The Georgetown Chorale is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1989. The mission of the Chorale is to achieve musical excellence and provide community service while providing an opportunity for individual musical development, expression, and fulfillment.


Our Story

The Georgetown Chorale welcomed Dr. Richard Giarusso as our music director in 2013 at the beginning of our 25th Anniversary season.  Now in our 29th year, the Chorale performs two concerts each season – a Holiday Concert in December, and a Spring Benefit Concert in late April.  Under Dr. Giarusso’s leadership, the Chorale’s repertoire has included both modern choral classics, such as Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Lauridsen's Lux Aeterna, and Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Dona Nobis Pacem, and lesser-known gems such as Respighi's Laud to the Nativity.  In recent seasons, the Chorale has welcomed a number of distinguished instrumental and vocal soloists, and the group released a new recording of the Vaughan Williams Dona Nobis Pacem in April 2017. We are proud to present our concerts in the beautiful sanctuary of the First Congregational United Church of Christ in downtown Washington, D.C. 

The Chorale (originally known as the Georgetown Community Chorale) was founded in 1989.  First organized as an extension course through the School of Continuing Studies at Georgetown University, the Chorale was soon restructured as an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization with the mission of providing community service through music.  Dr. Elaine Rendler, our founding director, stepped down in 2013 after 24 years of leadership.