College-bound singer leaves her hometown
on September 12, 2011
For the past three years, eighteen-year-old Vanessa Bejarano has sung in a choir that performs during ten o’clock mass at Saint Cornelius Parish. The group, mostly young women from the ages of 12 to 18, practices from seven to eight on Fridays in the parish rectory. Most of the songs are sung in Spanish with short solos, accompanied by drums, guitars and piano. The choir is more then a faith-based social gathering. It is a nurturing support system for young Hispanic women, like Vanessa, in the Richmond community.
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