Maryvale’s Guitar Ensembles Earn $15,000 Towards their Tours this Semester

Posted by Community Relations at 1/7/2016

Maryvale’s guitar ensembles performed at 15 various holiday functions before the winter break, and earned $15,000 towards their tours this semester. The guitarists will go to new Mexico in February, New York in March, and the big trip, to Rome to perform at the Pantheon. Director James Yancey sent audition recordings and biographies and made several calls in his halting Italian to the offices of the Archdiocese of Rome, who granted permission for the group to play at the historic venue originally built in the second century. “This is a huge, huge honor, and definitely the high point in my career,” said Yancey.

Helping to fund the trip, the ensemble received a huge donation of $20,000 from the Velda Rose United Methodist Women. Yancey is the music director of the church and his groups have done many concerts and an annual Holiday dinner show there. “The women’s group has always been so incredibly impressed with what goes on here at Maryvale and decided as a collective group they really wanted to support this program,” Yancey said.  “They do a bi-annual garage sale that raises over $80,000 each time and they then donate the monies to worthy causes.  We became one of their worthy causes.”