Sean Polk, II ~ South Africa Trip

by Sean Polk

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


Hi, my name is Sean Polk II, and I would love to take a trip with my Show Choir, Voices In Motion, to South Africa next summer. Any donations are appreciated, but before you donate, I think you should know why you should donate to me. I am a driven scholar and artist, and I have a few accomplishments to show for it. Some of my achievements include being on High Honor Roll throughout middle school and high school, along with that I am currently number one in my high school class. This summer I was fortunate enough to participate in the Washington National Opera Summer Institute, where I was able to hone my craft for three weeks with some of the greatest musicians in the country. This opportunity to travel to South Africa would give me so much cultural and musical exposure, which would then, in turn, help me to grow as an artist. I am fortunate enough to attend one of the most prestigious performing arts high schools in the country, Duke Ellington School of the Arts, and I have been blessed with so many opportunities. I have performed on the Millenium Stage at the Kennedy Center, and with my show choir, we have opened for legends such as Babyface and Maxwell. I would not be where I am without the support of my friends and family, and their prayers. I hope that you all can donate, and again any amount helps! Be blessed.


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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