Swiss Days – Midway Utah – 2019

ONE VOICE CHILDREN’S CHOIR

From their storybook Olympic beginning to their present day success, the One Voice Children’s Choir has been able to cover the earth with their music.  From the Beaches of Normandy to the orphanages of Indonesia, their music has been a siren call to the world to remember the power of music and its ability to lift and inspire the human race.  

Under the leadership of their beloved director and friend, Masa Fukuda, 155 children travel from as far as two hours each way every week to sing as one voice.  A typical calendar year will include over 60 local, national and international performances.  

They are the recipients of the John Lennon International Music Award; they progressed to the quarter final round on America’s Got Talent; and they received Utah’s Best of State Award for five consecutive years.  They are one of the few groups in the state to have been recognized twice with the BOSS  Award, an overall crowning achievement given to only one group in the Arts and Entertainment category each year.  

In early 2014 One Voice Children’s Choir was featured with Alex Boyé in a music video cover of “Let It Go” from the Disney movie Frozen. The video went viral with over 60 million YouTube views and was named YouTube’s Top Cover of 2014. Later that year the choir competed on America’s Got Talent and was selected as one of the Top 48 acts in the country. In August 2014 over 100 choir children traveled to New York City and performed in the live quarter-final round of AGT at Radio City Music Hall. One Voice Children’s Choir continues to produce frequent music videos and performs more than 40 times a year with an aim of sharing their talents joyfully with people around the world.

In 2015, One Voice Children’s Choir was chosen to perform for President and Mrs. Obama at the White House.  

In 2017, the choir was invited by the United States Department of Defense to participate in the commemoration of D-Day.  They performed a version of “When You Believe’” on the shores of Normandy and dedicated the performance to the soldiers who fought during World War II’s D-Day invasion and the millions of Jewish victims of the Holocaust.  

They have collaborated with well know Grammy and Tony Award winning artists. They have performed live for representative from over 125 nations. Their youtube channel, with now over 2.1 million subscribers, allows them to spread their music and their hope to the whole world.  

The Choir has had requests for performance in China, Brazil, London, Norway, Japan and even Dubai!

One Voice Children’s Choir is unique in many ways, but one distinguishing privilege they have is that every arrangement they perform is custom crafted for them by their founder and leader, Masa.  His music, combined with the voices of these incredible children, will continue to fill the earth as they seek to carry out their mission – that “Through music, they will inspire, enrich, uplift and serve their global community, while building youth as One Voice”.  

One Voice Children’s Choir is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. Its Vision Statement reads: Through music, we inspire, enrich, uplift, and serve our global community, while building youth as One Voice.

 

What’s so special and unique about the One Voice Children’s Choir?

  • They are a big “musical family,” and children and parents treat each other as such.  Children build and support one another instead of being competitive.
  • Everything they sing is original material, or original arrangements of traditional material.
  • Their songs are “value oriented,” through which children share positive, uplifting, and inspirational messages.
  • They do not separate into different groups – They have a 5-year-old and a 18-year-old in the same room. That’s the beauty of this choir; children of all ages coming together as one and creating a unique sound.
  • They are non-profit with the Board members who give of their time and effort, as well as many wonderful choir parents, each doing a little (instead of one individual doing everything) in order to sustain the choir.
  • They are closely connected to various local and national recording artists with whom they collaborate on stage.
  • Children are trained in recording studios. Many of these children are hired to do professional work in the music industry.
  • While learning to work as a team, children also have opportunities to shine as soloists. The majority of their current students can just step forward, grab the mic, and entertain their audience.

 

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:

Masa Fukuda is an international award-winning composer, arranger, and producer.  Born and raised in Japan, his early education with Yamaha’s top music program “Junior Original Concert” (JOC) gave him college-level training in music theory, dictation, keyboard harmony, improvisation, and orchestration.  He achieved a Level-6 certification at age of 10 and ended in 3rd Place in the national songwriting competition sponsored by Asahi Newspaper.  He came to the United States at the age 16 to study abroad, to explore diverse music, and to pursue his musical career.  He attended Brigham Young University with a scholarship and graduated in 2002 with BA in Media Music Composition with Golden Key International Honor Society Certification.  His music was used during the 2002 Winter Olympics Games and was featured on the gold-faced commemorative CD for the Olympics “Light Up the Land.”  By giving over 1,600 elementary school chorus children an opportunity to record in professional studios and educating them about the recording industry, Fukuda won his reputation as a “champion of children.”  In 2003, he was awarded with the rare John Lennon “Dream Power” Music Award presented by Yoko Ono and George Martin for his original music “Innocence of Youth” (lyrics by Jeannine Lasky.)   As an arranger and producer, Fukuda has worked for David Archuleta of the American Idol (Season 7), Justin Williams (Season 8), Jarrett Burns of the group ANSER (X-Factor, 2011), and Alejandro Melecio (Latino Idol, 2012.)  His most recent achievements are seen on YouTube for Alex Boye: the viral video “Let It Go” (a FROZEN cover) with over 40 million views, “Happy,” (Pharrell Williams cover) and “Wayfaring Stranger,” featuring a Grammy nominee Jenny Oaks Baker.  Despite all his success as an arranger and producer, Fukuda thrives on cultivating talents. He gives countless hours of his time teaching and helping choir children achieve their goals and dreams.  It is his ultimate passion, and it shows.