Our region of northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio is known for the products and goods it produces locally.
One thing you might not have known is our region is steeped in local talent.
Fort Wayne's youth choir 'Voices of Unity' takes that local talent and it has made a name for itself all over the world.
And the kids have the awards to prove it.
Those kids really have distinguished themselves internationally.
Next week, they leave to compete in the World Choir Games in Riga, Latvia, where they will defend their gold medal they won at last year's competition.
"It's just good to be a voice for more than just Fort Wayne, because there's a lot of people that need hope all around the world. So it's just good to help spread your message through whatever your message is all throughout the world, and have an impact on the world,” says Dalyn Johnson.
Johnson is just one piece of the Voices of Unity youth choir- But together, all the pieces have a global impact.
"Since I joined, I’ve got to experience the most amazing things in my life. When I first joined, I got the opportunity to go to China... So it just gets you prepared for everything. For college, for life, for discipline,” says Rebecca Soto.
Marshall White founded the Unity Performing Arts Foundation and Voices of Unity in 2000.
Today, his coaching takes local talent and spreads it around the world.
"Fort Wayne is really small compared to other big cities... And just to be a big example of somewhere so small... I think it's just a good reminder that you can be as big as you want no matter where you come from. You can shine all over the world,” say Aliyah Byrd.
This month, Voices of Unity shined at Carnegie Hall in New York City and in July at the World Choir Games in Riga, Latvia.
Last year, it brought home the gold medal for gospel performance.
And more importantly, it brought out themselves.
"This is my first soulful choir that I've been a part of, and I feel like I can really cultivate my individuality by being in this choir, and that's something that I haven't been able to do before. And I really feel that I've learned discipline from this choir. And I've learned how to become a better artist and a better person,” says Laura Bessette.
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