Sing for Hope is thrilled to continue our partnership with The Richard Tucker Music Foundation, creating special concerts for hospital patients, school children, and the community at large across all five boroughs of NYC. These special musical events range from impromptu musical moments on The Sing for Hope Pianos in their summertime park homes to an annual holiday concert at Mount Sinai Hospital – all featuring the young American opera singers supported by the “Tuckers,” as the prestigious American opera foundation is affectionately called.
The partnership between Sing for Hope and The Richard Tucker Music Foundation is dedicated to bringing the young American opera singers that the Tucker Foundation supports to Sing for Hope’s community outreach programs. Tucker Foundation grantees, including the annual Richard Tucker Award winner, participate in Sing for Hope’s volunteer service programs, sharing performances at Sing for Hope partner sites throughout the year.
The Tucker/Sing for Hope collaboration was launched in 2014 with a performance offered free of charge to the Mount Sinai Hospital community as well as the general public. The special event (pictured above and below) took place in the Mount Sinai Fifth Avenue Atrium for an enthusiastic audience made up of patients, doctors, nurses, caregivers, and community members. The program featured classical gems and songbook standards, and performers included rising stars of the American operatic scene, including Nadine Sierra, soprano; Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-soprano; Dimitri Pittas, tenor; Brandon Cedel, bass-baritone; Michael Fennelly, piano; and David Chang, piano.
Pianist David Chang, Sing for Hope Co-Founder Camille Zamora, Bass-Baritone Brandon Cedel, Soprano Nadine Sierra, Sing for Hope Co-Founder Monica Yunus, Tenor Dimitri Pittas, Mezzo-Soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano, Pianist Michael Fennelly, and Richard Tucker Music Foundation President Barry Tucker
A PEEK AT A RICHARD TUCKER AWARD WINNER IN ACTION SINGING FOR HOPE
When the 2015 Richard Tucker Music Foundation Award Winner Jamie Barton isn’t sharing her voice on international opera stages, she can often be found collaborating with duet partners in one of Sing for Hope’s community partner sites.
A Sing for Hope Volunteer Artist since 2010, Jamie regularly brings her golden voice, easy laugh, and warm spirit to people in need. Jamie holds that volunteering with SFH helps her fulfill her mission as an artist, which is “to bring music to people, and to make sure all people have this experience of being part of the music.” As she puts it, volunteering with Sing for Hope is “the sprinkles on top of the cupcake” of her life in the arts (aw, Jamie, you’re making us blush!).
Sing for Hope program participants at United Cerebral Palsy feel the same way about Jamie and the other Volunteer Artists who share time and talent there. On a recent rainy day, Jamie and pianist Michael Fennelly brought an interactive musical program to life on a Sing for Hope Piano at a United Cerebral Palsy site in Inwood in Upper Manhattan. The perfect summation of the afternoon came from a program participant: “I like her music because it lights me up, it makes me cry, it makes me happy, it makes me sad, it makes me go to heaven… I just like it!”
Take a video peek at Jamie’s story above. We hope you’ll consider joining her and other SFH Volunteer Artists — from amateurs to pros, dancers to actors, painters to puppeteers — who volunteer time and talent in Sing for Hope’s arts outreach programs. Your art really can change a life!
The Richard Tucker Music Foundation, founded in 1975, is a non-profit cultural organization dedicated to perpetuating the artistic legacy of the great American tenor through the support and advancement of the careers of talented American opera singers by bringing opera into the community.
Sing for Hope transforms lives by mobilizing artists in volunteer service, bringing the power of the arts to those who need it most. Our programs include hospital concerts, youth outreach, and the country’s largest public art project, NYC’s Sing for Hope Pianos, which embody our mission of art for all.
“Sing for Hope is dedicated to bringing the healing power of the arts to those who need it most. In today’s world, that feels more urgent than ever.” – Renée Fleming, Sing for Hope Founding Board Member and 1990 Richard Tucker Award Winner.
Interested in sharing your talent in programs and events like this?