Nia's Back to Africa Travel Campaign

by Nia Alsop

Supporting: Duke Ellington School of the Arts Show Choir for Duke Ellington School of the Arts Project



My full name is Nia Elaine Marie Alsop and I was born in Baltimore, MD, on March 2, 2004, but we moved to Washington, DC in 2005. I have been singing and performing as long as I can remember, but my parents recognized my abilities at my 6th birthday when I sang back my reply to the song, “How old are you?” With the perfectly pitched, “ I’m siiiiixxx years old.” Subsequently, I spent 5 summers at the Theatre Lab studying drama and musical theatre. When I was 10, I earned my first paycheck singing the National Anthem, at the Associated Builders and Contractors Conference. In Theatre Lab’s musical theatre workshop for pre-teens, I really enjoyed playing Golde in “Fiddler on the Roof” and Jack’s mother in “Into the Woods.” At Stuart Hobson Middle School, I performed as the Witch in their production of “ Into The Woods” and as Mrs. Gloop in “ Willy Wonka.” For several months, I had the honor of receiving vocal training from the late Denyse Pearson, who was a local jazz vocalist. While I was in the 5th grade, I studied with the Children’s Chorus of Washington. Last fall, I accomplished the long-held goal of being accepted into Duke Ellington School of the Arts. I was accepted into both the Drama and Vocal departments, but during the auditions, I realized that singing was my calling and so proudly joined the Vocal department. During my Freshman year, I earned a highly coveted spot in the Show Choir. With this group, I performed throughout Washington, DC and traveled to New York City to compete in the FAME Show Choir competition, where we took second place. Last year, I played, "Nancy Wilson" in our winter concert and sang, "What are you doing New Year's Eve? I don't know which part I will get this year, but I know it will be good! I am looking forward to continued growth in all areas of vocal and theatrical performance and have even started writing my own songs. I really hope we are able to travel to South Africa, because it would be great to collaborate with young musicians on the African continent, where it all began. Thank you for taking the time to read my story.


We are incredibly excited to embark on this cultural and musical exchange in Pretoria, Soweto, Johannesburg and Capetown in June 2020! Our wonderful travelers are below and welcome your support! Like our Ellington mission statement, we desire to provide an artistic education to students who otherwise would not have the opportunity. Please consider giving a tax deductible donation or sponsoring a student!

Our production of Amahl and the Night Visitors and A Motown Christmas will run Dec 13 &14 @ 7:30pm and Dec 15 @4:00pm at the Ellington Theatre. 3500 R St NW Washington, DC 20007
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