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Lift your spirits and stir your soul in an afternoon of powerful and inspiring works that chronicle the ongoing and multifaceted struggle for civil rights in the United States. An eclectic mix of new music, interwoven with poetry and dance, gives voice to the stories of those who have fought and continue to fight for equality, justice and freedom.

JOIN US for a multisensory experience as we celebrate the
human spirit and the power of people to rise above oppression.

 

Washington, DC Premiere

LIKE DUST I RISE

Mark Hayes' four-movement song cycle
based on the poetry of Maya Angelou

SUNDAY, NOV. 19 - 4:30 PM

Church of the Epiphany
1317 G Street, NW, WDC


TICKETS: $18 - $36

IN COLLABORATION WITH:

Joy of Motion Dance Center
Alexandria Harmonizers
Unique Sounds of Love
Capitol Movement
Chris Urquiaga

AUDITIONING

ADULTS and YOUTH for the

2017-2018 Season

 Congressional Chorus and American Youth Chorus 
are a part of a family of choruses that reflects the diversity of our city.
Committed to engaging our audiences through innovative programming,
we perform an eclectic variety of choral music. 

We strive to create music of the highest artistic quality in an environment that is
creative, supportive and fun!
 
AMERICAN YOUTH CHORUS

CONGRESSIONAL CHORUS

Auditioning students
ages 8 to 14 for our
after-school music program at 
Capitol Hill Arts Workshop 

Auditioning all voice parts:
Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass 
ABOUT THE CHORUSES
AYC is made up of
70 singers, ages 8-14, 
divided into a junior and
senior division, 
now starting our 10th season
CC is a 100-voice
adult SATB chorus,
focusing on American music,
now beginning our 31st season
Tuition assistance program
enables EVERY AYC child to participate,
regardless of socio-economic
background
CC is an auditioned chorus
with members from 
diverse professions
all across the metro region

(You do NOT have to be a member of
a Congressional staff to sing.)
Venues have included:
The White House, US Capitol Building, Library of Congress,
National Building Museum, The Filmore Silver Spring,
National Archives, The Kennedy Center, and
the Atlas Performing Arts Center
REHEARSALS
Youth Rehearsals are held at
the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop
from 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Ages 8-10 rehearse on Tuesdays
Ages 11-14 rehearse on Thursdays
 
Adult Rehearsals are held 
on Mondays at 7:00pm
at Calvary Baptist Church,
located one block from the
Gallery-Place Chinatown metro.
 
To schedule a Youth Audition,
contact Susan Kennedy
at 301-502-4952, or email AYCManager@congressionalchorus.org.
To schedule an Adult Audition,
contact David Simmons
at 202-629-3140, or email DSimmons@congressionalchorus.org.

Auditions for adult and youth choruses

 
Congressional Chorus/American Youth Chorus will be holding auditions over the summer for the 2013-2014 season. For the adult chorus, please contact the office for more information at 202-399-7993 x182, or email info@congressionalchorus.org.

For the American Youth Chorus, please contact AYC Manager Susan Kennedy at AYCManager@congressionalchorus.org to schedule an audition appointment.

IMAGINE: a 70s Cabaret


Imagine: a 1970s Cabaret was a complete success!!  All four shows (March 21-24) were sold out weeks in advance.  The chorus and 7-piece band rocked to hits from great artists such as ABBA, Queen, John Denver and Billy Joel to a packed house at the Sprenger Theatre in the Atlas Performing Arts Center.




The 2014 Cabaret New York on the Potomac will move away from the decade theme of the past seven years, featuring music with the Big Apple as the central theme.   Look for ticket info in December 2013.
 

CHORAL RHYTHMNS CONCERT

Congressional Chorus kicked off its 26th season at Church of the Epiphany on Saturday, November 17th with Choral Rhythms, a collaborative concert featuring the Congressional Chorus' 70+ singers, Afro Blue jazz ensemble from Howard University, two dance companies from  Joy of Motion Dance Center, and the University of Maryland Percussion Group.

The nearly packed audience rocked along with rhythmic choral works such as Sorida and Bata Yetu, as well as harmonious ballads like Hope is the Song and At Morning's Twilight.  Featured on the program was the premier of a new choral work from Afro Blue founder and director Connaitre Miller, which was commissioned by Congressional Chorus alto Rosalie Person.  Composer Rand Snell was also in the audience to hear his piece Hammerhead, which was commissioned for the University of Maryland Percussion Ensemble.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Season Highlights

Artistic Excellence and Records Broken

Congressional Chorus had a fantastic 25th anniversary season with 95 singers participating throughout the year. The opening concert “AMERICAN TAPESTRY: Our Story in Song” took the audience on a journey of over 200 years of American history through texts by American historic figures and poets put to music. The concert featured One Land, an updated and expanded orchestral version of the 20th anniversary commission by Rand Snell.

American Youth Chorus grew to 70 students in its fourth season. In the fall concert “AMERICAN VOICES / GLOBAL SONGS,” students sang in English, French, and Chinese. The audience was swingin’ in the “JAZZ: Made in America” spring concert, which included songs by Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Dizzy Gillespie, and Dave Brubeck.

Congressional Chorus sold out the four March 2012 performances of “SHAKE, RATTLE & ROLL: A 1950s American Cabaret” almost a month in advance, even after adding another performance to this year’s schedule.

Congressional Chorus & American Youth Chorus ended the season with “SINGING AMERICA’S SONGS: A Silver Anniversary Concert” in June 2012. This concert at National City Christian Church included Broadway, gospel, jazz, folksongs, and contemporary works. It featured the world premieres of two pieces Congressional Chorus commissioned: Be It Therefore Resolved by nationally renowned composer Joan Szymko and Dreams by 20-year-old Chris Urquiaga, who also shared his talents as one of the pianists for the concert and received a standing ovation for his piece. Congressional Chorus alumni joined both choruses for Why We Sing.

Singing Around Town: From H Street to the White House

In addition to the regular season concerts, members of Congressional Chorus & American Youth Chorus performed at free events in the community as well as private engagements.

In December, Congressional Chorus & American Youth Chorus joined Capital City Symphony for the popular annual free holiday sing-along concerts at the Atlas Performing Arts Center.

Members of Congressional Chorus sang at the Senate Thanksgiving Lunch, the American Institute of Architects conference reception at the Newseum, and at Sidney Harman Hall for "Happenings at the Harman."

Members of American Youth Chorus sang at the Library of Congress, the H Street Festival, and the March of Dimes national kick-off event at the Ronald Reagan Building. The senior division sang for over an hour at a holiday reception at the White House, where First Lady Michelle Obama spoke with the young people and shook hands with everybody.

In the News

There was a lot of buzz about Congressional Chorus & American Youth Chorus in the media this spring:

  • This February 2012 article in the Hill Rag describes the “infectious camaraderie” of Congressional Chorus and gives a glimpse into a rehearsal for the cabarets. Two singers who helped found the chorus reflect on the early years of the chorus.
     
  • This March 2012 article in the Hill Rag profiles American Youth Chorus, preparations for AYC's jazz concert, and the difference the chorus makes in the young people's lives.
     
  • This May 30, 2012 article in Roll Call features Congressional Chorus’ origins on Capitol Hill, how the chorus has grown in 25 years, and enthusiasm from current Hill singers working on both sides of the aisle who are united by their love of singing.
     
  • Artistic Director David Simmons and 10-year-old AYC singer Maya McGuire were interviewed by NBC4's Barbara Harrison on May 31, 2012. Watch this video and hear Maya sing part of her solo from the piece written by Chris Urquiaga for the June 2nd concert:

Looking to Next Season

Congressional Chorus looks forward to kicking off its 30th season with Duke Ellington's rarely performed Sacred Concert, featuring our 80-singer chorus, Howard University's  award-winning vocal jazz ensemble Afro Blue, 2014 National Poetry Slam Champions DC Beltway Slam Team, and many more! For more information and tickets, click here.

American Youth Chorus will launch its ninth season with even more singers with their Fall Festival. For more information and tickets, click here

Want to be a part of our next season? Read this about July and August auditions for Congressional Chorus. Students ages 8 to 14 can audition for American Youth Chorus in August.

 

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