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Washington Post Story Cites DePauw

Washington Post Story Cites DePauw

June 12, 2004

June 12, 2004, Greencastle, Ind. - The Eastern High School Choir is "one of the D.C. public school system's most renowned cultural institutions," notes the Washington Post in a story that mentions DePauw University. Tyler Currie notes that the choir "has come to perform for every president since Ronald Reagan, to make frequent appearances at the Kennedy Center and on national television, to back up Aretha Franklin, Christina Aguilera and Stevie Wonder, and ... bring in hundreds of thousands of dollars for college scholarships along the way."

The article, which will appear in the Sunday edition, points out that "at the end of every year, the choir's performance revenue is split among the college-bound seniors ... By the mid-'90s, most of the choir's singers were heading for universities: George Washington, DePauw, Hampton."

But today, Currie explains, the choir is facing challenges. As Eastern's enrollment has declined, the size of the choir has dwindled. "We're wondering if we should make this a citywide program, that anyone from the city can come and sing in the choir, get our benefits and the scholarships," says Joyce Garrett, the retired director of the choir who now sits on the board that oversees the Eastern Choral Society. "We are at a turning point. We have to do something different."

The complete story can be accessed at the Post's Web site by clicking here.