Showcasing the American tradition of “a capella” for German youth audiences

On June 11, The Radcliffe Pitches, a 12-woman a Capella singing group from Harvard University, performed American music at the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange end of year event at the US Embassy in front of 400 guests. They sang several songs including the national anthem. Their presentation visibly won the audience including several German members of Parliament and the Ambassador who responded with loud cheers and rounds of applause. Photos:

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On June 12, the U.S. Embassy organized two youth events for The Radcliffe Pitches.  In the morning, they opened the Run4Peace the largest charity run by Berlin youth. This year, 2015, marked the 10th anniversary of the run. Nearly 3,800 students from 37 schools in Berlin participated.

In the afternoon, the Radcliffe Pitches were involved in a musical workshop at the Evangelische Schule Berlin Zentrum,   organized by a music and English language teacher who is also a Department of State program alumnus.  The workshop included a joint rehearsal of the Radcliffe Pitches with the school choir and a discussion with members of school choir about studying in the US.  The Radcliffe Pitches were able to get a true insight to the life in Germany because the school arranged home stays for eight of the 12 members of the Radcliffe Pitches.