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Thursday, June 17

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CHILDREN OF THE GOSPEL CHOIR MARKS JUNETEENTH WITH PERFORMANCE, PANEL DISCUSSION

“Fostering relationships between each other within our own communities is a step toward worldly equality.”
– 9th-grade Singer

“Racism is treated like a thing of the past and not as a current issue.”
– 7th-grade Singer

“As I reflect on this year, it taught me about peace and understanding the meaning of calm in the midst of a storm.”
– 11th-grade Singer

Last spring, the singers of the Washington Performing Arts Children of the Gospel Choir (COTG) reminded us of the power that every voice carries in their breakout virtual choir performance, “Why Do We Sing?” Now, these same singers are speaking up, sharing the stories of the world around them, and singing their message of unified love, peace, and freedom for humankind.

This week, join the singers of COTG for two special events that spotlight their voices and message:

Children of the Gospel Choir Panel Discussion: Using Our Voices for a Collective Liberation

Using Our Voices for a Collective Liberation
Premiering Thursday, June 17 at 4:30pm ET
A panel discussion on issues of social justice in which members of COTG share how they are seeking to use their voices to share the stories of the world around them

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Washington Performing Arts Children of the Gospel Choir: Freedom in the Midst of Bondage

Freedom in the Midst of Bondage
Premiering this Juneteenth, Saturday, June 19 at 1:00pm ET
A student-driven performance that explores issues of social justice through song, original spoken word, and dance

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Washington Performing Arts: Then & Now

CELEBRATE WASHINGTON PERFORMING ARTS MILESTONES

2020/21 marks a special milestone year for Washington Performing Arts. In addition to launching our first virtual season, our impactful education and gospel music programs are celebrating new chapters—the annual Joseph & Goldie Feder Memorial String Competition turns 50 this year and the Washington Performing Arts Men & Women of the Gospel Choir commemorates its 30th anniversary.

Join Doug Wheeler, President Emeritus, and Jenny Bilfield, President & CEO, for a special event to reflect and celebrate Washington Performing Arts’s five decades of resilience and creativity. As part of the celebration, we’ll hear Doug and Jenny recount memorable Washington Performing Arts stories, get an update on upcoming plans for the 2021/22 season, and toast all the Friends and fans that have made this extraordinary year possible.

Washington Performing Arts: Then and Now
Celebrating Milestones with Doug Wheeler & Jenny Bilfield

Friday, June 25, 4:00⁠–⁠5:30pm ET
Open to the Public; All are Welcome!

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Washington Performing Arts Men & Women of the Gospel Choir: Things Are Gonna Get Better

MEN & WOMEN OF THE GOSPEL CHOIR CAP 2020/21 WITH AN OPTIMISTIC PERFORMANCE

The Washington Performing Arts Men & Women of the Gospel Choir presents Things are Gonna Get Better, a special video performance premiering Friday, June 25 at 5:30pm ET, immediately after our Then & Now Milestone Celebration event (see above). Reflecting on the past year and recognizing that our hope is greater than our fears, the choir will sing a joyful rendition of Norman Hutchins’s “I Know You’re Gonna Make It.” Marking its 30th year in 2021/22, the Washington Performing Arts Men & Women of the Gospel Choir and Artistic Director Theodore Thorpe III are ready to get your summer started on a high note—view the premiere on our website, social media, or YouTube channel!

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Creator's Notebook

ANNOUNCING MARS ARTS D.C.: VIRTUAL—CREATOR’S NOTEBOOK

To find success as an independent artist, there are many roles one must fulfill, including creator, leader, producer, and performer. Starting in July and continuing through the next year, Mars Arts D.C.: Virtual will be exploring each of these roles through several series featuring D.C.-based art and artists who not only survive but thrive and develop their craft along with their careers. Utilizing the breadth of possibilities in virtual programming, Mars Arts D.C.: Virtual aims to inform and enhance the artistic experience, shining a light on all that goes into the art we consume on a daily basis.

Beginning in July 2021, the first of these series, Creator’s Notebook, focuses on the role from which it pulls its name: the creator. The series of four short films profiles singer-songwriter Justin Trawick, visual artist Khalid Thompson, musician and storyteller Be Steadwell, and photographer and DJ Violetta Markelou in multi-faceted origin stories spanning their motivations as artists and inspirations for their work, and defining what it means to bring original art into the world. Join us for a week-long deep dive into the creative process, each culminating in a performance or presentation of the work in the intimate settings of St. Vincent Wine, Art of Noize, Lee’s Flower Shop, and Common Thread @ Union Market, respectively.

JUSTIN TRAWICK
Filmed at St. Vincent Wine
Premiering Tuesday, July 27

KHALID THOMPSON
Filmed at Art of Noize
Premiering Wednesday, July 28

BE STEADWELL
Filmed at Lee’s Flower Shop
Premiering Thursday, July 29

VIOLETTA MARKELOU
Filmed at Common Thread @ Union Market
Premiering Friday, July 30

Each film will premiere on Washington Performing Arts’s website, YouTube channel, Facebook Page, and Instagram—plus, follow Washington Performing Arts (@washingtonperformingarts) on Instagram for exclusive artist interviews, takeovers, behind-the-scenes content, and more throughout the month of July!

Creator’s Notebook is made possible through the generous support of Gary and Silvia Yacoubian and SVS Home Audio.

Mars Arts D.C. is a partnership of Mars, Incorporated and Washington Performing Arts, with support from Jacqueline Badger Mars.

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FAM: Family Art Moments

FAMILY ART MOMENTS (FAM) SUMMER 2021: TRAVELING AROUND THE WORLD

This summer, our Family Art Moments programming—designed for kids ages 5-8—will debut another five episodes between July 22 and August 19, 2021, all centered around a theme of traveling around the world.

We will start at home in D.C. with a program created by Carla Perlo entitled “Literacy Through Art,” where she and her team will focus on D.C. as they use the performing and visual arts to explore letters and sounds. Then we’ll travel to France, Italy, Spain, and Austria with Washington Performing Arts Teaching Artist Karin Paludan and NSO Principal Second Violinist Marissa Regni; to regions of Africa with Teaching Artist drum and dance group Coyaba; to Canada with Teaching Artist Arianna Ross and Québec duo Veronneau, and finally to India with Kalanindhi Dance Company. More information will be published on our website in the coming weeks! Spread the word to the young people in your lives to join in!

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Support for Family Art Moments is provided by Pepco, An Exelon Company, and the Québec Government Office in Washington.

Performances related to Washington Performing Arts’s education programs are made possible by Jacqueline Badger Mars and Mars, Incorporated.

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Feder Memorial String Competition

ANNOUNCING WINNERS OF 50TH ANNUAL JOSEPH AND GOLDIE FEDER MEMORIAL STRING COMPETITION AWARDS

Washington Performing Arts today announced the winners of 2021’s 50th annual Joseph and Goldie Feder Memorial String Competition, which was held entirely online due to the pandemic. This year’s competition welcomed a total of 146 participants from across Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia—the highest number in the program’s history—from which 33 young musicians were selected as finalists. The results of the final round were shared with the participants on Wednesday, June 16—see below for a list of first prize and award winners and view the full list of winners in our press release. In honor of the competition’s golden anniversary, Washington Performing Arts commissioned new works for the competition from American composers Jessica Meyer and Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR).

“It’s inspiring to hear these young musicians and witness the level of talent and dedication that they bring to mastering their instruments,” said Washington Performing Arts Director of Education and Community Engagement Michelle Hoffman. Read our press release for more.

Also this week, Washington Performing Arts intern Teddi Yoo recounted her experience competing in the Feder Memorial String Competition in 2013–2015. Read her full narrative for a unique first-person perspective!

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Support for the commissioning component of the 50th Annual Joseph and Goldie Feder Memorial String Competition in 2021 was provided by the Randy Hostetler Living Room Music Fund, and Peter and Linda Parshall. Special thanks to Jacqueline Badger Mars and Mars, Incorporated, and the Washington Performing Arts Women’s Committee.

First Prize and Scholarship Winners

Violin
Ari Han (Advanced)
Yixuan Li (Intermediate)
Raymond Lim (Aspiring)
Wakana Hatta (Beginner)

Viola
Zoey Ma (Advanced)
Emma Zou (Intermediate)
James Eibner-Gebhardt (Aspiring)

Cello
Nicole Fang (Advanced)
Emmanuel Liu (Intermediate)
Jonathan Shin (Aspiring)
Olivia Kim (Beginner)

Double Bass
Anderson Bernal

Washington Performing Arts Scholarship
Emmanuel Liu
Jonathan Shin

Goldie B. Feder Award
Runa Matsushita

Washington Performing Arts Women’s Committee Award
Nicole Fang

Misbin Family Memorial Award
Yixuan Li
Raymond Lim
Wakana Hatta
Anna Lee
Joshua Thrush
Olivia Kim

Misbin Family New Talent Award
Eunice Park

Tutorial Award
Zoey Ma
Anderson Bernal

Listening Party Celebrating Hazel Scott at 101

FRIENDS EVENTS

Don’t miss out on the remaining Friends Events this season! Check out the lineup of 2021 Friends events, and watch your inbox for the invitations and event details. Next up:

Washington Performing Arts: Then and Now
Celebrating Milestones with Doug Wheeler and Jenny Bilfield
Friends Annual Celebration
Friday, June 25, 4–5:30pm ET

Reflections and visions in celebrating Washington Performing Arts’s milestones and five decades of resilience and creativity with Douglas Wheeler, our President Emeritus, and Jenny Bilfield, our President & CEO—plus an update on our plans for the 2021/22 Season and a celebration of our dedicated Friends of Washington Performing Arts who make all our work possible. Thank you!
(Open to the Public; All are Welcome!)

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Listening Party Celebrating Hazel Scott at 101
POSTPONED: New Date/Time TBD

This event was originally scheduled for Friday, June 11 but had to be postponed due to circumstances beyond our control. So keep an eye out for another opportunity to join in the celebration!

Join Washington Performing Arts Artist-in-Residence Murray Horwitz for a sneak peek of our special production next season, Hazel Scott at 101, to commemorate unsung American cultural powerhouse Hazel Scott (June 11, 1920–October 2, 1981) and celebrate her 101st birthday.
(open to Friends at the $1,500 level and above)

Not a Friend yet? Join the Friends program today with a gift of $75 or more, or the Chairman’s Circle of our leadership supporters with a gift of $2,500 or more, to start enjoying these great events. Or increase your level of giving to participate in more of these unique experiences.

Thank you for helping us to continue to make a difference by presenting great arts and arts education in our community.

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Linda and Michael Schultz

DONOR SPOTLIGHT: LINDA AND MICHAEL SCHULTZ

“I never knew how much Washington Performing Arts meant to me until it was time to renew my seats and there was nothing to renew because performances had been cancelled. The friendship, the company, the music, just gone. Washington Performing Arts filled in some of the music with terrific playlists on Spotify, and it made up for some of the companionship with posts on Twitter and Instagram and with Home Delivery Plus.”

– Linda and Michael Schultz, longtime Washington Performing Arts supporters and subscribers

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WASHINGTON PERFORMING ARTS IS HIRING

Washington Performing Arts is hiring for positions in Advancement and Education & Community Engagement, including:

  • Education and Community Program Manager
  • Manager of Advancement Operations and Analytics
  • Advancement Assistant (part-time)

Visit our employment page to view the job descriptions and application instructions.

Employment Page

Washington Performing Arts is also currently accepting applications for Fall 2021 Internships in Advancement, Choral Management, Communications & Creative Media, Cultural Diplomacy & Education, and Education & Community Engagement. This fall, our internships will be based remotely, with the option to work in the office according to the Washington Performing Arts office status in response to Covid-19 advisories in the District of Columbia. Beginning in fall of 2021, our volunteer interns are eligible for a stipend of $500 upon completion of an average of 15 hours per week for at least 12 weeks during the fall and spring internship semesters. Visit our internships page to view the position descriptions and application instructions.

Internships Page

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Washington Performing Arts Holiday Closures

HOLIDAY CLOSURES

Please note—with the upcoming holidays, Washington Performing Arts will be closed on the following dates:

We will be closed beginning at 2pm ET on Thursday, June 17 and remain closed through Friday, June 18 in observance of Juneteenth, which has been newly minted as a Federal Holiday. We will reopen on Monday, June 21 at 9:30am. This closure will not affect the online COTG video premieres scheduled for Thursday, June 17 at 4:30pm or Saturday, June 19 at 1:00pm.

We will be closed beginning at 2pm ET on Friday, July 2 and remain closed through Friday, July 9 in observance of Independence Day. We will reopen on Monday, July 12 at 9:30am.

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