Education

Overview

Education is a core mission of Choralis, and this commitment is reflected in the breadth of our education and professional development programs.  We support the future of choral music with programs for young singers from grades four through high school, as well as programs for young adults pursuing careers as soloists and conductors.  Choralis also regularly offers workshops and other programs that give community members the opportunity to sing and learn about choral masterworks as well as contemporary choral music works.

 

High School Singing Scholars Program

The High School Singing Scholars (HSSS) Program is a hallmark of Choralis and the most comprehensive program for high school singers offered by any Washington, DC-area chorus.  Each year we accept up to 16 talented high school singers who then participate and perform as full members of Choralis for the entire season. The scholars also spend dedicated time with members of the artistic team to provide further learning opportunities and mentoring.  All scholars receive a full waiver of Choralis dues.  In addition, two exceptional singers are selected as the Brimberry Scholar and the J. Reilly Lewis Scholar, and receive additional benefits. Students interested in participating in the HSSS program should send an email to: auditions@choralis.org.

High School Singing Scholar Abby Hendricks receives the first J. Reilly Lewis Outstanding Merit Award

Abby Hendricks is the recipient of the first J. Reilly Lewis Outstanding Merit Award, an annual award established by Choralis to honor the late Dr. J. Reilly Lewis, a long-time member of the Choralis Board of Advisors.  Abby just finished her final year as a Choralis High School Singing Scholar, and had been a long-time member of the Cantus youth choir program before that.  An exceptional and dedicated performer and Choralis volunteer, Abby will use the $1000 merit award to support her studies at Boston University, where she plans to major in theatre.

 

 

 

 

Cantus Choral Scholars Program

The Cantus Choral Scholars Program (CCSP) is an auditioned ensemble for talented young singers in grades 4 through 8.   The Cantus Scholars work together with some of the Washington area’s finest musicians, including CCSP Director Margaret Woods and Maestra Gretchen Kuhrmann.  In addition to preparing a variety of music for concerts, students receive specialized vocal instruction, hone sight reading and other musicianship skills, and learn about choral composers and masterworks both through instruction and by attending Choralis concerts.

Cantus Scholars discover the joy of choral singing and developing musical skills, enjoy the satisfaction of offering exceptional music performances to the community, and make new friendships rooted in a common interest and common goals.

In addition to performing with Choralis and in their own concerts, Cantus choirs have sung for programs at the International Children’s Festival at Wolf Trap, The Music Center at Strathmore, and The George Mason University Center for the Performing Arts.  

Rehearsal and Performance Schedule

The Cantus Choral Scholars meet/rehearse on Tuesdays, from 6:00-7:00 pm, beginning in mid-September.  Rehearsals are held at The Falls Church Episcopal Church, 115 E. Fairfax Street, Falls Church, VA.

The 2017-18 CCSP performances will include:

  • A Classic Brass Christmas: Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 7 pm,, The Church of the Epiphany, Washington, DC and Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 7 pm, Providence Presbyterian Church, Fairfax, VA. Presented by the entire Choralis family of choirs and The Classical Brass Quintet, this concert offers a dramatic candlelight processional, both traditional and new holiday music, a carol sing-along, and a conducting raffle.   
  • A Choralis Cabaret!, Saturday, February 24, 2018 (date tentative) at 7:00 pm. Cantus and Choralis singers will offer solo, small group, and full group renditions of Broadway and other favorite tunes as the audience enjoys table seating and food and beverage hospitality.
  • May Music, Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 4:00 pm, National Presbyterian Church, Washington, DC. The CCSP ensemble will perform its spring program as the beginning of an afternoon of music, followed by Choralis’s main spring concert.

The Cantus Scholars also will make several “pop-up” appearances in public settings, bringing choral music to non-traditional locations, and finish their season with a special “summer intensive” program the last week in June, which will include a final performance.

Program Tuition and Fee Information

Annual CCSP tuition is based on a sliding fee scale that takes into account family size and income.  The maximum annual rate for the 2017-18 program is $450 per child, and a $50 discount is given on tuition for a second or third child from the same family.

There also is a music fee of $30 for the year, but it is waived for families whose children receive a discounted tuition rate of $250 per child or less.Tuition totaling more than $250 for a family may be paid in two monthly payments of 50% of the total due. (The first payment will be due at the first rehearsal following enrollment in CCSP and the second payment will be due 30 days later.)

Concert attire also must be purchased, which consists of black slacks and a specific white blouse for girls and black slacks, a white dress shirt, and black tie for boys, and black socks and shoes.  Financial assistance with the purchase of concert attire will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  A Cantus t-shirt for informal performances is provided at no charge.

Auditions

Auditions for the Cantus Choral Scholars Program can be arranged by sending an email to: auditions@choralis.org.

 

Young Artists Competition

Choralis sponsors an annual Young Artists Competition that gives aspiring young vocal soloists the opportunity to be featured in concert with Choralis. The winners also receive a cash prize and their names are included in publicity for the concert.  Competition winners for the coming season will be guest artists for the Handel Messiah chamber choir performance, with orchestra, being offered on March 11, 2018.

The 2017 Young Artists Competition is being held on Saturday, October 14 , 2017.  The competition is open to singers aged 22 to 32.  Additional information and the application can be found here. There is a $35 registration fee that may be paid by check or online through this link.  The application packet and fee must be submitted by October 2, 2017.

 

Conducting Fellowship

Each year Choralis extends a Conducting Fellowship to a young conductor who is interested in gaining podium experience with choral groups.  The Conducting Fellow gains skills and experience by leading rehearsal warm-ups and preparing and directing Choralis and Echos in at least one piece at a concert.  The Conducting Fellow also sings as a member of Choralis to gain the further benefit of observing Maestra Kuhrmann’s conducting techniques.  A modest stipend is provided to defray any expenses associated with the Conducting Fellowship.  More information about the Conducting Fellowship can be obtained by emailing: office@choralis.org.

 

Workshops and Festivals

Choralis regularly programs workshops, singing days, or festivals that are open to the community.  One example is the “Come and Sing with Bob Chilcott” days we have sponsored in recent years.  In these workshops, Mr. Chilcott has led attendees in singing his newest and most popular compositions for Oxford University Press, and discussed his work as one of the most popular current composers of choral music in the world.  In a 2015 “Come and Sing”, Mr. Chilcott was joined by British composers Cecilia McDowall and Francis Pott, and all participated in a “Composer Q&A” session as part of the day.  In a 2016 “Come and Sing,” Mr. Chilcott and Maestra Kuhrmann also conducted a master class on conducting, with four developing conductors leading portions of the singing for the day.   

Another example are the Choralis “Summer Sings,” in which community singers are invited to join with members of Choralis in a sing-along of a choral masterwork, under the direction of Maestra Kuhrmann, and with professional singers and accompaniment.  We typically offer 2-3 such “sings” at the end of each season.

    Contact us:

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