Washington, DC – Lonnie G. Bunch III will receive the Choral Arts Humanitarian Award which is presented annually to an individual who embodies the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s message of nonviolent struggle for civil rights, equality and justice. Each year an extraordinary recipient is selected and honored by The Choral Arts Society of Washington at Living the Dream…Singing the Dream, the annual choral tribute to the legacy of Dr. King and co-presented by The Choral Arts Society of Washington and Washington Performing Arts. Led by Scott Tucker, Choral Arts Artistic Director, Theodore Thorpe III, Artistic Director of the Washington Performing Arts Men and Women of the Gospel Choirs, Michele Fowlin, Artistic Director of the Washington Performing Arts Children of the Gospel Choir, and Stanley J. Thurston, Artistic Director Emeritus, the annual choral tribute brings the combined forces of more than 300 voices celebrating the power of music and the triumph of the human spirit in a concert that celebrates the past and embraces the hope of the future.


Washington, DC – At the turn of the 17th century, composer Claudio Monteverdi had mastered the musical styles of the late Renaissance and began developing new musical techniques which evolved into the Baroque musical style. In Vespro della Beata Vergine Monteverdi brilliantly superimposes new music over traditional Gregorian chants, combines sacred music with secular styles, and alternates the grandeur of the large ensemble with solos and duets. His mastery of the musical forms and styles of the time is showcased throughout the work and foreshadows the musical developments to come.
The performance forces include the Choral Arts Chorus, The Thirteen, and an orchestra featuring cornetti, sackbuts, theorbo, and more.

Ruby Bridges to Receive Choral Arts 14th Annual Humanitarian Award

Thursday, January 19, 2017
Washington, D.C. – The Choral Arts Society of Washington to Present 14th Annual Humanitarian Award to Ruby Bridges at Living the Dream…Singing the Dream, the 29th Annual Choral Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr., February 19, 2017.

Choral Arts appoints Tad Czyzewski as next Executive Director

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Washington, DC – The Board of Directors of The Choral Arts Society of Washington (Choral Arts) is pleased to announce the appointment of Tad Czyzewski as its next Executive Director, effective with the 2016-2017 season, providing dual leadership alongside Artistic Director Scott Tucker. Mr. Czyzewski was selected after a rigorous eight-month search to succeed retiring Executive Director Debra L. Kraft. The Board voted unanimously and enthusiastically to confirm Mr. Czyzewski’s appointment.

Choral Arts Announces 2016-2017 Season

Monday, April 04, 2016
The Choral Arts Society of Washington (Choral Arts) today announced its 2016-2017 season. Choral Arts will present its first-ever solely produced performance of Berlioz’s Requiem on November 20, 2016 in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall and has also commissioned Jake Runestad to compose a new work to be performed in conjunction with Mozart’s Requiem on April 23, 2017. “We are thrilled that the 2016-2017 season lineup incorporates a mix of beloved choral masterworks, first-ever performances and exclusive new pieces. Music on this scale is best experienced live in the concert hall,” said Scott Tucker, Artistic Director.

The Choral Arts Society of Washington opens 2015-2016 season with Johannes Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem November 15

Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Johannes Brahms constructed Ein deutsches Requiem with tremendous architecture moving from words of comfort to those who remain behind, to comfort for those who have passed on. It was the last work that Choral Arts Founder Norman Scribner (1936 – 2015) conducted in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall prior to his retirement in 2012 and this concert, conducted by Artistic Director Scott Tucker, is dedicated to his memory. The Choral Arts Chorus will perform this piece in its entirety by memory.

The Choral Arts Society of Washington presents THE WESLEY HYMN PROJECT in performance at Metropolitan Memorial UMC

Thursday, October 01, 2015
In his last project, Choral Arts Founder Norman Scribner carefully selected twenty hymns by Charles Wesley for a dual language recording in English and Spanish through a project with the Wesley Heritage Foundation. After his unexpected death in March 2015, Choral Arts completed this project with the Choral Arts Chamber Singers recording those twenty hymns in July 2015, engineered by Sono Luminous with distribution by Naxos. In celebration of the upcoming CD release, the Chamber Singers will perform a selection of these hymns in each language accompanied by anthems and organ works by his descendants, Samuel Wesley and Samuel Sebastian Wesley.

Choral Arts Executive Director Debra L. Kraft to retire at the end of the 2015-2016 Season

Thursday, September 17, 2015
The Choral Arts Society of Washington (Choral Arts) today announced that its Executive Director, Debra L. Kraft will retire at the end of its 2015-2016 season after twelve years of leadership.

Renee Fleming and Norm Lewis to join the Choral Arts Chorus in ‘Some Enchanted Evening’ on May 15, 2016

Wednesday, September 09, 2015
International opera star and world-renowned soprano Renée Fleming will join The Choral Arts Society of Washington as featured soloist during our May 15, 2016 concert at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Tony nominated actor and baritone Norm Lewis will also join in this enchanting evening concert where Choral Arts celebrates the American musical with selections from Rodgers and Hammerstein and other Broadway masters.

Choral Arts Society of Washington Makes China Debut

Wednesday, May 20, 2015
The Choral Arts Society of Washington will depart later this month with more than 100 members of its chorus, guests, and staff for the China/USA Two Countries One Stage Tour of China, a five-city tour which runs from May 25-June 6, 2015. The performance of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana is Choral Arts’ China debut and was made possible by an invitation from the China Arts and Entertainment Group.

Choral Arts Announces 2015-2016 Season

Thursday, March 19, 2015
The Choral Arts Society of Washington today announced its 2015-2016 season. Highlights of the 51st season, which opens on Sunday, November 15, 2015, include guest appearances with the National Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and Wolf Trap Opera; an annual holiday concert and gala with a special performance from the Singapore Youth Choir Ensemble Singers; and a new partnership with American University developing interdisciplinary programs.