On July 13, 2022, The United Nations High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development opened the UN General Assembly Hall with its first-ever youth musical performance—The Sing for Hope HandaHarmony Chorus performing “Dream Big, Speak Loud,” Sing for Hope’s iconic anthem. With the walls of the UN General Assembly Hall resonating in harmony, the students channeled multiple musical genres and delivered a powerful call to our world leaders to “dream big and speak loud” for our shared global future.
The Sing for Hope HandaHarmony Chorus performance marked the first time that a youth arts performance has been part of an actual HLPF convening of global leaders in the UN General Assembly Hall. The historic performance featured 60 New York City youth, aged 8 to 18, who were chosen from SFH’s partner schools across New York, including PS 191, LaGuardia High School, and Amani Public Charter School, home to the Sing for Hope Lab. They conducted by renowned choral educator, LaGuardia Chorus Director and Sing for Hope HandaHarmony Chorus Director Darryl Jordan, with support provided by esteemed arts educators Sharon Daley Johnson and Casey Reed, all led and coordinated by Sing for Hope Education Director Sharyn Pirtle.