The Choral Arts Youth Choir is quickly gaining attention as one of the finest youth chamber ensembles in the DC area. The Youth Choir has been featured on the annual Choral Arts Christmas concerts at the Kennedy Center and alongside guest artists such as Renée Fleming. The ensemble appears regularly with the Choral Arts Chamber Singers, including a groundbreaking collaboration on “Into the Light,” an immersive choral experience in Dupont Underground alongside the New Orchestra of Washington. Members also perform as part of the Choral Arts Chorus for summer guest appearances with the National Symphony Orchestra, including a July 2018 performance of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ at Wolf Trap and the annual broadcast of A Capitol Fourth, aired nationwide on PBS.
In July 2017, the Youth Choir joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Tanglewood Festival Chorus to perform the Berlioz Te Deum. The Boston Musical Intelligencer praised the Youth Choir: “their sound made an ideal match for the ladies of the TFC, supporting complex textures and providing a foundation of pure, clean tone in the outer movements.”
Founded by Choral Arts’ Associate Conductor and Pianist, Brandon Straub, the ensemble is comprised of “all-star” singers from area high schools, many of whose directors sing with the Choral Arts Chorus and Chamber Singers.
Are you a 9th through 12th grade student interested in auditioning for the Choral Arts Youth Choir? Please click here for audition information.
Brandon Straub, Associate Conductor and Pianist of The Choral Arts Society of Washington and Founding Director of the Choral Arts Youth Choir, is regularly in demand as a conductor, keyboardist, and singer. He serves as Director of Choral Music and Chair of Music for the coordinate programs at St. Alban’s School and the National Cathedral School in Washington, DC. and has served on the faculties of Episcopal High School, The Hill School, the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) DC Summer Course, the New York State Summer School for the Arts (NYSSSA), and Interlochen Arts Camp. He has served as Associate Director and Organist at St. John’s Church Lafayette Square, the “Church of the Presidents.”
As a singer and keyboardist, Mr. Straub has performed throughout the DC area with professional ensembles from Washington National Cathedral, St. John’s Church Lafayette Square, the National Gallery of Art, the National Chamber Players, and the Air Force Strings. As a conductor and keyboardist, he has assisted in preparing choruses for collaborations with such world-class ensembles as the National Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Detroit Symphony, and the Pennsylvania Ballet, and for performances with such renowned conductors as Christoph Eschenbach, Emil de Cou, Steven Reineke, Rossen Milanov, Bramwell Tovey, Marin Alsop, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Ensembles under Straub’s direction have been featured in broadcasts on PBS and BBC Radio 4.
Mr. Straub holds M.M. degrees in Conducting and Harpsichord Performance from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor’s degree in Voice and Music Education from Michigan State University. While a graduate student, he was Founding Director of the Brandenburg Soloists, a student ensemble with which he performed the complete Brandenburg Concertos of J. S. Bach.