Holy Family Institute will host a live choir concert in its chapel, produced and performed by VoiceGivers Choir, an organization founded in 2019 that aims to raise awareness of social issues in the Pittsburgh region through music.

Artistic Director Joe Stuligross chose music that reflects upon the needs and experiences of children who have been separated from their families.  The choir employs singers who also perform with other prominent local singing groups.

VoiceGivers Managing Director Deb Sadowski, a former Holy Family Institute staff member and long-time resident of nearby Ben Avon, co-founded the choir with the goal to inspire attendees to understand the social issue being addressed and find inspiration to be part of the solution.

The program will include music specifically written by and about children who have been separated from their families, including “Dancing in Buses” describing a harrowing journey by unaccompanied minors traveling from El Salvador to the United States, and “Away and in Danger” describing the fears and realities of childhood separation and the importance of community support in bringing reconciliation.  The composers of these two pieces, Melissa Dunphy and Shawn Kirchner, are donating their scores for these performances.

“We are proud to host VoiceGivers as it puts on its first-ever season,” says Holy Family Institute’s CEO, Sister Linda Yankoski.  “Holy Family Institute’s mission is to restore hope and transform lives in our community and we believe that the arts have an important place in that healing process.”

Admission is free: suggested donation $20 at the door.

For more information about Voicegivers please visit us at:  www.voicegiverschoir.org


Sacred Heart Church

154 Orchard Ave., Emsworth, PA

Lower Parking Lot (Adjacent to Ohio River Blvd.).

Please park between 6:30 and 6:45 pm; Vans will shuttle guests to the chapel.

Neighborhood street parking is also available.

A full Catholic mass will precede the concert at 5:30 p.m. in the chapel, free for any members of the community who would like to attend.


  • Occurred Saturday, February 29th, 2020 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm


Holy Family Institute Chapel

8235 Ohio River Blvd.
Emsworth, PA 15202