address how the body and mind are intertwined.  Family & Marriage Counseling serve as one of her areas of concentration.  Her poetry has bloomed, tremendously, and is featured on the products listed on her web site.  She performs as Ebonee "The Dancer"http://www.psydancer.webs.com   

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS!!


 

 
....TO OUR WONDERFUL BIRTHDAY MEMBERS!!
 
CLICK ON LINK, BELOW TO SEE 
~~  LISA GOOCH'S HAPPY BIRTHDAY VIDEO TO THIS MONTH'S HONOREES ~~
 
 
 

(Please email your name, birth date, and email address to Lisa to be added to this section.)

 

JANUARY

FEBRUARY        25     Sarita Hunter (Lisa Gooch's Youngest Daughter)  
MARCH
APRIL
MAY                  28     Ebonee Hunter (Lisa Gooch's Youngest Daughter) 
JUNE
JULY
AUGUST
SEPTEMBER
OCTOBER
NOVEMBER       3    Mary Tipton (Administrative Assistant)
                         8    Ardena Lisa Goochr (Co-Founder & Music Director) 
DECEMBER 

 

HISTORY

Formerly the "DOUGLASS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CHOIR", Gary, IN, and the "CHILDREN OF GARY CHOIR", the International Youth Choir is an extension of LISA GOOCH "JAZZ" ENTERTAINMENT.

 

After having envisioned performances with an elite children's choir (in several dreams during her childhood) Ms. Gooch was eagerly inspired to form a children's choir, but needed direction in getting started. In her dream, the girls wore strikingly beautiful white dresses and the boys' attire was accented with comma bonds and bow ties.  Her uncertainty was satisfied when Ms. Alfreda Peterson approached her about starting a school choir where she served as Principal at Douglass Elementary School, Gary, IN.  Ms. Gooch gladly accepted the request and immediately made preparation to begin, as Ms. Peterson offered infinite assistance, where needed.

 

Upon the bloom of the group's inception, Ms. Gooch realized that the wonderful elements that had not been shown to her in her childhood dreams, were the two Princesses of her life (her precious daughters who were also students at Douglass) when the choir began.  Their loving and caring childhood memories reign in her heart as she's reminded that a quality music foundation for them was her ultimate goal.  The girls continue to assist and mentor the children, now that they're adults.                                         

                                  

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"Douglass School Choir" gained much exposure and publicity, as TV news reporters, cameramen, newspaper companies, and videographers rushed to document their amazing performances.  The choir rapidly gained increasing clientele, as they attracted new members from other Gary Schools.  For this reason, the name was changed to "Children of Gary Choir".  The voices on the first upcoming C.D. are all youth from Gary, IN.  For this reason, that name will remain an entity to the, now, "International Youth Choir"Ms. Gooch's travels with her music career affords her the wonderful opportunity to share with youth, internationally.  Collaboration between her United States groups and her groups outside the U.S. forms an international establishment.

 

                                 

OUR PURPOSE & WHAT WE DO:

Our purpose is to offer literacy programs and musically enrich our members while bringing hope, love, and inspiration to our listening audiences.  We inspire to expose young, great, and unknown talent, while enhancing and perfecting those talents. We promote entrepreneurship.   We teach love and unity, during our rehearsals and make it an integral part of our activities so that it is expressed through our performances.  We inspire to build self-esteem and produce positive leadership through the roles undertaken by the choir members. We promote healthy life styles through inspiring exercise and healthy eating programs.  We expose the children to different cultures so that they will develop an understanding and appreciation for people of different backgrounds and ethnicities.  We are an out-reach to the under-privileged by way of performances at nursing homes, hospitals, concerts, etc.  Lastly, music lessons are offered to create young musicians, who will continue to share with other youth and continue to make contributions to the Music Industry.  A quote from one of our founders and greatest supporter, Ms. Alfreda Peterson: “Children learn when involved in fun activities.”

OUR ENDEAVORS:

 ~~Click on "Our Endeavors" tab, at top of page, to hear the lovely voice expressions of Lisa Gooch.~~

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LISA GOOCH "JAZZ" was awarded an "EXCELLENT SERVICES" PLAQUE by our Honorable Board Members at her August 28, 2010 Concert (celebrating 40 yrs. of music services to NW IN & ABROAD).    @ Chicago Du Sable Museum of African American History ** August 28,2010

 

We endeavor to musically educate, promote, and inspire youth to strive for excellence.  We strive to address the need for children to function in loving and creative environments, to take leadership roles, and to work in diverse settings; also to learn, understand, and appreciate different cultures. We stress the success of non-violent ways to resolve all issues among children.  This enhances self-esteem and produces positive leadership.   We further endeavor to present on-going self-sponsored events, activities, workshops, conferences, etc.,  where the children are responsible for completing timely tasks.  Their responsibilities will enhance their independence and leadership skills.

 

We were scammed (by an Illinois "posing" recording studio) out of more than $3,000 during our first recording project, regretfully.   Ms. Gooch and the children professionally fulfilled their financial obligation and roles in the studio, only to learn that the posing engineer wasn't really an engineer.  He recorded with "distortion", submitted the Master on VHS (rather than on Adat, as promised), and confessed to not being familiar with his newly-bought recording equipment, after we had reached our limit with his insufficiency.

 

We will continue sponsoring music events to recoup our lost funds, so  that our recording project can be completed and we can more widely spread our musical inspiration to all.  Your financial contributions will assist with the purchase of our own recording equipment, so that Ms. Gooch can gain knowledge of how to lay our own tracks and keep our projects under our own roof.  Though this is taxing on her time, we are not interested in placing our projects under anyone else's roof and risk being taken advantage of, again.  Our C.D. sales will also serve as one of our fund raisers for a permanent facility for rehearsals and performances.

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE:

NEW MEMBERS ARE WELCOME!!!


New Rehearsal Schedules will post, soon!!   

 (Additional weekly rehearsal locations in other communities are being sought in Illinois, Michigan, & Ohio.)

PARENT MEETINGS:

PARENT MEETINGS are held from 6:00 to 7:00 P.M. after each "first" rehearsal of the month, at the rehearsal location.  All Parents are asked to either attend or send an Adult to represent your child.

 

Parents are asked to be sure to receive an Enrollment Packet.  They are available at all rehearsals and Parent Meetings.  The  Items within the packet that must be returned as confirmation of child's enrollment  are:  1)  Permission Slip and 2)  Rules & Misbehavior Fees Notice "Pink".

 

Please be sure to mail your Quarterly Stipends (outlined on our "Guidelines" Form) to our P.O. Box address, below.  This assists with our Music Instructor's expenses.  Please mail before the first rehearsal of January, April, July, and October of each year, so that preparation for your child's instruction can be made in a timely manner.  Thank you for supporting our endeavors and allowing us to share in your child's musical development.

 

Parental participation with fund raisers helps us to reach our goals.  Thanks for participating.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:

DATE                                 EVENT                                    LOCATION                         TIME    

 

OUR  ANNIVERSARY CONCERT SCHEDULES WILL BE POSTED, SOON.

 

Details for our APPRECIATION CELEBRATION for our BOARD MEMBERS will post, soon          

 

All Saturdays in     Lisa Gooch "Jazz & Gospel Brunch Series   Barclay Village           11-3 PM            December/2011     Honoring Parents & Community Workers     1058 W. 61st. Ave.                                    $15 Mail-in Reservations Only        Ads due:  12-20-11            Merrillville, IN  46410                                                           50/50 Raffle Winner need not be present                                                                                                   Party of 10 receives an extra ticket                                                                                 These events are preludes to the Lisa's & her Daughters' traveling Concert Series                      

 

SATURDAY               Lisa Gooch "Jazz" Concert          Du Sable Museum                3:00 PM                August 28, 2010           Celebrating 40 Years                 740 E. 56th Place                                                                                  Tickets: $20                              Chicago, IL                                                Ad Book Entries:  F/P $100; H/P $50; Q/P $25; Supporters $15; Patrons $10; Promo Products Available

 

SATURDAY              SUMMER YOUTH MUSIC             PASTRICK  LIBRARY         1 TO 3 PM       AUGUST 15, 2009    WORKSHOP CONCERT 2009       1008 W. CHICAGO Ave.                                                                                   EAST CHICAGO, IN  46312________________                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

OUR TANGIBLE NEEDS:

As our endeavors increase, our needs continue.

                                          (SPONSORSHIP & DONATIONS ARE REQUESTED)

        ITEM        EST. COST          ITEM           EST. COST

         15-Passenger Van                   Copy Paper (Colored)

        Bus                                        Student Awards/Gifts   

        Pick-Up Truck                        Heavy Duty Floor Mats

        Choir Uniforms                       Paper Protectors  $15/box

        Table Cloths                           2-Pocket Paper Folders

        Tiki Lighting                           Donated Auction Items

        Easels for displays                  Donated Promo Products

        Building w/Stage                     Heavy Duty Dolly        

        Fax Machine                           HP Ink Cartridges #41

        Laminating Machine                HP Ink Cartridges #45

        Big Screen Television              Laptop & Repair 

        Computer w/Flat Screen $800           Tote Box w/wheels  $20

        Grand Piano        $3,000         C.D. Burner                  

        Organ                                     Keyboards           

        Work Station Keyboard           Raffle Gifts          

        Motif Keyboard                      Ticket # Stamper 

        Optimus Keyboard Bag/Carrier               Gold Alum. Planters     

        Microphones        $100            Music Software Program

       SubWoofer                               Piano Theory Program

        Large White Planters                Office Supplies    

        Large Yard Tent                      Copy Machine              

        Folding Chairs                         Fax Scroll Paper $15/box

        Round Tables for Two             Audio Recorder   

        Portable Cassette Recorder $50            Portable Stage               

          ComputerVideo Card               Out-door Lighting         

        Copier Repair Toshiba BD510           Recording Sponsorship $5,000

          Lighted Marquee                     Web Site Design           

         Fostex M48-mkII     $300       Digital Recorder w/CD $1,000

 

 

        Multi-Telephone Line Answering System

 

 

 

STAFFING NEEDS:  We’re also in need of Volunteer Staff to commit to one calendar year, providing assistance, as needed (Hostesses, Bus Chaperones, Transportation, Rehearsal Aids, Promotions, Committee Captains, and more.)

MUSIC/REFLECTIONS/PHOTOS:

                                                  OUR PHOTO GALLERY IS AT:

                                   https://www.flickr.com/photos/63539628@N08/ 

 


                                     OUR PERFORMANCE PHOTOS SLIDE SHOW IS AT:

http://s636.beta.photobucket.com/user/internationalyouthchoir/media/668cd124.pbw.html#/

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                              Lisa Gooch "Jazz & Gospel" Concert - August 28, 2010
                          celebrated 40 years of music services to NW IN & ABROAD
                       CHICAGO DU SABLE MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY
   (Complete photo footage on youtube.com/lisagoochjazz,  facebook.com/lisagoochjazz,               &  myspacebook.com/lisagoochjazz, and facebook.com under ARDENA LISA GOOCH)                                                                           ~~DVD - $15 ~~                                                                                                 Thanks for helping to offset expense for our upcoming events!!

 

   See Video "clip" of Lisa singing & playing "Let's Stay Together" by Al Green (w/Background Vocals)                                              ~~ Tenor Saxophonist "Mike Carson" on Solo ~~

     ~~Also, click on "Music Reflections" tab, at top of page, to hear music from Concert..~~ 

       

  Lisa pauses from keyboards and dances to Edward             The Dancers just stole the show!!!    Feagan's Congos during "Mr. Melody" by Natalie Cole.         ED HOLLIS & EBONEE HUNTER            The two graduated from West Side H.S., Gary, IN, 1981.             (Lisa's Oldest Daughter)                     The audience joined in with the rhythm and laughter.                      Ebonee "The Dancer                   What a joyous way to celebrate the inception of her          http://www.psydancer.webs.com                 musical gifts that has provided for her and her children.    SARITA HUNTER & PEDRO TORRES           Video Editing is in progress.  Video Sales Pending.                 (Lisa's Youngest Daughter)                 Your purchases help us to continue presenting                             "Cali" Gooch Music                           quality music programs. Thanks!!                                http://www.caligoochmusic.webs.com

         "Let's Stay Together", by Al Green earned a warm round           AWESOME TRIO!! They were HOT!!!        of applause as the background vocalists filled the room                            (Left to Right)                       with melodious harmony.                                                           Mike Carson - Tenor Saxophone           L-R: Sarita Hunter, Ebonee Hunter, Brothers Jose &                    Michael Turner - Alto Saxophone       Rev. Carlos Reed, (Gary Community School Corp.                          Kenny Anderson - Trumpet      Teachers), and Cousin Vanessa Gooch (Professional                          warming up for show            Caterer; Head Cook/Methodist Hospitals;                                                                                       Head Cook/Buffington Harbor Casinos)

 

    Lannie Turner, Percussionist in greatest demand     Ed Feagan, Congos, graduated from West Side                    in NW IN and wonderful to work with.            H.S., Gary, IN, 1981 with Lisa. INCREDIBLE!!!     

                               Wow, sounds like Chicago will be worshiping with                   Sarita leads at Gary                                   THE PRAISE HOUSE!! They were remarkable                     Nursing Home; 1993                                             Special Guests at Lisa's Concert!!                                                                                       How many more genres of music does Lisa offer???????

               Ebonee speaks and sings at Douglass                        Sarita & Choir work audience @                    Elementary School/Gary; 1994                  Temple Israel Hall, Miller Beach, IN; 1999                                                                                       Lisa Gooch "Jazz" & Friends Concert

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS:

Special thanks to Financial Supporters, Former Staff Members, & past Sponsors    of our tangible needs, transportation assistance, programs, etc.  Your unselfish support will never be forgotten.  You will always hold a special place in our hearts.    We anticipate your attendance at our upcoming venues.

 

F  I  N  A N  C  I  A  L        S  U  P  P  O  R  T  E  R  S 

    Mayor Rudolph Clay          Former Mayor Scott King      Dr. William Shields                    Gary, IN                                              Gary, IN                                Gary, IN             
 
Ms. Alfreda Peterson, Executive Director,    MS. ARDENA LISA GOOCH                                            Gary Housing Authority; Co- Founder &          Co-Founder & Music Director                                           Board Member of International Youth Choir         International Youth Choir
                                                                           
 
                                     FS      = FINANCIAL SUPPORTER        
                                     P&C  = PARENT & CHAPERONE
                                     FAA   = FORMER ADM. ASST
                                     CBM  = CURRENT BOARD MEMBER                                              FMC   = FORMER MEMBER/CHAPERONE
                                     FAA   = FORMER ADM. ASST.                                                                   CAA   = CURRENT ADM. ASST.                                                                        
                                                                                         CHOIR MEMBER

  HONOREE                                                                       REPRESENTED


Ms. Alfreda Peterson                              CBM 

Mrs. Hue Wright-Deggans                       CBM

Ms. Mary Tipton                                    FAA                       Amber Scott 

Dr. Hawkins, Former Supintendent,         Moral

      Gary Community Schools                  Support

Ms. Lolietta Washington                          FAA                      Myesha

Ms. Kim Beene                                       FAA

Ms. Janice Harris                                     FAA                      Jessica Harris

Ms. Jenise Expose                                   FAA                     Jatika Expose

Mrs. Star Richardson                               FAA                     Sade Brookshire

Ms. Sharon Pratchett                               FAA              Cedric & Mya Chaffee

Ms. Sarah Sharp                                      FAA                Diamond Capler

Ms. Amber Scott                                     FMC             

Mayor Rudolph Clay, Gary, IN                 FS

Former Mayor Scott King, Gary, IN          FS

Dr. William Shields                                   FS

Mr. Elliott Expose                                    P&C                   Jatika Expose

Ms. Jenkins                                             P&C                     Desia Jenkins

Mrs. Conner                                            P&C                    D.J., & T.J.

Mr. Ford                                                 P&C               Hera & Sidney Ford

 

 

 

 MS. LOLIETTA WASHINGTON was the first Parent who was involved with the choir.  She gave of her time, endlessly, and taught dance choreography to the choir Members, while the name was DOUGLASS Elementary School.  Her son and daughter were also Members of the choir.  They are greatly missed.

MRS. BELINDA JOHNSON-KELLY was greatly involved when the choir was formed in 1993 as DOUGLASS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CHOIR.  Her daughter, SHAWNAY WARD-MOORE, was an active Member at that time.  They remained with us until Douglass School closed in 1995.  Mrs. Kelly was very active at Douglass and all of the Choir Members appreciate and gave her a warm reception, as she took initiative to assist with the choir wherever needed at rehearsals and performances.  In this photo, she is posed with our Former Choir Member, ROYLETTA RICE, who was in the choir during that time, also.  We're pleased that Ms. Kelly has remained in her life and supported Royletta's graduation.  Mrs. Kelly is greatly missed.  

 

 

MS. ANDREA HENDERSON was greatly involved when the choir was formed in 1993 as DOUGLASS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CHOIR.  Her son, ???????, was an active Member at that time.  They remained with us until Douglass School closed in 1995.  All of the Choir Members appreciate and gave her a warm reception, as Ms. Henderson took initiative to assist with the choir wherever needed at rehearsals and performances.   Ms. Kelly is also greatly missed and kind deeds will never be forgotten.

 

 
 

MR. & MRS. EXPOSE are greatly missed.  They are the proud Parents of Jatika Expose.  They were most dedicated, supportive, and dependable at all times.  Ms. Gooch reflects on her greatest appreciation from them as they extended themselves to even see her home after performances and helped her to unload her music equipment.  Mr. Expose often accompanied Ms. Gooch and the choir, from time to time.  Mrs. Expose was also a wonderful and professional Administrative Assistant for the Choir.

 

 

MS. JANICE HARRIS is also greatly missed.  She is the proud Parent of Jessica Harris.  She was most dedicated, supportive, and dependable at all times.  Ms. Harris had a wonderful way of stepping in to complete ideas, goals, bringing Parents together to work as a team, and over extending her team to assist with completing tasks.  Her professionalism and awesome leadership skills added to our choir.  She is greatly missed and welcome to return at any time.  Ms. Harris was also a wonderful and professional Administrative Assistant for the Choir.   

 

 

 

 

 

MRS. JUANITA EVANS is also greatly missed.  She is the proud Grandparent of Albion Josiah.  Her warm, sweet spirit always filled the room at our rehearsals, as she would gracefully blend in with the instruction at hand.  The children enjoyed how she assisted with Vocal Coaching, sang along, and often played piano and serenaded, as a wonderful tactic for helping the children to develop tone pitch.  She unselfishly worked in which ever capacities that were needed, as her schedule permitted..  She is greatly missed and welcome to return at any time.  Her relationship with Albion is one of the greatest examples for Grandparents.

Star Richardson

MRS. STAR RICHARDSON is also greatly missed.  She is the proud Grandparent of Shirlisa Black, Keonna Kiche', & "the late" Sade Brookshire.  Her warm, sweet presence and initiative greatly enhanced our organization.  She also served as an Administrative Assistant.  The children highly respected and responded to her..  She unselfishly worked in which ever capacities that were needed, and was in high attendance at rehearsals.  She is greatly missed and welcome to return at any time.  Her relationship with grandchildren is one of the greatest examples for Grandparents.
 

WEB SITES OF FORMER CHOIR MEMBERS WHO ARE NOW IN BUSINESS

 CONGRATULATIONS, KATIE!!  WE LOVE & MISS YOU!!!

(also Gary West Side H.S. Valedictorian/2006; most dedicated choir member even after high school graduation because she enjoyed the choir so much)
 
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Notre Dame Has First Black Valedictorian

Katie Washington, first black Valedictorian at Notre Dame University       ♦ A Gary, Indiana native will make history next month as the first black valedictorian from the University of Notre Dame.                              ♦ Katie Washington, 21, is a biology major and minor in Catholic social teaching with a 4.0 GPA.                                                           ♦ “I am humbled,” said Washington to the Northwest Indiana Times. "I am in a mode of gratitude and thanksgiving right now.”               ♦ University officials said they couldn’t recall ever having a black Valedictorian, and don’t keep record of their race.  The Valedictorian has been accepted to five schools, including Harvard, but she plans to pursue a joint M.D./Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins University, according to nwitimes.com.                                                                                    ♦ Source: http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/Notre-Dame-Has-First-Black-Valedictorian--90355079.html#ixzz1Ncc4z7FH                                                                                                         ♦ Source: http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/Notre-Dame-Has-First-Black-Valedictorian--90355079.html#ixzz1NcbWgenr                                                                            ♦ http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/Notre-Dame-Has-First-Black-Valedictorian--90355079.html

 

MEMBER                    AFFILIATION                     BUSINESS                    Web Site                

 

Ebonee Hunter   Ms. Gooch's oldest daughter      Dancing Doctor                                                                                                                                                         www.psydancer.webs.com                                          

Sarita Hunter      Ms. Gooch's youngest daughter   "Cali" Gooch Music                                                                                                www.caligoochmusic.webs.com

Albion Josiah       Mrs. Juanita Evans' Grandson      Opera Singer                                                                                            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUTWgzhDeq0                                                                       http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbVao4_gQNA&feature=related

MEMBERS LAID TO REST:

Ms. Gooch's hope is that she has been introduced to the children early enough in life where high quality values can be instilled and upheld, so that our Members do not, knowingly, place themselves in harm's way, by spending quality time with the wrong company.  Sometimes, it can cost our lives.  Let us join Ms. Gooch as she regularly includes God's protection over the children, during her prayer and fasting.

 
Your endless wonderful memories will remain in our hearts.  You will always remain part of our family.                                                                                                                 SADE BROOKSHIRE

FORMER MEMBERS:

To all of our past choir members who are now much older and broke my heart as you moved on and bloomed into more precious angels of mine, my prayers are with you each and every day. We welcome your "presentable"  submission for this section.   I ask God to guide and keep you in his perfect will.  It was such a joy sharing with you and offering my time and talents as a means for showing you positive ways to focus your never-dying energies.  My hope is that our motto to always show sisterly and brotherly love will remain in your hearts forever.  We were brought into each others' lives for a wonderful purpose.  It is up to us to nourish our blessed unions and keep them alive.  I love hearing from you and running into many of you, as I meet your new families.  I'm honored to have received so much wonderful feed-back from you and your parents.  Remember to give back to your communities, as we have freely given to you.  You just may help to save a child's life.

 

With all of my love,

 

Ms. Gooch, Founder & Music Director

           

         SARITA HUNTER              EBONEE HUNTER     KATIE WASHINGTON     JATIKA EXPOSE

  

 

      JESSICA HARRIS     MARCUS McCLATCHEY    AMBER SCOTT      BRITTANY SPILLER &Mom

             SHIRLISA BLACK         CHARLOTTE MOORE    CEDRIC PRATCHETT            MYA CHAFFEE      

SHAWNAY WARD-MOORE   ALBION JOSIAH       SHANIQUA BURDEN            ANGELICA DIX                                                                                  Purdue Cal./W. Lafayette, IN           

  BRITTANY JONES           KETURAH PORTER       DESHAWN THOMPSON    JENEE PORTER          

 

      ANNASTACIA PORTER        ANTHONY JONES      JALIYA MAXWELL       IREANNA DAMPIER                                          

 

   BREANNA BROWN           MARAQUITA JONES

 

 

OUR BEHAVIOR RULES & POLICIES SUMMARY:

 

Our "official" RULES & MISBEHAVIORAL intervention procedures are included with our ENROLLMENT PACKET that Parents receive, upon enrolling their children into our Music Program.  Though we enforce a caring and loving environment for our youth, we are very firm about classifying the level of offenses that may be committed against our organization.  Discipline is a vital part of child-rearing, as it takes a village to raise a child.

 

Much sacrifice, time, and expenses have been dedicated towards building and polishing our organization, on a daily basis, since 1993.  Therefore,  we are not an organization who takes criminal offenses lightly.  We're thankful that dealing with criminal offenses have not played a role in our development.  On the other hand, we want to make it perfectly clear that Youth or Adults endeavoring to commit fraud against our organization, solicit unauthorized funds, duplicate our documents without written permission of Ms. Gooch, unauthorized sales of our products, unauthorized televising or airing of our productions/performances, etc., will be dealt with, based on their level of criminal history as it is presented to us.   Youth with histories of Adult-like minds that premeditate crimes of fraud against our organization will be dealt with on those terms.

 

We partner with public school systems and law enforcement and have zero tolerance for criminal activity against our choir members and organization.  Our promise to our Members and families is that we will not be "passive" in the event that such incidents should arise.  Such incidents would be a direct insult to our intelligence and are expressions of lack of integrity and respect for who we are and what we stand for.

 

Criminals tend to target very active citizens or organizations who, seemingly, won't learn (early on) about their offenses.  As we contend with producing "quality" citizens to serve as positive role models, we stand prepared to address crimes committed against us.  We trust that Participants' intentions are good.

 

 

PROMOTIONAL PRODUCTS:

      Funds received from our product sales assist with our incurred expenses and items listed on                        "Our Tangible Needs" list on this web site.  We truly appreciate your support.                               Please allow two weeks delivery for mail orders.

 

**  BOOK MARKERS - $2  **

** CALENDARS/ 8 1/2 X 14 - $5 **

** CALENDARS/ 11 X 17 - $8 **

 (beautiful,colorful, laminated w/Staff Photos)

** T-SHIRTS/$12 ** 

** UPCOMING C.D. **

 

 

 **CANDY BARS:  SNICKERS*REESES*M&M's*HERSHEYS*TWIX/$1

                        An incentive for those who purchase a full candy box from us is                                 100% refund of your contribution, when you resell all of the candy.  Thanks for helping us.
 
An incentive for those who purchase a full candy box from us is nearly 100%                                refund of your contribution, when you resell all of the candy for $1/bar.  Thanks for helping us.

In addition to candy sales, we offer much more PROMO PRODUCTS at:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/egwbusbkiy7bqtl/PROMO%20PRODUCTS-1.pdf?dl=0

 ORDERING STAFF CAN RETRIEVE YOUR ORDER FORM AT:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/9m444qynnbua8tt/ORDER%20FORM.pdf?dl=0
 

** Aug. 28, 2010 LISA GOOCH 40th Anniv. "JAZZ & GOSPEL" CONCERT DVD/$15 **
 
 
** POPCORN:  BUTTER*CHEESE*CARAMEL*MIXED - $1 Bags ** 
 
 
CONTRIBUTOR CATEGORIES:

 

$500 + Contributors receive 2010 Concert DVD + Complimentary Ticket for all 2011 events, and "Sponsors" Listing in this year's printed programs.

$300 Contributors receive 2010 Concert DVD + Complimentary Ticket for three 2011 events, and "Gold Member" Listing in this year's printed programs.

$200 Contributors receive 2010 Concert DVD + Complimentary Ticket for two 2011 events, and "Supporters" Listing in this year's printed programs.

$100 Contributors receive 2010 Concert DVD + Complimentary Ticket for one 2011 events, and "Friends" Listing in this year's printed programs.

$50 Contributors receive 2010 Concert DVD and will be listed as a “Patron” at our next concert

 $25 Contributors receive 2010 Concert DVD

 $15 Contributors receive our 11 X 17 PROMO CALENDAR with color choir photo

 

 $10 Contributors receive our 8 1/2 X 14 PROMO CALENDAR with color choir photo.

  $5 Contributors will be added to our PATRONS LIST at our next event.


~~ Thank you for supporting and passing the word on to prospective corporate sponsors!! ~~

 

CONTACT:

ATTENTION:  MS. ARDENA LISA GOOCH, FOUNDER & MUSIC DIRECTOR

INTERNATIONAL YOUTH CHOIR or  CHILDREN OF GARY CHOIR

P.O. BOX 15

CICERO, IN  46034-0015

(317) 599-0962

 

EMAILS:   lisagooch@juno.com

                internationalyouthchoir@yahoo.com

 

WEB SITE:

http://www.childrenofgarychoir.webs.com           Stay tuned for Ms. Gooch's upcoming recordings                                                                   with "The Famous" John Legend's Mom, Ms. Stephens.

                                    

Good, wholesome music is nourishment for the soul!!  Thanks for stopping by.

 

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