The Urban Nation H.I.P.-H.O.P. Choir
The Urban Nation H.I.P.-H.O.P. Choir of Washington, DC is the brainchild of Dr. Sheila Johnson Newman and renowned DC musician Dr. Rickey Payton, Sr., who is the choir’s president and chief executive officer. Focusing on the acronym H.I.P. - H.O.P. (Hope, Integrity, Power - Helping Our People), the choir’s mission is to channel the creative and artistic energies of a targeted group of youth into a dynamic, structured group that will foster excellence in all facets of their lives. Students who range in ages 13 to 18 participate in the Urban Nation H.I.P.-H.O.P. Choir. They gain a better understanding and awareness of their heritage by performing a variety of musical styles, particularly spirituals, gospel, jazz, contemporary, inspirational, folk, MUSICAL Theatre/Hip Hop and classical music. In addition to performing, Urban Nation emphasizes education, academic excellence, community service, intercultural appreciation, discipline and HIV/AIDs awareness Each participant is required to maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 and attend all educational and motivational workshops as well as seminars that will develop their talents, skills, self-esteem, confidence and personal character. Some highlights of the Urban Nation H.I.P.-H.O.P. Choir include performances at the White House and Pageant for Peace (lighting of the National Christmas Tree). With rave reviews, the choir has also shared the stage with such celebrities as Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, P. Diddy, Oprah Winfrey, Celine Dion, Wayne Newton, Shania Twain, Hilary Duff, Tatyana Ali, Jasmine Guy, Paul Simon, Raffi, Denyce Graves, Renee Fleming, Rosie O’Donnell, Maya Angelou, Yolanda Adams, Hezekiah Walker, John P. Kee, Vicki Winans, Karen Clark Sheard, and Bobby Jones. The choir has performed for John D. Podesta and the Center for American Progress, Christmas in Middleburg, The Center for Non-Violence and General Dynamics. The choir has also been featured in an array of media outlets including B.E.T., NBC TV, The Washington Post, The Washington Times and B.E.T. Weekend. For more information, please visit our website: www.urbannation.org
The Urban Nation Academy for the Performing Arts mission is to positively impact the lives of children, youth, and adults by giving them the opportunity to develop socially, emotionally, intellectually, and artistically through dance, music education, and through the study of the business of music.
The Academy provides excellence in musicianship, self-discipline, and shared learning in a nurturing, supportive, and safe environment. We offer a unique and challenging program of study which is geared to enhance each student’s growth and development in a state-of-the-art facility by providing a cultural center with customized private and group lessons as well as seminars, classes, and virtual seminars in the performing arts.
In addition, The Academy offers educational courses as part of our community outreach, to people of diverse backgrounds, as well as families of at-risk youth and special needs, as we continue to build ever stronger ties to our community. We give students the opportunity to experience the true essence of the arts as we watch them grow to adulthood to appreciate their special contribution to the arts. Join us and Sign-Up Now! Take your place among the students and families of The Urban Nation Academy for the Performing Arts. Remember our motto:
“Be The of the Arts”