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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 30th 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 Church of the Epiphany 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.

 Excerpt from the Concert of 12/8/17

Excerpt from the Concert of 12/8/17

"Gloria in Excelsis"

On December 8, 2017, we performed a concert entitled "Gloria in Excelsis" at 10th and G in Washington, DC.  To hear an excerpt from this concert:

Gloria in Excelsis

 Excerpt from the Concert of 4/28/18

Excerpt from the Concert of 4/28/18

"The Music Makers"

On April 28, 2018, we performed a concert entitled "The Music Makers" at Church of the Epiphany in Washington, DC.  This concert featured Mezzo-soprano Vivien Shotwell as she and the Chorale performed a world premier arrangement for small ensemble by our own Andrew Jonathan Welch of the "The Music Makers" by Sir Edward Elgar.  To hear an excerpt from this concert:  The Music Makers