Boys Choir Lifts Spirits at the Durham Medical Center - Durham VA Health Care System
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Boys Choir Lifts Spirits at the Durham Medical Center

March 30, 2010

Boys Choir sings at the Durham VA Medcial Center in the atrium   __
The Boys Choir of Powhatan from Baltimore, Maryland performs at the Durham VAMC
VA Photo by Amanda Stanislaw

DURHAM, NC -- The “Exploring Possibilities through Travel and Song” concert at the Durham VA Medical Center on March 30, 2010, was part of the Boys Choir of Powhatan 10th annual tour that began in their hometown of Baltimore, Maryland. By the time all 28 members of the boys choir finished their performance, everyone burst into applause. 

Veterans from inpatient wards, outpatients, and staff filled the atrium while others were seen viewing from second floor windows. The choir’s preparation was evident throughout the performance to honor our Veterans in songs ranging from Battle Hymn of the Republic to ABBA’s The Winner Takes It All. By all accounts it was inspirational and uplifting for both patients and staff and in many ways just what the Doctor ordered.

Following the performance, choir members, ranging from 2nd -12th grade, met with A. Rudy Klopfer, Associate Director of the Durham VA Medical Center to learn about hospital operations and to ask questions. Mr. Klopfer fielded a wide range of questions including those about PTSD, budgets, work ethic, and discipline. The members left with a better understanding of Veterans and VA hospitals operations.

The Boys Choir of Powhatan was created by Joe Ann Oatis in 1998 to develop the character, social skills, oral communication and musical talents of young African-American males. Those who were lucky enough to be in attendance were given an hour of moving entertainment. Durham VA Medical Center hopes to host the choir again in the future.

For more information about the Durham VA, please contact Public Affairs at (919) 286-6986.