Send Petra to South Africa with Show Choir!

by Petra Munter


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Hi there, my name is Petra and I am a freshman at Duke Ellington School of the Arts in the vocal department. I’ve loved my experiences at Duke so far! It brings all kids who are passionate about the arts, like me together. The performing arts have been my passion since I was little, and to be going to a school where I can do that is incredible. I recently joined show choir. We sing, dance, and act. I’m very excited about joining. It is everything I love all in one choir. We even plan to go on a South African tour!  However, the tour is expensive and we need your help raising money. Unfortunately, DCPS doesn’t fund the arts programs at school. You’re donation will really help me and my choir do what we’ve been practicing for. Thank you so much for whatever you can give. Every little penny counts!


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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