Friday, June 17, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Afro-American Music Institute
412-241-6775 or 412-443-1770
7131 Hamilton Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15208
Photo: AAMI Boys Choir pictured with Dr. James Johnson (far left) and Howie Alexander (far right)
AAMI's Boys Choir 20th Anniversary Reunion Weekend
June 18-19 -- Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
PITTSBURGH, PA (PittsburghNewsWire.com) -- Twenty years ago Pamela Johnson, co-founder of the Afro American Music Institute, Inc. (AAMI), a nonprofit organization located in Homewood, started to honor fathers with the creation of a Father's Day Tribute concert. That one-day event, would lead to the creation of AAMI's Boys Choir of Pittsburgh. AAMI's Boys Choir, a community-based program, enables youth to experience the cultural richness and excitement of creative musical expressions. Hundreds of young men have been choir members, and now, twenty-one years later as of June 2011 the AAMI's Boys Choir is still the Institute's premier Performance Ensemble.
This year's Father's Day concert, features AAMI's Boys Choir alumni Tommy Parker. Tommy Parker started singing with AAMI's Boys Choir at the age of 10 years old; today, he is producer and songwriter for Darkchild, working with artists such as Janet Jackson, Usher, and many others. On June 19, at 4 PM, AAMI will hold a Dinner Concert at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts located at 6300 Fifth Ave. On Saturday, June 18, Tommy Parker will hold a community Music Industry workshop at AAMI, 7131 Hamilton Avenue in Homewood from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. He will be accompanied by other musicians including Jessica Lee, Roy Razika and Keith Moncrief.
The AAMI's Boys Choir has performed at festivals, churches, universities, civic affairs and social organizations throughout the metropolitan Pittsburgh Area. The Boys Choir toured and performed at Spellman College, (Atlanta, GA), St. Mark's Anglican Church, (Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada), local churches in Milwaukee, WI and Six Flags Theme Park on the Great American Stage, (Gurnee, Il.). The Choir performed in Memphis, TN at the Civil Rights Museum and at Cannon Theatre in celebration of STAX Record's 50th Anniversary.
Proceeds from this year's concert will underwrite the costs for the Boys Choir Tour and performance at the 1st National Boys Choir, Invitational Convention at the University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, June 23-25, 2011. AAMI's Boys Choir will represent the City of Pittsburgh at the National Boys Choir competition.
A SHOUT OUT TO ALL YOUNG MEN WHO HAVE BEEN APART OF AAMI's BOYS' CHOIR
Please mail/email a brief personal biography for AAMI's Boys Choir Reunion Celebration. We would love to hear from you!
For more information, tickets or to donate to AAMI's Boys Choir Tour please contact AAMI at 412-241-6775 or visit us at www.afroamericanmusic.org.
**AAMI is a member agency of the United Way of Allegheny County -- Designation Code 927578**