Thirteenth Rehearsal Preview

November 28th, 2016

From Dr. Whitmire: Dear Singers-

Thanks for a great rehearsal last night. I could have listened to your singing and the beautiful playing by the orchestra all night.

And thanks to all who were able to join me for an early birthday celebration at Clyde’s. Great fun!

I know you will work hard for Jon and Chris tomorrow night and will get our Three Carols in fine shape for the Holiday concert.

Please sell your 5 tickets to our Poulenc Gloria concerts. It will be a great concert that your friends and family will enjoy. And 50% off is a great deal! Return cash or checks made to WMPA to your Section Leader.

Please carefully note our Upcoming Schedule

This Saturday, December 3, Full Rehearsal, 11:00 am, AT130

Sunday, December 4, 2016, 3:00 pm Concert, 2:00 pm Call
Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St NW, Washington, DC 20005

Tuesday, December 6, 2016; 7:30 pm Concert, 6:30 pm Call
Schlesinger Center

Sunday, December 11, Concert 3:00 pm, 2:00 pm Call
GW Masonic Memorial 101 Callahan Dr, Alexandria, VA 22301

I have been proud of the NOVA Community Chorus many, many times over the years. But never more proud than last Tuesday when you responded to a fellow singer in need. Your contributions to Jovan Howard totaled $1400.00. I believe that this help will get Jovan back on track to graduate in May. She hopes to become a Spanish teacher. She will make us all proud.

I have just learned that we have another former NOVA chorister in serious need. You may remember Dorothea Kamara, who sang with us for three years. Like Jovan, Dorothea has struggled through very difficult circumstances. When she was here she lived with her parents and four siblings in a very small 2-bedroom apartment. They constantly struggled with hunger and eviction. In spite of it all, she was admitted to The College of William and Mary. After two years she had to take medical leave due to undiagnosed illness. Recently thyroid ultrasound revealed a nodule that turned out to be cancerous. Last Tuesday she had it removed it appears to be a success! The next steps are a follow-up appointment with the surgeon, an appointment with an endocrinologist, and thyroid hormone medication for the rest of her life. While much of her treatment is covered by insurance, there are many expenses that are not. Here is a link to a Gofundme account that her friends have set up. Help if you can.

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