Patriotic youth choir to showcase talents

 The Amerikids will perform free concert on Saturday

The Amerikids will perform a free, public concert at Stetson Middle School on Saturday.

The Amerikids, whose credits include singing for the Phillies, will perform a free, public concert at Stetson Middle School on Saturday.

If you’re in the mood for a burst of youthful patriotism, the Amerikids will likely offer a welcome opportunity.

The patriotic show choir is performing its 27th Celebration Concert on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Stetson Middle School. Under the direction of Nicole O’Rourke, a former music teacher in the West Chester school district, the Amerikids is a group of more than 20 middle-school students from 14 different schools in Chester County.

The students learn a show during a one-week summer camp and take it on the road to nursing homes and veterans centers during the school year. In addition, the group participates in numerous service projects, such as the Special Olympics, Valentines for Veterans, Toys for Tots, and the Chester County Food Bank’s gleaning program.

Once a year, the group performs a free, public concert with the West Chester Community Band that also includes a Celebration Chorus of fifth-grade students selected by area elementary music teachers. This year, more than 70 fifth-graders will be featured. The concert will be preceded by a silent auction that begins at 1 p.m.

The Amerikids has performed at community events, nationalization ceremonies and service clubs, and has even sung the national anthem for the Phillies. The group is currently looking for new members. Students attend camp in August, and  the Amerikids season runs from September through May. For more information on the program, visit


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