Let's start with the numbers: 170 volunteer singers, 700 alumni, and 20,000 audience members. Notable numbers, but they are only part of Choral Arts' 49-year song. One of the premiere symphonic choruses in the country, it has sung under the world's leading conductors and orchestras, recorded 18 albums, and toured the world. It also boasts a wide-range of local education programs: two annual concerts for 2,600 students and teachers, curricula for K-12 educators looking to unite academics and music, a partner high school program that reaches 1,200 teens, and a community ticketing initiative that offers free concert experiences to clients of nonprofits and members of the military, ensuring that great music is available to all. Each year, over 3,000 young people take part in the Living the Dream/Singing the Dream concert, honoring Martin Luther King, Jr and celebrating his legacy here in Washington. The 2008 recipient of the Mayor's Arts Award for Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education, Choral Arts has a powerful song to sing. Catalogue donors: sing along!

Headquarters: DC-Ward 3

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Montgomery County; MD-Prince George's County; VA-Arlington County; VA-Fairfax County; VA-Loudoun County; VA-Prince William County; VA-City of Alexandria; VA-City of Fairfax; VA-City of Falls Church

Age Groups Served: Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+)

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Asian American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic

Population(s) Served: All

Awards & Recognition

WAMMIE for Best Choral Group, 2013

WAMMIE for Best Choral Group, 2009

WAMMIE for Best Choral Group, 2008

Mayor’s Arts Award, Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education, 2008

WAMMIE for Best Classical Recording, 2006
Celebrating Sacred Rhythms

Washington Post Award for Excellence in Non-Profit Management, 2002

WAMMIE for Best Choral Group, 1999 and 2000

Grammy Award for Best Classical Album, 1996
John Corigliano’s Of Rage and Remembrance,
Awarded to The National Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin, conductor; with certificates to the men of the Choral Arts Society and Oratorio Society

Mayor’s Arts Award, Excellence in Artistic Discipline, 1994


Budget (FY2012)

  • $3 million or higher
  • The current budget for The Choral Arts Society of Washington is: $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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