ABOVE PHOTOS: Dr. Theodore Jones, DeVonne Gardner and Theodore Thomas Jr.
Young people—first they are taught the notes of a keyboard: a, b, c, d, e, f, g, then they learn the sharp and flat keys. Over time, misplayed notes bloom into a magnificent chorus played on resonator bells, hand bells, recorders, or sung by our young people at Second Baptist Church of Germantown. Yes—a dedicated entourage of gifted women and men at SBCG lead our youth of Northwest Philadelphia into learning more than music to support personal growth and development.
An amazing orchestra of talented educators and professionals guide our youth to excel in life and to accomplish superior levels of achievement. An example of the quality demonstrated by this American Baptist, USA church is its 10th annual scholarship concert that will take place on Sunday, April 18, 2010 at 3 PM. It’s an event that raises funds to send our youth to colleges, universities, and other institutions of higher learning.
The artists headlining an afternoon of fine music are trained in classical performances by the best. Native Philadelphian, Dr. Theodore Jones attended Settlement Music School of Philadelphia and Morehouse College. Ms. DeVonne Gardner worked many years with Duke Ellington and his band. Accomplished organist and music director Theodore Thomas, Jr. completes the trio of excellence. All three performers are top artisans trained in classical works by Bach, Handel, Mendelssohn, Mozart, and others.
This event is sure to be filled with classical, gospel, and spiritual songs. Seeing and hearing these three at work represent the degree of talent devoted to serving the youth of our community. SBCG invites the public to join us as we present an extraordinary gift of time and talent to lead our youth to higher heights.
In eleven years, the SBCG Scholarship Committee has contributed $47,500 in scholarship money to twenty-one high school students. In a given year, we have helped at many as four students enroll in higher education. Our graduates attend schools in the Philadelphia area and beyond. Some have worked and/or studied in the pharmaceutical, political, psychiatric, realty, and theatrical fields.