Empower Youth in the Performing Arts and OWA continued to work together to provide performance opportunities for area college age musicians. For the third year in a row, we provided Christmas carolers for OWA Downtown and Theme Park. For three weekends in December, park guests were greeted as they entered in the park by an a cappella quartet of Music Majors and Minors from the University of South Alabama. A portion of the proceeds went to fund Empower Youth in the Performing Arts and our flagship organization, Southwind. Park management told us that the guests loved the live music, and the carolers said they thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

Three of the four musicians performed for us before; some of them have performed on multiple occasions.

  • Asia Smith, a music major, was our soprano. Asia has caroled every Christmas since we started, and was
    part of the last year’s Halloween show.
  • Morgan Seips, a Master’s vocal performance major, was our alto. Morgan was also part of last year’s
    Halloween show, and was scheduled to be in the Andrews Sisters tribute that had to be cancelled due to
    the pandemic.
  • Timothy Griffin, an undergraduate Music Minor, was our tenor. Timothy performed with us during the
    first year of caroling.
  • Goldon Gill, an undergraduate Music Major, was our bass. This was Goldon’s first gig with us.

We are currently in talks with OWA to provide another Mardi Gras band, like the one we had last year that led off OWA’s inaugural Mardi Gras parade. We should know something definite soon.