WHAT WE LOST TO HURRICANE KATRINA
Much of African Chorus archival and
transcription work was conducted from our New Orleans home office in Metairie. Following
are the various states of items destroyed or affected by the hurricane's
field recordings - reel tapes, cassette tapes, DATs.
The tapes are in
various states of damage, but can be salvaged using advanced recording
Thousands pages of
handwritten sheet music, including
music book manuscripts. Luckily, some
of these had been scanned and converted to PDF documents before the hurricane,
and thus will be replaced with backups. The bulk however has now been stored in
special desiccators, pending funds to hire music copyists.
iii. The Hazel
Mae Rotimi Collection. This comprised of 26 years of research work donated to
the African Chorus in 1999 - handwritten notes, papers, journals and memoirs
from working with riverine communities in Southeastern Nigeria. Unfortunately,
this collection was among the hardest hit property in FredO's home and thus is
HOW YOU CAN HELP
i. Use any major credit card to contribute
tax-deductible cash by phone to 314-652-6800 or 314-431-5225
a check of your tax-deductible donation to:
African Chorus, Inc.
Re: Hurricane Katrina/Rita Relief
2405 Belmont Place
Metairie, LA USA
Follow the link below for secure online donation through PAYPAL.
lieu of cash donations you may also pledge your time to volunteer as music
copyists. For details please
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African Chorus Programs
By making a donation to the African
Chorus, you are helping to sustain an organization
that has provided cultural enrichment programming for over a decade. From the
very beginning the intent of the African Chorus Project was to promote world
peace through intercultural understanding. This need has become more apparent in
light of current developments around the world, and we rely on your generous
support to fulfill our mission. You may
contribute to our general operations fund, or stipulate that your funds goes
toward any of these programs:
Concert & Touring Program:
Each season the St. Louis African Chorus presents one or two performing groups
from Africa for concerts and cultural exchange programs in the St. Louis
Metropolitan area and across the United States.
African Choral Workshops:
A professional development and training program for schools, music educators and
enthusiasts, to help develop new choral repertoire by composers of African
origin or descent.
Community Outreach Programs (COPS):
A project that offers free and deeply discounted events to underserved
populations and other citizens without ready access to cultural programming.
Symposia and Festivals:
The organization collaborates with International Consortium for the Music of
Africa & its Diaspora (ICMAD) and other organizations
to present symposia and festivals that promote musical works of African-origined
or descent composers.
Volunteer at African Chorus
We rely on hundreds of volunteers
who graciously give of their time and expertise
to African Chorus programs.
Internships are also available for high school and college students. As a
volunteer you contribute or gain expertise in general database management,
desktop and web publishing, creating sheet music, concert promotion and
management, board development and general operations management. If you
are interested in ways you can help, please contact
slac @ africanchorus dot org
To discuss potential partnerships, business relationships, corporate
sponsorships or promotional opportunities, email
us at slac
@ africanchorus dot org
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unique programming. To do a story on our organization or any aspect of our
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