Song by Soundscapes Chosen for Carnegie Hall Concert

A song composed by students at Soundscapes, a nonprofit based in Newport News, will be featured in Carnegie Hall’s “In Response” Concert on Wednesday, April 28. The song, “See My Friends Again,” reflects the students’ complex emotions about the layered crises our country has faced over the past year. The piece is one of just 20 original compositions selected for inclusion in the concert out of more than 80 submissions from musicians nationwide.
“See My Friends Again” was created by Soundscapes student musicians in grades 4-12 through a process of group composition led by their instructors and Joe Hamm, Soundscapes’ program and media manager. It began in the fall as a way of processing opinions. The song includes lyrics that address difficult topics, like isolation and depression, police brutality, and the fear of COVID-19, but ultimately ends with a hopeful message: “Let the love shine in; I will see my friends again, see my friends again.”
Presented as part of Carnegie Hall’s Voices of Hope festival, the “In Response” concert features songwriters and composers of all ages as they reflect on the life-affirming power of music during times of crisis. The concert will premiere on April 28 at 7 p.m. at Soundscapes provides music instruction and performance opportunities to students in first grade up to age 24 through daily after-school programs, weekend and summer programs, and the Peninsula Youth Orchestra. The organization’s purpose is to empower students to be today’s successful students and tomorrow’s engaged citizens. Learn more at