Voices of Hope, our children’s choir at Shepherd’s Grove, made their public debut December 20 during a special evening Advent service held at Shepherd’s Grove. During Celebration of Advent: Christmas Extravaganza, the choir sang three songs beginning with All is Well and O Come, Little Children. They were then joined by Daniel Rodriguez and Karina Nuvo to sing Christmas Day by Michael W. Smith.
“Our debut was nothing short of outstanding, due to hours of hard work, tons of prayers, and supportive families and children who trust me and this program,” said Sarah Grandpré, artistic director for Voices of Hope. “It also was incredible to be able to give the kids’ families the joy of seeing them use their talent to glorify God.”
The evening also included the singing of carols, the vocal talents of Marla Kavanaugh and the Shepherd’s Grove Community Orchestra.
About Voices of Hope
Under the direction of Sarah Grandpré, Voices of Hope is a tuition-free professional group of 4th through 8th grade students who share the message of hope through music both locally and internationally. The choir rehearses weekly at Shepherd’s Grove and performs at the church and on the Hour of Power with Bobby Schuller for major holidays. They also plan to tour in the future.
“Our mission for Voices of Hope is to share the message of hope through the very powerful language of music. To achieve that, my goal is to nurture the children’s self-esteem in a safe and supportive environment, resulting in musical excellence and professionalism. I aim to choose music that is wholesome and life-affirming, so that the truths of the Gospel can be reinforced to my singers and communicated through them to our world. Voice of Hope was formed with faith that God will bring us the right families to participate in this choir. I would love for the program to grow, and I trust that God’s plan is at work and with His grace we are moving forward.”
– Sarah Grandpré, artistic director for Voices of Hope.
About Sarah Grandpré
Sarah Grandpré is the artistic director of Voices of Hope. As a concert soloist, Sarah has performed oratorio works by Handel, Haydn, Beethoven and Bach. Career highlights include making her Carnegie Hall debut as the Soprano soloist in Brahms’ Requiem with Manhattan Concert Productions and performing in Royce Hall with renowned conductor and Hour of Power Choir director Donald Neuen as a Soprano soloist for his final performance of Beethoven’s Mass in C Major with the UCLA Chorale and Philharmonia. She also has been featured in Handel’s Messiah at the Crystal Cathedral and for the Hour of Power with Bobby Schuller at Shepherd’s Grove.