Having been singing and performing for over 20 years, Merryn loves to sing as well as encouraging and inspiring others to find their voice.
In 2012 and 2013, Merryn volunteered at Camp AmeriKids in Warwick, New York teaching singing and songwriting to children affected by HIV and Sickle Cell Anaemia during their summer camp. Working with the children at Camp AmeriKids has been life changing and something that Merryn would like to continue with in the future.
"In 2012 and 2013 we were very fortunate to have Merryn Addison-Moore join our program as singing/music instructor. Merryn is a wonderfully talented artist who consistently brings out the best in those around her. In her daily workshops, she put our campers at ease, encouraging them, nurturing their strengths and giving them the perfect balance of technique and encouragement. It was magical to watch children otherwise shy and quiet, transform into confident, brave performers under Merryn’s kind and patient supervision.
One of the most powerful moments at camp took place because of this gift Merryn possesses. One new camper, whose family lives with the daily challenges of sickle cell disease, signed up to work on his singing skills with Merryn while at camp. The child, Tony*, was working toward a performance of “Someone Like You”, by Adele. The song is not an easy one to tackle, but Merryn coached Tony throughout the week, helping him master the words and melody and develop his own style. On the last night of camp, Tony decided he would perform the song for the entire camp in the dining hall during our dinner meal. Our campers and volunteers did not know what to expect, and were amazed by what happened. Tony’s performance was beyond extraordinary. His voice, a bit shaky at first, found courage and volume as he filled the room with a rendition that brought everyone to their feet. The once nervous child had found the perfect teacher to guide him through exploring his true talent.
Through her energy, kindness, spirit and dedication, Merryn Addison-Moore has had a tremendous impact on the children of Camp AmeriKids. She is a very rare individual and we hope to have her rejoin our community in future summers."
Executive Director, Camp AmeriKids
*Name has been changed