HIGGINSEN: Well, you know, some may know, and some may not. But what I think they realize once they get here is that they feel something different. And they're drawn to come back. And that's what I love. Because they're sitting on the edge of their seats ready to receive the music as it comes from the music masters.
I often say that the music that was born out of the American experience was the first right that African-Americans had in this country. And that music then allowed us to communicate with each other. When there were -- when we could not do other things like learn to read, or be educated, or travel, or have religion. The music was allowed, and that music then became the tool of communication.
AMANPOUR: Tell me a little of -- tell me a little about the -- the kids who come here. Some of them I know come from troubled backgrounds. Some of them have endured all sorts of hardships whether physical or emotional. What -- what are -- who are they, these children who come here? What are you trying to give them?
HIGGINSEN: Well, they're some 13 to 19 years old. And I especially wanted teens to come to this program, because I think that's the troubled time. And we'd like them to know who they are and where they come from musically, and tell a story of a people in song.
I say, you know, I know you have baggage. I know there are things that are wrong. I know that, you know, you will take a blow and you'll be disappointed, cause that's just part of life. And there may be some suffering, but I want to get to that side of you where you can live for just a few moments to understand that this time is for you. This is the time to explore and discover you, and what's inside of you musically, that you will discover something that you didn't know before about yourself and about music. And that's the power of the music to touch and to heal, and to forgive, and forget.
AMANPOUR: Let me ask you about community. Those -- the kids when they leave here, or throughout their time with you. Is it -- they obviously form a bond in here. They form a bond with each other, with you, with the music. Does it translate do you think to the community afterwards? In other words, does it enrich the community after the lessons?
HIGGINSEN: You know, I believe it enriches the community after the children sing. I think that these young people have -- these young people have made a choice. They could be somewhere else on a Saturday morning. They could be doing something else, and maybe something else not as positive as what they're doing here. I believe that we have an effect on the community as we go around, and we sing inside of the community.
AMANPOUR: Vy, what do you get out of this personally?
HIGGINSEN: You know, there's not a Saturday morning that I get up that I don't want to be here with these kids. It is if -- if the music is feeding them, they're feeding me. I feel encouraged. I feel nurtured. I feel guided. I feel a sense of hope and possibility while they're singing this music, that they will make good choices, and they will become future leaders in America.
AMANPOUR: Vy and her choir make more of that beautiful music when we return.
AMANPOUR: We thought we'd leave you this Easter Sunday with the inspiring sounds of Vy Higginsen's Gospel for Teens choir. Thank you for joining us here at historic Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims...you can follow us online at ABCNews dotcom, and be sure to join World News with David Muir later today....for all of here at ABC News...Happy Easter!