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
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.