2021 NBCS Annual Appeal
Dear Friends, Parents, and Alumni,
As I write to you this morning, our Concert Chorus is preparing for its first ‘live’ concerts in nearly two years! Although our performance season is shorter than in past years, we are thrilled to be singing on stage again. Our students have been in school since September with no interruptions to instruction or rehearsals. The Concert Chorus sounds great and the students and staff are overjoyed with our return to in-person school. It’s been a great start!
Newark Boys Chorus School is a place like none other. As the only urban-based, independent boys chorus school in America, we continue to provide powerful experiences through which our young men grow in knowledge, musicianship, and character. Our school stands firm upon its mission to develop civic responsibility, and to inspire a love for learning, a quest for excellence, and compassion for humanity. And. Our student attend tuition-free!
The past two years have been a time of enormous growth for NBCS. We have gained new corporate partners, expanded the size and expertise of our Board of Trustees, received new grant funding for innovative programming, and have secured a new home for the school in the historic State Street School. We are looking forward to the move to State Street and are planning for new equipment needs. A grant from the NJ Historical Commission has helped us develop new programming for our academic and music classes, and our partnership with Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield has yielded a mentoring program for our students.
These are, however, uncertain times. The pandemic remains of great concern while people throughout our community strive to gain normalcy in everyday living. NBCS has been fortunate to receive COVID funding relief but this assistance will not last. And our programs continue to be altered due to pandemic restrictions and safety protocols.
Newark Boys Chorus School still has much to accomplish in this city and throughout the world. As ambassadors, we are helping communities learn of our outstanding work here in Newark. As artists, we are pushing boundaries of urban culture and awareness. As educators, we are teaching the world about beautiful music, and as responsible citizens, our young men are making this community stronger through their presence. NBCS is a beacon of light for equity and social change. Our students are the future decision-makers in this community, and together we support their growth and influence.
I write to you today asking for your help. Please take this occasion to focus your charitable giving to the Newark Boys Chorus School. Every dollar matters and every donation leads to new opportunities for our students to thrive. Gifts can be mailed directly to the school or made online through our website. I am available to answer questions and I encourage each of you to spread the word about NBCS and our needs.
Thank you in advance for your support and please accept our best wishes for good health and peace from the entire NBCS family!
Paul Chapin, Head of School