Mission and Overview

Our Mission

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, educational outreach, and professional development opportunities.  The organization sponsors three 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.  Choralis also sponsors an annual Young Artist Competition to support emerging vocal soloists, and offers a Conducting Fellowship to assist young conductors with broadening their experience.

Overview of Our Ensembles

The ensembles are: Choralis, a 100-person mixed-voice chorus with a paid professional core as well as High School Scholarship Singers; Ēchos, a 20-member chamber ensemble drawn from the ranks of Choralis; and the Cantus Choral Scholars Program for youth in grades four through eight.


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 Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem, Handel’s Dixit Dominus, 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 Choral Scholars Program

The Cantus Choral Scholars Program serves talented young singers in grades 4 through 8, providing both music education and performance experience.  The Choral Scholars are featured in several concerts each season and also make less formal appearances.  Cantus singers are shown at left, preparing to sing the treble choir part of Carmina Burana at the Strathmore Music Center.

    Contact us:

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