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October 12, 2005
Contact: Erin Curtis-Dierks, School of Fine Arts, (785) 864-9742.

Gift enables KU choir to perform in Wichita, Pratt, Meade, Dodge City

LAWRENCE -- With the generous support of an alumnus, the University of Kansas Chamber Choir will embark on a tour of four Kansas communities Oct. 18 through 20. Forty students from the choir will perform in Wichita, Pratt, Meade and Dodge City.

Robert Daugherty, chemistry '56 and medicine '60, has given $25,000 to support a Kansas tour for the KU choir. The gift to KU Endowment Association provides funds for transportation, food and hotel accommodations, as well as additional needs for the choir.

According to John Paul Johnson, professor of music and director of the KU Chamber Choir, the choir members are high school graduates from most towns on the tour. The tour will give these students a chance to sing in front of hometown audiences and expose residents of the Kansas towns to the talented group.

Daugherty, originally from Meade, sang in his high school chorus and remembers the positive impression the KU Chamber Choir made when they performed at Meade High School in 1952. Later as a KU student, his interest for the choir took yet another positive turn; Daugherty met and married his college sweetheart, Sandra Keller, who was a member of the KU Chamber Choir. Daugherty enjoys giving to the choir in memory of Sandra, and this most recent gift continues the generous and longtime support of the Sandra Keller Daugherty Fund, a choral program fund named for Sandra Keller Daugherty, M.D., English '56 and medicine '60.

"It is in Sandra's memory that I give to help the choir," said Daugherty. "So that others, like myself, can hear and appreciate beautiful music. Also, I give so the students in the choir can improve their abilities and talent while providing pleasure to those privileged to hear them sing."

Johnson said: "I cannot overstate how much Bob Daugherty's support means to us. Not a week goes by that his effect on KU isn't felt in some way."

KU Chamber Choir performance dates and locations are as follows:

-- Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 7:30 p.m.
Northwest High School, 1220 N. Tyler Road, Wichita
(combined with the choirs of Northwest High School)

-- Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 9:15 a.m.
Pratt High School, 401 S. Hamilton, Pratt
(a program for the high school and middle school choirs)

-- Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 7:30 p.m.
First United Methodist Church, 201 Soule, Dodge City

-- Thursday, Oct. 20, at 8 a.m.
Meade High School, 409 School Addition, Meade

-- Thursday, Oct. 20, at 1 p.m.
Wichita Heights High School, 5301 N. Hillside, Wichita
(a program for the Madrigal Singers and selected senior vocalists)

For more information on the KU Chamber Choir Kansas tour, please contact the Department of Music and Dance at (785) 864-3436.

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