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Dear Supporters and Members of the Newark Boys Chorus School Community,

I express my gratitude to the faculty and administrators for their unwavering dedication to the students of the Newark Boys Chorus School. Your commitment has been truly commendable.

Unfortunately, despite concerted efforts, both mine and those of the Development Subcommittee of the Board, we were unable to secure the $500,000.00 necessary to sustain NBCS for the upcoming 2023/24 academic year.

As a result, the Board made the difficult decision on Tuesday,

October 3, 2023, to temporarily suspend the school's operations starting on October 31, 2023. This news has been disheartening for the faculty and staff, but especially so for the students who were benefiting from an exceptional education and had formed meaningful connections with the staff. Unfortunately, the financial challenges we face have left us with no viable alternatives at this time.

Despite this setback, considering the illustrious legacy of the

Newark Boys Chorus School—a venerable institution that has been dedicated to providing tuition-free education to young men in grades 3 through 8 since 1969, and whose students have showcased their talents at Carnegie Hall, the White House, and the Vatican—we are committed to actively working towards reopening the school in the near future.

In conclusion, I extend my sincere appreciation to all of you who have supported us throughout the years. We anticipate the day when we can welcome you back when we reopen.

Wishing you all the best, 

Ansley W. LaMar, PhD

Head of School

Newark Boys Chorus School

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