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The City Choir of Washington, led by Grammy winner Robert Shafer, is presenting its second season of great choral masterpieces. The chorus was launched in 2007-2008 to great excitement and critical acclaim by a group of singers who wanted to continue building the legacy of excellence that Mr Shafer's name represents in choral music, both on the local and national stage. This year's season represents the Maestro's 40th in the greater Washington area.

This chorus represents an extraordinary level of personal commitment by individual singers and supporters, who have donated countless hours of their time and talents, as well as remarkable generosity in actual dollars. It has been an honor for my wife Susan to be a founding member, and to be part of the artistic vision it represents.

Music is essential now as much as ever. In times of stress and worry, finding ways to rise above and reach for beauty are even more important to community and well being. This newly formed chorus is bursting with ideas to foster interest and involvement in choral music. An outreach chorus is being formed to present programs at schools, nursing homes, and other locations where live music is a cherished treat. In addition, this chorus provides opportunities to children's and young adult's choirs to perform in a professional setting.

We all realize that these are tough times to raise money for any worthy cause. Arts organizations are particularly vulnerable because rarely do ticket sales actually cover production costs. NEW arts organizations are especially in need of individual donors, as most grant donations go only to organizations which have a track record, and staying power of several years.

"She sings, he runs" For the first time, because Susan and I wish to support The City Choir of Washington together, we are combining our "slogan" as a joint request for your support. I have entered the Walt Disney World "Goofy" Marathon weekend, in which I will run a half-marathon (13.1 miles) on Saturday, January 9, 2010, and a full marathon (26.2 miles) the next day, January 10, 2010. Susan has committed to making "Soldier Quilts" to be given to wounded soldiers. For every $500 donated through "Champion the City Choir of Washington," Susan will make a quilt for our wounded soldiers. If you would like to sponsor a quilt in your name, make a $200 donation and e-mail me a note to let Susan and I know that you are sponsoring a quilt.

Please Champion the City Choir of Washington by sending a check made out to "The City Choir of Washington" to:
Champion the City Choir of Washington
C/O Stephen Schreurs
Post Office Box 745
Olney, MD 20832

The City Choir of Washington's first season was a stunning success. Their second season is shaping up to be at least as exciting , with a performance of Handel's seldom presented oratorio, "Israel in Egypt", 2 Christmas concerts, and a spring performance of Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass, Durufle's Requiem, and a new piece by Mr Shafer, Lux Aeterna. Please be a champion for us.

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Goal = $2,000

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