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Congressional Chorus, a multi-generational family of choruses, champions American music through the performance of an eclectic repertoire, with an emphasis on artistic collaborations and choral music by emerging composers. We strengthen our community through music education and outreach programs to singers of all ages. Our vision is to transform lives and inspire people to embrace our common humanity through the performance of American choral music.
Since its founding in 1987 by Congressional staff who wanted to share their love of singing by reaching out to the local Capitol Hill community, the Congressional Chorus has grown into an organization performing a full season of concerts, providing educational programs reaching singers from ages 8 to 96, and serving members and audiences from throughout the metropolitan area. From an original membership of 13, the 150 members in today’s family of choruses includes a 100-member auditioned adult chorus, a 24-member a cappella chamber ensemble, American Youth Chorus (AYC), a 40-member auditioned ensemble for children ages 8-14, and the NorthEast Senior Singers (NESS), a free musical engagement chorus for senior citizens. The chorus promotes the expansion of American choral music by commissioning new works from a wide array of American composers, and by presenting multi-disciplinary concerts involving dance, poetry and spoken word artists that appeal to an audience of a wide range of ages and interests. Although the chorus performs American music of many genres and time periods, its focus is on promoting new American choral works from the 21st century.