Norman Scribner, Founder and Artistic Director Emeritus (1936 – 2015)
Considered an institution among his choral contemporaries, Norman Scribner was one of Washington’s most versatile and respected musical figures. In 1965, Scribner founded The Choral Arts Society of Washington, an ensemble of more than 170 singers who performed for 47 years under his direction in regular concerts at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and other D.C.-area venues. As Founder and Artistic Director Emeritus, Scribner developed Choral Arts into one of the major symphonic choruses in the United States. During his tenure, he led and prepared the Choral Arts Chorus for numerous performances with the world’s leading conductors and orchestras, television appearances, recordings, and national and international tours.