Education and Community

As a nonprofit organization, Choral Arts depends on our patrons and sponsors for financial support. Through the generosity of our donors, we can continue to provide the very best in choral repertoire, music performance, education and public programming for the Washington, DC community and beyond.

Education Programs

  • Concerts for Students
  • Choral Arts Youth Chorus
  • Annual Young Men’s Sing
  • Curriculum Guides for Teachers
  • Internships

Community Programs

  • MLK Celebration Community Initiative
  • Choral Arts Young Patrons

Concerts for Students

What are Student Concerts?
  • One-hour vocal performances
  • Student-centered
  • Field Trip Learning Experiences
  • Aligned with Music and Social Studies
  • Available for all students
  • Recommended for grades 3-8
Why does Choral Arts present Student Concerts?
  • To provide students with an opportunity to experience high-quality vocal music
  • To augment Choral Arts’ published music-integrated curriculum materials
  • To integrate choral music into commonly studied social studies curriculum content

For more information, call 202.244.3669

Classroom Resources

Integrate music into your social studies and language arts curriculum with Choral Arts’ classroom resources.  These curricular materials are designed based on our 11 years of experience providing music-integrated classroom residencies to DC public and charter schools.
All classroom resources are:
  • Aligned with the National Standards for Music and a core content subject
  • Written for non-music educators
  • Created for integrating music into another curricular unit
Resources for Purchase:


January 2015 Intern Deborah Rogers shares her experience during her internship at Choral Arts.

MLK Celebration Community Initiative

Living the Dream, Singing the Dream: Celebrating the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Annual Celebration for Martin Luther King, Jr. is a community event to remember Dr. King and honor those who continue to work tirelessly for justice and peace. More than just a concert, the MLK Celebration Community Initiative transcends race, age, and gender to unite all who honor his ideals.

The MLK Celebration Community Initiative Includes:
Annual Celebration Concert and Humanitarian Award Presentation: Performance for 2,400 audience members, featuring a diverse combined chorus of approximately 300 singers from the Choral Arts Society of Washington and Washington Performing Arts Men, Women, and Children of the Gospel Choirs, as well as musicians from the community. To encourage community attendance and at the request of the concert’s first Honorary Chair, the late Mrs. Coretta Scott King, ticket prices are kept low and free tickets are distributed to community groups. The Annual Humanitarian Award is presented to an individual whose life work embodies the ideals of Dr. King’s legacy. At the 2017 Tribute Concert, Ruby Bridges will receive the 14th Annual Humanitarian Award.

Annual Performance of the Celebration Concert for Students: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 | 11:00 am

Voices Teacher Curriculum: Arts-integrated teachers’ curriculum for grades K-12 focused on Dr. King, Civil Rights, & Justice, published in February 2008 and distributed nationwide. Click here to order your copy today.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Kennedy Center Concert Hall
Presented by Choral Arts and Washington Performing Arts

Young Patrons

Choral Arts Young Patrons are an active group of young professionals who share a passion for the arts and choral music. Young Patrons host events throughout the year, including the popular annual Carols & Cocktails, that provide opportunities to network with fellow music lovers and support the choral arts. This vibrant arts community comprises people who sing, wish they could sing, and just enjoy listening to vocal music. From concerts in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall to low-key happy hours, Young Patrons builds friendships that endure — and bring you music you’ll never forget.

Joining the Choral Arts Young Patrons is free. As a member, you will enjoy special access to artists, discounted ticket packages for Choral Arts concerts, invitations, and more. Sign-up to receive the Young Patrons’ e-newsletter, information on upcoming Young Patrons events, and more.

Attend concerts with the Young Patrons Flex Pass.

Carols & Cocktails

For six years, Choral Arts Young Patrons has hosted Carols & Cocktails, a holiday evening for young professionals.

The evening begins with Carols at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, where you will enjoy Choral Arts’ annual holiday concert, which includes the fan favorite carol sing.

Following the concert, guests enjoy Cocktails at a nearby establishment.

Both the concert and the cocktail party are infused with the music and culture of Choral Arts annual honorary holiday embassy patron.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Kennedy Center Concert Hall
& The Hamilton

Steering Committee

Choral Arts Young Patrons are led by a Steering Committee, who meet regularly to organize that annual Young Patron events.

The 2016-2017 Steering Committee

Alex Swartsel,* Chair
Catherine Pfaffenroth,* Membership
Allie Munoz,* Marketing
Dawn Damschen, Carols & Cocktails
Trung Nguyen-Dinh, Operations Chair
Lizzie Stoltz, Information Chair

Ashley Antle, Karen Hopper,* Michael Lincoln,* Meagan Roloff,*
Steering Committee Members

Choral Arts Young Patrons Advisory Council

John Hazangeles
Elaine Maslamani
Dileep Srihari *

* indicates members of the Choral Arts Chorus

"Nothing surpasses the power of music to knit together our differences,
heal our wounds, and inspire our spirits." –Norman Scribner