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The Westminster Chorus “Theft Relief” Fund

October 25, 2017 at 9:29 am UTC

“On October 8, 2017 following a local concert in El Segundo, CA with the Stockholm City Voices, from Sweden, our van, trailer, and all contents were stolen.  Items that were stolen include; our trailer, van, risers, 50 suits, CD’s, and more. While insurance may cover a portion of these expenses, it isn’t nearly enough to begin to cover the extent of the loss.

Our mission is in jeopardy as this equipment is vital to all events and daily operations.

Where will your donation go?

1. New tourmaster risers from wenger. For use at every rehearsal and concert as well as for official use in the greater barbershop community. Over the years, our risers have been relied upon by for official use at society functions including division and district conventions. And as such, our risers were expected to be used at the upcoming International Midwinter convention in Costa Mesa, CA, so the timing could not be worse. Replacing these risers is our most urgent and immediate need and will greatly impact the barbershop society in the very near term.

2. A new trailer. The transportation of our risers and suits from venue to venue, making sure that the music and art we share in numerous communities is as professional as possible, is our chief logistical challenge. Without a trailer, we are quite literally unable to perform our primary function and purpose in the community.

3. New suits. We have several milestone performances ahead this year that require formal performance attire. Not only are we set to perform at the International barbershop convention, but we were also invited to perform at the Western Conference of the American Choral Directors Association, a tremendous honor in the choral world that extends beyond the barbershop music genre. We were even asked to perform in one of their most coveted time slots. So it’s very important that we look our best to seize this rare opportunity to continue bridging the gap between Barbershop and choral communities.

We need your help like we’ve never needed it before. Our aim to continue as ambassadors of the barbershop style, champions for the continuing music education of youth, and builders of a bridge between the choral and barbershop communities is being seriously threatened. So THANK YOU in advance from the bottom of our hearts for your generosity.”

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