The Choral Arts Chamber Singers is a small vocal ensemble comprised of approximately 30 members of the Choral Arts Chorus. Launched on the occasion of Choral Arts 50th anniversary, the creation of the Choral Arts Chamber Singers provides Choral Arts audiences with two types of experiences: One that defines the grandeur and magnificence of the symphonic chorus for which Choral Arts is known; and one that breaks the barriers created by that very genre.
In its inaugural year, the Chamber Singers opened Choral Arts’ 2014-2015 season with Under the Midnight Sun, a program that featured music by Scandinavian composers. The ensemble also performed at a private concert at The Embassy of Finland and was a featured performer at Music at the Phillips (The Phillips Collection). In the 2015-2016 Season the Chamber Singers celebrated the release of their first recording (a double-disc set of a collection of hymns by Charles Wesley-one in English and one in Spanish) with a recording release concert in October; joined the Pan American Symphony Orchestra on a Zarzuela program in March at Lisner Auditorium; partnered with American University in April on The Terezín Project which explored the unique role of the arts during and after the Holocaust; and presented The Imitative Game celebrating imitation in music. In fall 2016 the Chamber Singers will present The Art of the Italian Madrigal following the Italian Madrigal from 16th century Italy to settings of the text by contemporary composers at Historic Dumbarton Church
Members of the Choral Arts Chamber Singers are selected based on their vocal prowess and sight reading abilities as well as their interest and availability. It is an intergenerational ensemble, and includes members who are relatively new to the Choral Arts Chorus as well as singers who have been members for decades. In addition to volunteering as members of both ensembles, many also volunteer for Choral Arts in other ways, including holding roles in the Choral Arts Chorus leadership and serving as members of the Board of Directors or Young Patrons Steering Committee. They live throughout the D.C. metro-area, and work in such sectors as primary, secondary, and music education, government affairs, law, nonprofit, or own their own businesses.