Dynamic and larger than life, choral director and music educator Chantel Wright is passionate about music and young people. Motivated by her faith, she settled in Harlem a decade ago and set up a gospel choir for teens from disadvantaged and challenging backgrounds. Chantel also takes gospel music into secure juvenile detention centers in New York so that she can teach young people arrested by the New York Police Department to sing … in harmony.
Chantel demands that the kids in her choir complete their high-school education. Everyone learns to read music and, each year, her choir performs a major choral work, from Verdi’s Requiem to Handel’s Messiah. Young people under her tutelage find that they are far more capable than they had realized. And Chantel’s efforts for those who are released from detention centers continue as those adolescents try and stay on the right side of the law.
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