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Hello everyone! Wishing you safety and warmth during the snow. Looking for something to do? We decided to keep our Winter Virtual Concert online until March 1. (Hopefully winter will be mostly done by then!)

Check it out on the homepage of www.richinmusic.org/.
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Hello everyone! Wishing you safety and warmth during the snow. Looking for something to do? We decided to keep our Winter Virtual Concert online until March 1. (Hopefully winter will be mostly done by then!)

Check it out on the homepage of https://www.richinmusic.org/.

Our last team spotlight of the year is for Ms. Ramatu Kandakai. We are thankful to have worked with Ramatu at a non-profit hackathon through her business school a few years ago, and that she wanted to serve on RICH in Music's Advisory Committee. Thank you, Ramatu, for sharing your skills and knowledge!

Ramatu is a marketing professional with over 8+ years of experience providing strategic communications in B2B and B2C markets. She has worked in numerous industries from consulting, tech, CPG and non- profit, learning how to effortlessly collaborate with cross-functional teams to achieve marketing and sales goals.

With an MBA from Johns Hopkins, she understands the business side of marketing and how to leverage insights to influence change. She has a passion for brand strategy and founded the company Tutu Brand Strategies LLC and is the creative director and face of the Mytutucents brand.

Ramatu is a serial networker, avid learner and community contributor and who mentors and volunteers for organizations such as the Taproot Foundation. She is also a member of the national’s largest leadership honor society (the National Leadership for Success), the National Black MBA Association and more.
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Our last team spotlight of the year is for Ms. Ramatu Kandakai. We are thankful to have worked with Ramatu at a non-profit hackathon through her business school a few years ago, and that she wanted to serve on RICH in Musics Advisory Committee. Thank you, Ramatu, for sharing your skills and knowledge!

Ramatu is a marketing professional with over 8+ years of experience providing strategic communications in B2B and B2C markets. She has worked in numerous industries from consulting, tech, CPG and non- profit, learning how to effortlessly collaborate with cross-functional teams to achieve marketing and sales goals.

With an MBA from Johns Hopkins, she understands the business side of marketing and how to leverage insights to influence change. She has a passion for brand strategy and founded the company Tutu Brand Strategies LLC and is the creative director and face of the Mytutucents brand.

Ramatu is a serial networker, avid learner and community contributor and who mentors and volunteers for organizations such as the Taproot Foundation. She is also a member of the national’s largest leadership honor society (the National Leadership for Success), the National Black MBA Association and more.

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Thanks so much for the spotlight

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We are wishing you good health, and a safe and happy remainder of the holiday season! If you missed the virtual concert through RICH in Music, you can still watch it free online through January 18.

We have received a lot of positive feedback about the concert. People found it to be a moving and meaningful event. You can enjoy singing, other music, dancing, photos of beautiful handmade clay vessels, glimpses into culture around the world, and storytelling. The concert features participants of Asylee Women Enterprise (AWE) and Hope Choir of Nations, hosted by AWE.

To view the whole concert, please go to www.richinmusic.org/. The concert recording is near the top of the home page. Or if you would just to watch the Christmas section of the concert, please click on drive.google.com/file/d/157l1hOEubbG9mQgmsFonhCFSCsVaef8H/view?usp=sharing (16 minutes). (This link may not work if you do not have a Google account, but you may also watch this section on the website above at 1 hour min. 29.)

Happy, safe, and healthy holidays!
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Dear friends, thank you to those of you who joined us for our virtual concert on Saturday! We apologize for the technical delays at the beginning. You can watch the recording of the concert through the end of December, for as many times as you like! Enjoy music, art, dance, and stories of hope and resilience! Click on youtu.be/LvZQAHgKE_g?t=161 to watch. ...

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It's tonight! Join our live broadcast interdisciplinary concert tonight at 7 PM EST! Please register through richinmusic.org. But if you have trouble registering, you can just reach the concert directly on the website homepage. Thanks everyone! ...

Its tonight! Join our live broadcast interdisciplinary concert tonight at 7 PM EST! Please register through https://richinmusic.org. But if you have trouble registering, you can just reach the concert directly on the website homepage. Thanks everyone!

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Beautiful concert, everyone--Congratulations!!! What an amazing blending of song, dance, instrumentals, and visual & ceramic artwork. Thank you all for a very moving event.

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Please join us this Giving Tuesday by sharing your support for RICH in Music! You can make an impactful tax-deductible donation at www.richinmusic.org/services/donate/!

We also hope you will join us for our FREE Winter Virtual Concert this Saturday, December 5 at 7:00 p.m. EST! This will be an unique and inspiring event, filled with music, art, and storytelling reaching across the globe! We have some special guests as well as Hope Choir of Nations, hosted by Asylee Women Enterprise. You can even try out your salsa skills! For more information or to register, go to richinmusic.org.

Asylee Women Enterprise (AWE) has helped us greatly with our upcoming concert and provides much-needed support for asylum seekers. Therefore, we are honored to share with AWE any donations we receive from now through December 15. Thank you!
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Please join us this Giving Tuesday by sharing your support for RICH in Music! You can make an impactful tax-deductible donation at https://www.richinmusic.org/services/donate/!

We also hope you will join us for our FREE Winter Virtual Concert this Saturday, December 5 at 7:00 p.m. EST! This will be an unique and inspiring event, filled with music, art, and storytelling reaching across the globe! We have some special guests as well as Hope Choir of Nations, hosted by Asylee Women Enterprise. You can even try out your salsa skills! For more information or to register, go to https://richinmusic.org. 

Asylee Women Enterprise (AWE) has helped us greatly with our upcoming concert and provides much-needed support for asylum seekers. Therefore, we are honored to share with AWE any donations we receive from now through December 15. Thank you!

For November, we are excited to spotlight the extremely talented Sister Jo-El McLaughlin. We are so thankful for her! She is the co-leader and accompanist for Hope Choir of Nations, hosted by Asylee Women Enterprise. Check out our upcoming concert event on December 5!

Sister Jo-El McLaughlin, OSB, MAMT, received her B.A. in Music Education from Temple University for children grades K-12. She obtained her Masters of Arts in Music Therapy from Immaculata University in Malvern, Pennsylvania. She also taught music therapy there for undergraduate and graduate students for a year.

She belongs to Benedictine Sisters of Baltimore Emmanuel Monastery. She serves the community through the ministry of music. Sister Jo-El volunteers at Asylee Women Enterprise (AWE) where, among other things, she co-leads and is the keyboard accompanist for Hope Choir of Nations, hosted by AWE. She also has co-led music therapy groups at AWE and provided music lessons for asylum seekers. The Benedictine Sisters have been very involved with AWE since its beginning and hosted the first asylum seeker through what eventually became AWE.

Sister Jo-El also offers her musical gifts for liturgy at the Carmelite Monastery, the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur at Villa Julie, and at Emmanuel Monastery. Additionally, she offers piano and voice lessons and voice therapy to a wider public. She is also directing the Mercy Ridge Senior Citizens Chorus.

Sister Jo-El enjoys helping asylum seekers and refugees improve their English and learn more about U.S. culture and history. She also enjoys learning from them about their cultures, languages, and musical backgrounds.
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For November, we are excited to spotlight the extremely talented Sister Jo-El McLaughlin. We are so thankful for her! She is the co-leader and accompanist for Hope Choir of Nations, hosted by Asylee Women Enterprise. Check out our upcoming concert event on December 5!  

Sister Jo-El McLaughlin, OSB, MAMT, received her B.A. in Music Education from Temple University for children grades K-12. She obtained her Masters of Arts in Music Therapy from Immaculata University in Malvern, Pennsylvania. She also taught music therapy there for undergraduate and graduate students for a year.

She belongs to Benedictine Sisters of Baltimore Emmanuel Monastery. She serves the community through the ministry of music. Sister Jo-El volunteers at Asylee Women Enterprise (AWE) where, among other things, she co-leads and is the keyboard accompanist for Hope Choir of Nations, hosted by AWE. She also has co-led music therapy groups at AWE and provided music lessons for asylum seekers. The Benedictine Sisters have been very involved with AWE since its beginning and hosted the first asylum seeker through what eventually became AWE.

Sister Jo-El also offers her musical gifts for liturgy at the Carmelite Monastery, the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur at Villa Julie, and at Emmanuel Monastery. Additionally, she offers piano and voice lessons and voice therapy to a wider public. She is also directing the Mercy Ridge Senior Citizens Chorus.

Sister Jo-El enjoys helping asylum seekers and refugees improve their English and learn more about U.S. culture and history. She also enjoys learning from them about their cultures, languages, and musical backgrounds.Image attachment

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We are so excited to announce the details of our upcoming Winter Virtual Concert! You can register for this free concert at www.eventbrite.com/e/hope-choir-of-nations-winter-virtual-concert-tickets-126858022761. ...

We are so excited to announce the details of our upcoming Winter Virtual Concert! You can register for this free concert at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hope-choir-of-nations-winter-virtual-concert-tickets-126858022761.

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Thank you for sharing! 🙂

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Thank you to all of the U.S. Veterans, past and present, for helping to keep this country safe for everyone. ...

Thank you to all of the U.S. Veterans, past and present, for helping to keep this country safe for everyone.

Wishing you all happy and safe Halloween and Day of the Dead celebrations!

Save the date! We will have an online virtual concert with music and art on December 5 at 7 p.m. Registration coming soon.

Here's a sneak peak from a very talented participant!
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Wishing you all happy and safe Halloween and Day of the Dead celebrations! 

Save the date! We will have an online virtual concert with music and art on December 5 at 7 p.m. Registration coming soon.

Heres a sneak peak from a very talented participant!
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Are you a refugee, asylum seeker or other immigrant? Would you like to sing with others? Join Hope Choir of Nations, hosted by Asylee Women Enterprise. It is a free community choir! 

For more information, please contact Amy Bliss Tenney, MT-BC, at 443-648-5633 or amy@tenneymusictherapist.com