Michelle DeYoung, a three-time Grammy-winning international opera and classical singer and Broomfield resident, is preparing for the second Ensemble Charité event in September.
In 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, DeYoung taught music lessons via Zoom and took conducting lessons after most of her events and performances were canceled.
“I was getting call after call from my agent telling me that things were getting canceled,” DeYoung said. “As a self-employed opera singer that was a bit daunting.”
She began working with players from the Colorado Symphony and other orchestras in the area to practice her conducting skills, which led to creating Ensemble Charité, which would provide her with a chance to polish her conducting skills as well as benefit local charities.
“My father is a minister, so part of me has always wanted to do something more to help people,” DeYoung said. “That’s where the idea for the charity event came from.”
DeYoung held the first concert for Ensemble Charité in March, where she raised $3,800 for Bal Swan Children’s Center through ticket sales.
DeYoung fundraises to pay for the venue and players, so that all the ticket proceeds can go to the chosen charity or nonprofit.
The second concert, set for Sept. 20 at the Broomfield Auditorium at 7 p.m., will benefit Broomfield FISH.
“Broomfield FISH is extremely grateful to Ensemble Charité and Michelle DeYoung for hosting this concert and honored to be chosen as the benefiting organization,” Communications and Media Manager at FISH Maggie Sava said. “We are very much looking forward to an evening of wonderful music in support of our neighbors in need. It is such a great opportunity to bring the community together to engage with the arts while helping to feed families and fuel hope.”
The September concert will feature opera singer Paul Groves and many local musicians. De Young said along with the professional players, she includes players looking to break into the professional scene to help them gain experience. The orchestra will be performing Arnold Schoenberg’s chamber version of Gustav Mahler’s “Das Lied von der Erde.”
DeYoung said that the organization recently was accepted as a nonprofit and now hopes to gain sponsorships to aid in the production of the concerts.
“This is all new to me since I’m used to having an agent book most of my work,” DeYoung laughed. “It’s really exciting to raise money for these organizations. We hope to continue having the concerts twice a year, if possible.”
Tickets for the concert are $35 in-person or $20 to watch virtually.
Tickets are available at ensemblecharite.com/tickets. Donations are being accepted through ensemblecharite.com/donate.Musicians who are interested in participating can reach out via email at firstname.lastname@example.org with their name, phone number and current orchestral position.
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