The core mission of Choralis is also reflected in our education, professional development, and community outreach programs. We support the future of choral music with programs for high school singers and for young adults pursuing careers as soloists and conductors. Choralis also regularly offers sing-alongs and workshops 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 12-16 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
J. Reilly Lewis Outstanding Merit Award Winners
In 2017, Abby Hendricks was 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 was a Choralis High School Singing Scholar and had been a long-time member of the Cantus youth choir program previously offered by Choralis. Abby used the $1000 merit award to support her first year of study as a theatre major at DePaul University.
The 2018 winner of the J. Reilly Lewis Award for Outstanding Merit award was Rachel Bell, a Choralis High School Singing Scholar who also sang with the Echos chamber ensemble this season. Rachel will use her merit award to support her college studies beginning this fall.
Young Artists Competition
The Choralis Young Artists Competition gives young professional singers an opportunity to be featured soloists in a Choralis concert.