A Sneak Peek at Our 2018-19 Season “Making a Difference”

Choralis will continue to offer  a mix of high-quality performances, education opportunities, and community arts enrichment in our 2018-19 season, entitled Making a Difference.  As Choralis marks its 19th annivesary season, we will be using our  major concerts not only to present music of different styles and emotional intents but to  “make a difference” for other charitable or social services organizations.  A sneak peek of our concert season and the other ways that Choralis will be Making a Difference follows.

  • July/August 2018: Summer Sings Series – Choralis will offer community enrichment through three “Summer Sing” events at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Falls Church. Each time, community members will be invited to sing-through a choral masterwork, led by Artistic Director Gretchen Kuhmann and with professional soloists, and piano accompaniment.  A July 17th Sing will be of the Fauré Requem and Rutter Requiem; an August 21st Sing will be of Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem (in German), and an August 28th Sing will be of Mendelssohn’s Elijah.
  • September 2018 (date TBA): Young Artist Competition – Emerging vocal soloists will compete at Fairfax Presbyterian Church to be featured soloists for the October 14th  Choralis concert.  The competition will be open to the public.
  • October 14, 2018: “The Trumpet Shall Sound” – Choralis and Echos will offer music for choir, brass, and pipe organ, including Josef Jongen’s Mass (Op. 130), at National Presbyterian Church (Washington, DC).  Attendees will be invited to bring used instrument donations for a charity to provides instruments to low-income youth.
  • December 2, 2018:  A concert and sing-along of Handel’s  Messiah to support organizations assisting Fairfax County homeless. With strings and pipe organ, Choralis and guest soloists will perform Part I of Messiah, with the audience invited to sing-along on the choruses.  Patrons who bring a food or toiletries donationfor the food pantry and hypothermia shelter programs at Fairfax Presbyterian Church will receive a ticket discount.  The concert will be held at Fairfax Presbyterian Church.
  • December 7 and 8, 2018: “A Classic Brass Christmas” Concert – Choralis and Echos  and The Classical Brass Quintet will perform holiday favorites at two festive concerts: one at Church of the Epiphany (Washington, DC) and one at Providence Presbyterian Church (Fairfax).  Proceeds from a “conducting raffle” and concert sales of our CDs will benefit Facets, a transitional housing organization in Fairfax.
  • March 9, 2019: “My Song is Love Unknown” – A special Choralis chamber enseumble will perform music by Francis Pott and other contemporary British composers  Attendees invited to bring clothing donations for the “Court Attire” program of Fairfax’s Domestic Violence Action Center.
  • June 2, 2019: Mendelssohn’s “Elijah” – Choralis will perform Mendelssohn’s oratorio masterpiece, with orchestra, at National Presbyterian Church in Washington, DC.  Soloists will be Kerry Wilkerson, Baritone; Danielle Talamantes, Soprano, Kristen Dubenion-Smith, Mezzo-Soprano, and Dennys Moura, Tenor.  Attendees will be able to purchase bottles of water to benefit a “clean water access” charity.
  • June 5, 2019 (date tentative): 10th Annual Greater Washington Area Choral Excellence (Ovation) Awards, established by Choralis to recognize outstanding contributions to the choral music community as well as outstanding performances and programming,

Singers interested in joining Choralis for the 2018-19 season should email: auditions@choralis.org to schedule an audition.  Information about the audition process is provided on the Auditions page of this website.

Choralis also will continue its exceptional High School Singing Scholars (HSSS) program through which 12 high school-aged singers participate as full members of Choralis with waivers of the membership dues, and Choralis also will offer free concert tickets to many area high school choirs.  Please visit the Education page of our website for more information about the HSSS program and how interested young singers can audition.

    Contact us:

  1. The Choralis Foundation
    PO Box 6012
    Falls Church, VA  22040
    (703) 237-2499 (t)
    Email: info@choralis.org