As the oldest performing chorus in our nation’s capital and the resident symphonic chorus of the Washington National Cathedral (an Episcopal church), The Cathedral Choral Society is a bona fide cultural mainstay with a well-respected national reputation. Founded in 1941, the chorus of 160 voices frequently collaborates with the National Symphony Orchestra and Washington Ballet.
The Washington Choral Society’s sacred repertoire runs a wide range of stylistic time periods and international sources, as evidenced by its intriguing discography: full-length works by Romantic legends like Hector Berlioz, influential hymns to numerous to mention, and contemporary works like Dave Brubeck’s To Hope! A Celebration and Stephen Paulus’s Mass for A Sacred Space.
In addition to regular choral performances, the society hosts several Cathedral Sings! each season. These sing-alongs of classical masterworks such as Mozart’s Requiem and Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana are open to the public, and singers of all levels are welcome. Unlike comparable sing-alongs hosted by performing arts organizations in major cities, the cost to participate is totally reasonable. Tickets are $10, with a $1 handling fee added for online orders.
Cathedral Choral Society Information
- Public Transportation: Good
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Performances/Programs: Several concerts of choral, sacred, and holiday music each season, as well as sing-alongs and special events
- Ticket Prices: $20–$80. Student Rush tickets are sold at the door at half-price when available
- Subscriptions: Four-event subscription is $76–$304, based on seat selection. Subscribers can purchase additional single tickets at a reduced price
- Membership: Available from $100–$20,000+. Depending on donation amount, donor benefits include program recognition, free concert tickets, and invites to receptions and dress rehearsals.