October 17, 2012
Congressman John Doe
U.S. House of Representatives
0000 Rayburn Building
Washington DC 12345
Dear Congressman Doe,
My name is Johann Bach. I am from Leipzig, Minnesota, and I am an organist, composer, and teacher of music at the high school level. I am writing to share a story about a recent community music event.
On October 1st, our 30-member student choir held a performance at the Bonn Senior Center, where we offered a selection of music ranging from the Baroque to modern jazz vocal arrangements. We also featured a composition by one of our own students, Clara Schumann. The performance was a huge hit with the residents. We enjoyed spending time with the audience members after the performance. Many attendees commented on how powerful music is and how it enhances their experience of daily life. Further, this experience had an equal effect on the students. Several of them commented to me on how they felt empowered to make a difference and how this experience gave them a real sense of accomplishment. We were proud to be a part of strengthening the social fabric of our community, and we are looking forward to future performances both at Bonn and at other venues in our community.
I wanted to share this story with you to illustrate the vital role music plays in the life of our community, and in the development of our students. We would be thrilled to have you as an honored guest at future performances. Additionally, I would welcome the opportunity to speak further with you about the importance of continuing support for music programs in our schools. Specifically, I hope that you will support the inclusion of music as part of the core curriculum, a position that will help preserve budgetary resources for these essential programs.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Johann S. Bach