INTERNATIONAL YOUTH CHOIR
(Umbrella for Children of Gary Choir)
THE TRAVELING YOUTH PRESENT POP, PATRIOTIC, STANDARDS, GOSPEL, & JAZZ SONG PERFORMANCES FOR A VARIETY OF VENUES .
(ESTABLISHED IN NW INDIANA SINCE 1993)
serving schools, banquets, corporate, political, and religious events, parades, festivals, & more
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~~Click on "Ms. Peterson's Expressions" tab, above, to hear her lovely voice expressions.~~
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.~~
2) MRS. 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.
(Please email your name, birth date, and email address to Lisa to be added to this section.)
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.
SARITA & EBONEE
"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.
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.
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.
DATE EVENT LOCATION TIME
OUR 22nd YEAR ANNIVERSARY WILL BE CELEBRATED IN CONCERT. DETAILS, 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________________
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
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.)
OUR PHOTO GALLERY IS AT:
OUR PERFORMANCE PHOTOS SLIDE SHOW IS AT:
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
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
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.
CONGRATULATIONS, KATIE!! WE LOVE & MISS YOU!!!
♦ 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
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.
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.
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 **
(beautiful,colorful, laminated w/Staff Photos)
** T-SHIRTS/$12 **
** UPCOMING C.D. **
$500 + Contributors receive 2010 Concert DVD + Complimentary Ticket for all 2011 events, and "Sponsors" Listing in 2011 printed programs.
$300 Contributors receive 2010 Concert DVD + Complimentary Ticket for three 2011 events, and "Gold Member" Listing in 2011 printed programs.
$200 Contributors receive 2010 Concert DVD + Complimentary Ticket for two 2011 events, and "Supporters" Listing in 2011 printed programs.
$100 Contributors receive 2010 Concert DVD + Complimentary Ticket for one 2011 events, and "Friends" Listing in 2011 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.
ATTENTION: MS. ARDENA LISA GOOCH, FOUNDER & MUSIC DIRECTOR
INTERNATIONAL YOUTH CHOIR or CHILDREN OF GARY CHOIR
P.O. BOX 15
CICERO, IN 46034-0015
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.