On Sunday, February 7, 2016 at 2:00–4:00 pm at the St. Mary’s Parish Hall, the Halalisa Singers and Mssng Lnks’ artists-in-training will perform a concert, “Celebrating Black History Month in Joyful Voice!” Samuel Martinborough, founder and artistic director of Mssng Lnks, will give a talk on his organization’s mission to embrace, nurture and unleash the power found within the voices of urban youth of color.

Presented jointly by the St. Mary’s Church Peace and Justice Committee and the Network, the concert is free and open to all.

The Halalisa Singers is a celebrated world music vocal ensemble of Greater Boston, dedicated to the performance of music across all cultures and nationalities. Halalisa is a Zulu word for “celebration,” and in that spirit, the Halalisa repertoire includes African, Latin, American Spiritual, Gospel, Jewish, Folk, and Jazz music. Artistic Director Mary Cunningham is well known in the Boston area as an active choral conductor, vocalist, and flute soloist. She is the Choir Director at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Reading, and is on the faculty of the Powers Music School in Belmont.

Mssng Lnks is a performing arts group working specifically with vocalists. It addresses the underrepresentation of singers-of-color in musical theater and classical vocal music. Mssng Lnks’ three-pronged approach provides high-quality music education and performance opportunities to youth considering careers in Vocal Performance, facilitates a multi-directional inter-gration process between students, music organizations and local communities, and honors cultural inheritance by advocating for the promotion and performance of vocal music by composers-of-color. Samuel Martinborough directs the Community Music Center Youth Chorus and Una Voce. Through Mssng Lnks, he teaches at the Amigos and Boston Collegiate Charter Schools. He also serves as the Choir director at the Congregational Church in Weston MA, and as Repertoire and Standards Chairperson for the Massachusetts chapter of the American Choral Director’s Association.