Slideshow 1
Slideshow Overlay
News You Can Use

News You Can Use

FOH Adult Volunteers

The Front of House team is looking for adult volunteers to assist with the Spring Season at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Front of House is called upon when there are performances and events within our performance venues. The FOH team encompasses Ushering events, Box Office, as well as the Bebop Shop, our school store. We are seeking to add adults to our student team of ushers. If you are interested and desire more information, please fill out the google form here so that we may contact you.

If you have any questions, please email

Kids Ride Free Card Requests

Student must request a card before it is issued. Only assign and provide cards to students who request to participate in Kids Ride Free for the purpose of traveling to and from school or school related activities.

When new cards are issued as replacements, the old cards are automatically shut off. For any questions about this program, contact the DDOT School Transit Office at 202-673-1740 or

Jennifer Turner |

Attendance Matters

Duke Ellington School of the Arts is in partnership with the District of Columbia Public Schools system and therefore abides by several of their regulations, requirements and guidelines when it comes to student achievement. The Office of Enrollment wants to ensure that all students are successful in their mission to pursue pre-professional arts training and academic scholarship. With that in mind, we are asking that you re-read and review the frequently asked questions and information shared by our Attendance Counselor, Ms. Adia Howard-Stroud. Find the FULL Attendance FAQ here for your review. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact her directly. If you need further assistance, please contact our Director of Enrollment, Ms. Savannah R. Overton.

Thank you,

Office of Enrollment

Adia Howard-Stroud |
Savannah R. Overton |

Sophisticated Ladies Take Austria June 2019

The Sophisticated Ladies of Duke Ellington School of the Arts’ Vocal Music Department have been extended a tremendous learning and performance opportunity: a performance tour in Austria!

The Sophisticated Ladies is a 30-voice female ensemble comprised of vocal music majors in grades 9 through 12 under the direction of Sylvia V.C. Twine. The ensemble performs a repertoire of traditional choral literature that encompasses spirituals, musical theater, classical and jazz. The Sophisticated Ladies’ Edelweiss Tour is scheduled for June 16, 2019 and will include music history tours and performances in Vienna, Melk and Salzburg, Austria.The Sophisticated Ladies will visit and perform in venues such as St. Peter’s Church in Vienna, Schonbrun Palace Basilica St. Michael in Mondsee as well as friendship concerts with Viennese schools. As musical ambassadors, these young singers will experience a cultural exchange that is certain to enlighten and inspire their dreams.

This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity has a hefty price tag and many of the girls’ families cannot afford the full cost on their own. The total cost of the trip per student is estimated at $3,500. Our goal is to “leave no girl behind” and make it financially possible for all members of the ensemble to travel. To give today, click here.

Sylvia Twine |