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Choir students get to sing for, and with, Metropolitan Opera singer


Over 100 students from a dozen GRPS schools recently had the opportunity to hear from – and sing with – Metropolitan Opera singer Ryan “Speedo” Green, during Green’s appearance at DeVos Performance Hall.

Opera singer Ryan ‘Speedo’ Green listens to GRPS choir students sing

Thanks to donations from Lake Michigan Credit Union and DeVos Hall, the choir students had dinner and heard Green share his story of overcoming formidable odds, in conversation with Daniel Bergner, author of the bestselling biography “Sing for Your Life: A Story of Race, Music and Family.”

As students were rehearsing, Green came in the room to hear them, then joined them in singing. The impromptu visit, along with Green’s performance in DeVos Hall, was powerful for students, said Maggie Malone, director of fine arts for GRPS: “His story is compelling and gave hope and inspiration to the young people in audience.”

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Charles Honey is editor-in-chief of SNN, and covers series and issues stories for all districts. As a reporter for The Grand Rapids Press/mLive from 1985 to 2009, his beats included Grand Rapids Public Schools, local colleges and education issues. Honey served as editor of The Press’ award-winning Religion section for 15 years and its columnist for 20. His freelance articles have appeared in Christianity Today, Religion News Service and Faith & Leadership magazine. Read Charles' full bio

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