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The Gift of Music

The Fresno County Youth Choir

The Fresno County Youth Choir performed the Phillip Phillips’ “Home” song, in dedication to the sacrifices made by Veterans and their families to keep America free.

By Laisa Leao, Public Affairs Specialist
Thursday, July 17, 2014

They came to put a smile on the Veterans’ faces and to bring joy to their hearts.

Fifty five students from Fresno County High Schools and Colleges gave up their Summer time to join the Fresno County Youth Choir and to perform throughout California. On July 16, 2014, they came to the Fresno VA Medical Center.

The Choir’s recital captivated the audience like a magical breeze spreading shine and light to all. The combination of vocals, instruments, movements, gestures and expressions lifted the ambiance and united the spectators in a common rhythm.

Dennis Lourien, one of the Veterans residing in the Community Living Center, could not hold his tears. As a former bass player himself, he holds a deeper connection with music. “The harmony is beautiful,” said Lourien.

Music has certainly a powerful effect on emotions, and musicians are gifted individuals, who can soothe, relax and shift the mood of a stressful day. 

“One day I woke up in the wrong side of the bed, and then I found music to lift my spirit,” said Aaron Bryan, Director of the Choir.

The Choir is scheduled for a concert on Saturday, July 19, at 7 p.m. at Fresno City College.

The program is sponsored by the Fresno County Office of Education.

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