When you need to take a break from sitting at your desk for hours, a little music can boost your mood. Especially when dozens of children, accompanied by percussionists, are the ones serenading you.
The Haitian Children’s Choir and percussion ensemble stopped by Rally.org headquarters in San Francisco on Tuesday for a lunchtime concert and impromptu dance party. The choir is currently on a 25-city tour across the U.S. Sing With Haiti, a Bay Area non-profit dedicated to arts education and child well-being, coordinated the in-office appearance as part of a Rally fundraising campaign to benefit children in Haiti.
Also last week, Grammy-winning soprano Deborah Voigt hosted a gala event featuring performances by the Haitian Children’s Choir, San Francisco youth and adult choral singers, Grammy-winning mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, and other opera stars.
The benefit concert and Rally campaign have helped raise money to rebuild the Holy Trinity Episcopal Cathedral Music School of Port-au-Prince, destroyed in the January 2010 earthquake that killed more than 100,000 people in Haiti. Before the quake Holy Trinity had provided formal music education to more than 1,000 students every academic year since 1956.
Sing With Haiti is working to continue the school’s cultural exchange efforts with students and teachers in the U.S. You can watch a video to see and hear the talented students of Holy Trinity here and contribute to Sing With Haiti’s crowdfunding campaign at rally.org/singwithhaiti.