We are a two-time Emmy award winning Gospel ensemble and arts education program in Harlem.  Watch our two-part 60 Minutes special now!


In 2006, legendary writer and producer Vy Higginsen and gospel legend Dr. Emily "Cissy" Houston joined forces to teach aspiring teenagers about the importance of gospel music as an art form.  Since then it has grown into a highly respected and influential source of education and self-development for New York City youth.

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Under the direction of the Foundation's seasoned music masters, the Gospel for Teens Choir has performed at prestigious venues and special events across America including the Congressional Black Caucus, The Stellar Awards, Reverend Al Sharpton's National Action Network Convention, New York Fashion Week, Yankee Stadium, and Lincoln Center.  Recently we've performed with Madonna, Pharrell Williams, Ariana Grande, and more!

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Auditions for the Fall semester will be held at the Mama Foundation (149 W. 126th St., Between Lenox & 7th Ave.) on




Friday, September 22nd, from 5:30 to 7:30pm


Saturday, September 23rd, from 11:00am to 1:00pm



To audition, follow the link below. Please prepare a Gospel song of your choice and attend one of the two open calls listed above.  Our Fall semester begins Saturday, September 30th!  For more information, email gospelforteens@mamafoundation.org!