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University Singers will perform at the White House

Friday, November 18, 2011 | 2:16 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — The MU University Singers will pack their bags Dec. 18 and head to Washington, D.C. The White House extended a special invitation to the choir, welcoming 30 members to perform there Dec. 19.

"I received an invitation to send recordings about six weeks ago," said Paul Crabb, the choir's conductor and MU's director of choral activities. "So I took the time to submit the appropriate information to the White House and was pleasantly surprised."

The MU University Singers have performed at two national conventions before, gaining attention as a top-notch college choir. Crabb said he believes the White House contacted him because of the group's past performances at these conventions. While the group is excited about the recognition, they are upset that only 30 of the choir's 58 members will be allowed to go.

"I'm going to have to balance seniority with vocal need," Crabb said. "I think select members have earned a privilege and deserve the opportunity."

Crabb has been teaching at MU for nine years. This will be his first trip to Washington, D.C. with the choir. He said he isn't sure where they will be performing in the White House, but that he plans on inviting Missouri's local representatives to the event.

"The group always does a fabulous job," he said. "It'll be a nice getaway after finals."


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