Our mission is to foster and communicate the spirit, diversity, and transformative power of American music while advancing choral excellence, community outreach and affordable music education for all ages in the nation's capital.
From its founding in 1987 by Congressional staff performing choral works of American music on Capitol Hill, the Congressional Chorus has grown into a family of choruses – with over 180 singers – who perform a full concert season and provide educational programs reaching singers from ages 8 to 92 in several areas of the city.
The organization is comprised of the following groups:
- The Congressional Chorus performs a wide range of American music, including blues, jazz, contemporary classical, folksongs, spirituals, Broadway hits, and popular standards, along withworld premiere commissioned works supporting local D.C. artists. Over half of choristers are current or former Capitol Hill staffers, and the group includes several 30-year founding members. The Chorus features a Chamber Ensemble, Dance Ensemble, and soloists who perform in concerts and at private and community events.
- The American Youth Chorus (AYC) is a two-division chorus of students aged 8 to 14, providing students with an enjoyable and supportive curriculum that develops stage presence and teamwork through performances. AYC rehearses at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW), and offers sliding scale tuition based on household income as well as scholarships so that no child or family is turned away due to financial need.
- The NorthEast Senior Singers (NESS) is a free weekly organized chorus, encouraging healthy aging, peer fellowship, and community service for Washington’s older citizens. Rehearsals take place at the Delta Towers assisted living facility in Northeast DC. NESS remains one of the only programs in the District that provides opportunities for senior singers to perform alongside a community of younger peers.