Kianna Kelly-Futch

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


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Hello Everyone! 

My name is Kianna Kelly-Futch and I’m a member of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts Show Choir. This summer from June 24, 2020 to July 7, 2020, the DESA Show Choir is heading to South Africa! Exciting right? BUT, in order for me to attend this trip, I need to raise $4500. I need your help! Please help me reach my goal. NO AMOUNT IS TOO SMALL! 

Help make this senior year something that I’ll never forget. 

Thank you in advance! 

Kianna Kelly-Futch 

Vocal Music - (Class of 2020) 


The highly acclaimed and national award-winning Duke Ellington School of the Arts Show Choir has thrilled audiences throughout the United States, Germany, London, France, Japan and extensively in the Caribbean.  Organized in 1986 under the direction of Samuel L.E. Bonds and currently directed by Dr. Monique Spells, these student artists travel from neighborhoods spanning the entire Washington Metropolitan area to attend Washington’s premier arts-centered high school. 

They have performed at the White House for Presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush and in inaugural events for former District of Columbia Mayor Adrian Fenty and President Barack Obama. The Show Choir has shared the stage with Earth Wind and Fire, Clay Aiken, Patti LaBelle, Jasmine Guy, Patti Austin, Boyz II Men, and Denyce Graves. The Choir has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and sang The Star Spangled Banner for the opening of the Washington Nationals first baseball game.

The ensemble’s incredible creativity and artistry so effectively combine singing, acting and dance that any performance space is virtually transformed into a Broadway stage. With an incessant devotion to providing a thrilling, high powered performance to audiences around the world, under the direction of Dr. Monique Spells, the members of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts Show Choir, much like the great Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington, are true ambassadors for the nation and the Ellington School.

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