Choral Arts presents a subscription series every season. These concerts take place most often in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall and occasionally at other venues throughout the Washington, DC area.
Choral Arts presents a variety of additional performances every season including a musical celebration of the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. The organization is also hired to collaborate with local, national and international ensembles and presenters in concerts throughout the Washington, DC area and beyond.
Optional Performance Opportunities
In addition to regular season performances, Choral Arts provides these optional opportunities to sing.
- Chamber Singers: A select group of 20 to 30 Choral Arts full members who perform in their own series of concerts, special events and recording projects.
- Television: The Chorus may be invited to appear in nationally televised programs such as Kennedy Center Honors and A Capitol Fourth.
- Special Events and Ceremonial Appearances: The Chorus is regularly called upon to help inaugurate presidents, honor world leaders and celebrate national holidays.
- Foreign and Domestic Tours: The Chorus has embarked on several national and international tours. These experiences include performances in Carnegie Hall (NY City), Red Square (Moscow), Notre Dame Cathedral (Paris), Royal Albert Hall and St. Paul’s Cathedral (London), Teatro Colón (Buenos Aires), Theatro Municipal (Rio de Janeiro), National Centre for the Performing Arts (Beijing).
Choral Arts has produced or participated in 19 critically acclaimed recordings.
The Chorus rehearses at least once a week during the performance season. Additional piano rehearsals on alternate nights are also scheduled, if needed. Most piano rehearsals are held at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, but alternate locations are used, if needed.
Day & Time: Every Tuesday evening, 7:30pm – 10:00pm.
Location: St. Alban’s Episcopal Church – Satterlee Hall.
Address: 3001 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016 . Google Maps
The church is located at the corner of Wisconsin & Massachusetts Avenues, NW. The entrance to the church driveway (Lychgate Road) is on the East side of Wisconsin Avenue, between Washington National Cathedral and Massachusetts Avenue.
Satterlee Hall is in the first building on your right as you enter Lychgate Road.
Ground-level parking is available on the street (DC parking restrictions apply) and on the campus of St. Alban’s Church and Washington National Cathedral (after 3:30pm Monday – Friday, and all day Saturday & Sunday).
Underground parking is available in the Cathedral’s parking garage (for detailed information on rates and hours of operation please visit www.nationalcathedral.org ).
Part rehearsals may be scheduled over the course of the concert season. They are normally scheduled on Saturday mornings as well as Sunday and Monday evenings, and the locations vary.
There are usually two rehearsals with the instrumental ensemble for each concert cycle and they normally take place in the performance venue. Every effort is made to schedule full rehearsals on evenings and weekends, but some unavoidably fall during business hours on weekdays.
There are no dues for singing members of Choral Arts.
Chorus members are asked to purchase a portion of the music performed during the season, which is theirs to keep. Additional music will be available on loan without charge from the publisher or the Choral Arts music library. These titles must be returned in good condition after their use or a replacement fee may be charged.
Singers are also asked to purchase a large-format black choral folder, which is theirs to keep.
Chorus members are asked to purchase the standard performance attire.
Sopranos & Altos:
Black concert dress (available for sale through the office)
Black shoes (with closed heels and toes) and black socks or stockings
Tenors & Basses:
Black tuxedo or suit
Black bow tie (red bow tie for Christmas concerts)
White dress shirt
Black shoes and black socks
Choristers may make a need-based request for a waiver of charges for music and/or performance attire.