Celebrating over two decades of support from the Johnny Mercer Foundation, Braille Institute’s Youth Music Program includes the Johnny Mercer Youth Choir and Summer Music Program.
Braille Institute’s award-winning Johnny Mercer Youth Choir offers free music instruction and performance opportunities to children and teens ages 8-18 from southern California who are blind or visually impaired. The program is designed to promote independence, self-esteem, and comradery through music-based education and performance.
“Our goal is to provide quality music education and performance opportunities for the visually impaired youth, and to cultivate a safe place for students to explore their creativity and self-expression,” says Youth Choir Director, Scarlett Brais.
The choir has performed through Southern California, at venues including The Hollywood Bowl, Segerstrom Center for the Performing Arts, Irvine Barclays Theater, Whittier Centre Theatre, South Coast Plaza, The Beverly Hills Hotel, and many more!
“I believe every child should be given the opportunity to perform and express themselves through music and arts, no matter the disability. These students are making a positive impact on their audiences, and it is inspiring to see how brightly they shine in the spotlight,” says Scarlett.
In addition to performance opportunities, the choir program includes lessons and activities in songwriting, studio-recording, music theory and career development.
The choir meets weekly during the fall and spring semesters and offers special programming during the summer months as well.
The Children’s Choir has performed through Southern California, at venues including Knott’s Berry Farm, The Aquarium of the Pacific, The Richard Nixon Presidential Library, Segerstrom Center for the Performing Arts – Samueli Theater, South Coast Plaza, The Beverly Hills Hotel, Irvine Barclays Theater, Whittier Centre Theatre, and many more!
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the choir program is being offered remotely as a distance learning program. Students can take part in choir from the comfort and safety of their own home.