Kick-Off = Music in the Open Air! At The Market

Opening With Rachel Blackburn’s Voices of Virtue


Mission: Enriching the lives of our youth while educating the community through the arts.

Voices of Virtue Inc. is a community based choir and non-profit organization. It was established not only to provide a performance platform for talented youths and young adults throughout Long Island, but it also serves as a fundraising agent to aid the efforts of the Hempstead Select Chorale.  Current membership includes existing and post Hempstead High School choir members.  However, membership will be open to all on Long Island.

Voices of Virtue Inc. is designed to:

  • Provide talented teens, at-risk youths and young adults artistic exposure to different cultures.
  • Create performance goals that will give its members a true sense of being and accomplishment.
  • Educate the community and preserve a body of music that is slowly becoming a decreased entity.
  • Teach members to become ambassadors for the music of their heritage as they perform throughout the community, nation and the world.

Voices of Virtue

Founder & Executive DirectorRachel Blackburn

Rachel Blackburn

A native of Warren, Ohio she received her formal musical training from Central State University (B. A. Music Education) and New York University (M. A. Music Education in Higher Learning)

Under her leadership, The Hempstead Select Chorale has performed with the West Mountain Symphony Orchestra in Utah, The National Philharmonic in Washington DC and the New Orleans Philharmonic in Louisiana.   In 2004 they made a Carnegie Hall debut and the same in 2006 at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center.  In 2007 the chorus made their International debut performing at Votiv Kirche and Melk Abbey in Vienna, Austria.  In 2009 they brought home the Gold in an International Choral Competition in Verona, Italy.





Additionally, Rachel serves as Vice President of Sisters of the Arts, the only NY based chapter of The Society, Inc. a national organization of African-American women who support, mentor, and cultivate youth and young adults seeking careers in the Fine and Performing Arts.

Dr. Rohini B. Ramanathan of Oceanside, NY.

Ro for DTEA

Dr. Ramanathan is a former All India RadioYouth Artist between age 13-17 and winner of several grants, including year 2016 Creative Individual Artist Grant, the Huntington Arts Council that facilitated the production of a concert with talented youngsters from Freeport who were former YETP graduates which was presented at the YETP Annual Festival.. Rohini was the only artist from Nassau County to receive this grant in the Individual Artist Category.

Rohini is also the Founder-Director of the East-West World Music Epiphany Band (producer of several fusion projects). Rohini has performed at over 22 libraries, museums, Lincoln Center Performing Arts Walter Bruno Auditorium, PBS-TV among other venues. Last Christmas, at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in the city, she performed in the Nativity Extravaganza with the Dance Ministry Institute’s choir.

By training, she is a corporate learning and Ro group photodevelopment professional and a writer who has published over 200 articles/essays/columns in several publications, including the New York Times, Newsday, and the Great South Bay Magazine. A month back, her 30-poem, poetry collection Ana and Blackie the Little Furball entered in a contest by Local Gems Press got selected for publication.


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