Cathedral Choral Society


The Cathedral Choral Society is the resident symphonic chorus of Washington National Cathedral. The 200-voice chorus is the oldest choral group in Washington, having been founded in 1941. Since 1985, J. Reilly Lewis has conducted the Society in musical masterpieces from plainchant to contemporary works. In addition to concerts at Washington National Cathedral, the chorus has performed in venues around the city and on nationwide radio and television. The Choral Society appeared in the National Symphony Orchestra’s 1998 Beethoven Festival under the baton of Robert Shaw and has performed Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Leonard Slatkin and the NSO at Wolf Trap and at the Kennedy Center. The Choral Society and the NSO have also collaborated on several recent summer NSO in Your Neighborhood concerts and concerts at Wolf Trap. In addition to its subscription concert series, the Society sponsors educational and community events, including a Partner Schools project, pre-concert lectures, Cathedral Sings!, and free summer community concerts. Six recordings made by the Cathedral Choral Society in Washington National Cathedral are currently available, and members of the chorus appear in the PBS television special Denyce Graves: A Cathedral Christmas.
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