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ABS Annual Appeal

My life flows on in endless song above earth's lamentation.
I hear the real, though far-off hymn that hails a new creation.
Through all the tumult and the strife, I hear the music ringing.
It finds an echo in my soul. How can I keep from singing?

My life flows on in endless song, above earth's lamentation.
In April 2015, the American Boychoir's song was nearly ended. The Board of Trustees was forced to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. With the support of donors like you, the ABS community raised more than $400,000 to complete the year, finish our scheduled concert and begin planning for a new future. We are now taking the next steps.
I hear the real, though far-off hymn that hails a new creation.
The song continues at our new location in Hopewell, New Jersey, just west of Princeton. Dedicated faculty and staff have successfully complete the switch to a "homestay" model for our boarding boys - half of our student body. With the guidance of our Board, we restructured and consolidated our operations. Our boys performed Mahler's Symphony No. 8 at Tanglewood in August, and they are ready and eager to keep on singing throughout the entire 2015-16 school year. But that will be possible only with your support of our Annual Fund.
Through all the tumult and the strife, I hear the music ringing.
Tumult and strife plague our society. As Leonard Bernstein once wrote, "This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully than ever before." The boys delivered on this lofty mission last year at more than fifty concerts across the country, including four critically acclaimed performances of Bernstein's Mass with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Your donations to last year's Annual Fund made this possible; your contribution to this year's Annual Fund will make it possible again.
It finds an echo in my soul. How can I keep from singing?
Our operating budget this year requires an Annual Fund of $950,000 to break even. Reaching this target is absolutely essential to keeping the school open. Given your generous support in the past, we know in our souls that you can help us meet this challenge. How will we use the budgeted $950,000 in Annual Fund gifts? To finance our tours, our music and academic programs and scholarships for our choristers - expenses critical to our mission.
For 77 years, the American Boychoir School has given boys a place to share their natural talents and interests, regardless of their ability to pay - a place to understand their special gifts, a place to learn discipline, tradition and honor, a place where they can find their voices and share them with the world in a most amazing way. Over $500,000 of the Annual Fund target is for scholarships that support the majority of current students. But the Boychoir needs scholarship funds to recruit additional, talented boys over the course of the Fall semester, on tour and otherwise. To secure its future, the American Boychoir has to grow; to grow it needs more students with unique talents; to bring those students to ABS, it needs scholarship money. It needs the Annual Fund.
When friends rejoice both far and near, how can I keep from singing?
At the American Boychoir, our response to this question is simple: we cannot keep from singing! We cannot imagine a world without music. And we cannot imagine this world without the American Boychoir. If ABS succeeds in meeting its fundraising targets for the 2015-16 school year, that success will enable us to emerge from Chapter 11 with a promising future.
Celebrate and sustain ABS's boy choristers and the many lives that they inspire. Support the mission of the American Boychoir School today, and keep our song alive!


Dr. Kerry Heimann

P.S. ABS not only needs this financial support, but it needs it now! Proving that ABS can successfully operate on a reorganized basis requires that ABS raise funds as early as possible. Contributions received before the end of 2015 will allow the school to keep its finances on an even keel. Contributions received even sooner will be a great source of comfort and strength as we plan the school's month-to-month operations.

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