Close to the Goal....

Dear Friends, 

I am excited to share with you some wonderful news and am writing to ask for your support.  Some of you know that I recently graduated from Jackson State University with a degree in Music: Vocal Performance.  Since then I have continued to sing in recital and opera performances as well as oratorio.  I have also continued my studies in Music and am now working on a Master\'s degree in Music Education.  

In February, I was selected through national auditions to participate in OperaWorks\' Advanced Artist Program. Out of nearly 300 applicants, I was chosen as one of only 32 singers to participate in this program for a whole month held in Los Angeles, CA.  This is the next step for me in my development and I am asking for your help.  OperaWorks is a nationally recognized program in which I will work with professional voice coaches, directors, and movement teachers who will guide me in my career.  In order for me to take advantage of this exciting opportunity, I need to raise at least $6000.  I have already raised over half of my goal. 

The money collected will go towards enabling me to attend the program, but also to work and continue to grow as a performing artist.  This is where you can help.  I invite you to become a donor or sponsor of my participation in any amount that you choose. The funds will be used for tuition- $3375.00, housing - $810.00, transportation to Los Angeles - $500.00 - 800.00, food, clothes, misc. - $1500 - $2300.  Your donations of $5, $10, $20, $50, $100 or more is appreciated.  If you collect spare change in a jar or car ash tray please consider sending it as in investment in the arts.

The DEADLINE for all donations is June 20, 2011.  I am extending the deadline for those who want to continue to help me.

Supporters can also help by your continued prayers and by sharing this information with your friends.  You may use Paypal or credit card here or send a check made payable to Janese Lewis to my address:

Janese Lewis
P. O. Box 6929
Jackson, MS  39282

OR make your tax-deductible check payable to OperaWorks, with a separate note earmarked to Janese Lewis, and send it to:


11862 Balboa Blvd. PMB #391

Granada Hills, CA  91344

If you have any questions about this program or how to make a donation, please contact OperaWorks at the address above or visit their website at

Thank you for your continued support and encouragement.  It means so much.

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