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Hyde Park charter school choir returns for second holiday performance at the White House

Posted by Jeremy C. Fox  December 26, 2012 11:58 AM

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Choir director Evelyn Lee-Jones, at left, directed the Voices of Renaissance choir as its members sang at the White House on Friday.

For the second year in a row, an elementary school choir from Hyde Park performed in a special holiday concert at the White House.

The Voices of Renaissance, a choir made up of third- through sixth-grade students at the Boston Renaissance Charter Public School, was invited by President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama to perform at a holiday reception on Dec. 21, the school announced in a statement.

The children sang a selection of traditional holiday songs.

“I am so proud of these kids,” Roger F. Harris, the school’s superintendent and CEO, said in the statement. “They brought a little holiday cheer to the White House at a time when it was needed. Congratulations to these children, their families and to Ms. Evelyn Lee, our choir director. They inspire us all.”

The White House appearance capped off a series of Washington, D.C., concerts for the choir that included performances at Children’s National Medical Center, the Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science, and the Mary McLeod Bethune Day Academy Public Charter School.

The charter school serves students from 10 Boston neighborhoods. More than three quarters come from low-income families, and 96 percent are African American or Latino.

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Choir members and leaders from the Boston Renaissance Charter Public School gathered for a photo outside the White House during their visit.

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