The Choralis Foundation was founded by Artistic Director Gretchen Kuhrmann in 2000 to nurture a passion for choral music by offering excellence in choral performance and educational outreach. The organization sponsors five auditioned ensembles, offers education programs for both youth and adults, and is the creator and sponsor of the Greater DC Area Choral Excellence (Ovation) Awards, which recognize excellence in the field of choral music across Metro DC.
Overview of Our Ensembles
The ensembles are: Choralis, a 100-person mixed-voice chorus with a paid professional core; Ēchos, a 20-member chamber ensemble drawn from the ranks of Choralis; and three youth choirs, Cantus Liberi, Cantus Medius, and Cantus Primo.
Lauded by reviewers for The Washington Post and other publications, Choralis annually presents a season of choral masterworks as well as works by contemporary composers and world music. Recent performances have included Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast, Verdi’s Requiem, and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, as well as the world premiere of Bob Chilcott’s Gloria.
Ēchos is known for exceptional musicality and artistry, with a sound described by The Washington Post as “…full-bodied and thrilling.” The ensemble performs a wide range of choral repertoire and styles each season.
Cantus Youth Choirs
The Cantus Youth Choirs Program ensembles welcome children ages 5-14, providing both choral music training and music education. The choirs are featured in several concerts each season. The select Cantus Primo choir is shown at left, preparing to sing Carmina Burana at the Strathmore Music Center.