CCW welcomes boys and girls ages 8-18 to audition for its nationally recognized performance-based ensembles.

For younger singers, we invite you to participate in our PREP classes.


Performing Ensembles

Treble Chorus (DC & VA Rehearsal)


The entry-level ensemble meets once a week for 1.75 hours. Singers at this level have demonstrated an ability to match pitch and maintain their part in singing a two-part round. In this ensemble, young singers improve their unison singing skills and begin to sing two-part and three-part songs. Note reading, basic score reading, and basic vocal technique is also developed. Each rehearsal includes 30 minutes of musicianship (theory) class.

The curriculum and repertoire for DC and VA sites are identical. Singers who rehearse in VA are expected to join the main DC rehearsal site for select rehearsals and performances. Most students spend two to three years in Treble Chorus before moving on to the Bel Canto Chorus. Treble Chorus performs approximately four times per season.

Tuition: $1,125 for entire season

DC Rehearsals:
3401 Nebraska Ave. NW, Washington, DC
Mondays 4:45 - 6:30 PM
Director: Donald Cotton
Pianist: Darren Shillingford

VA Rehearsals:
1701 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria, VA
Wednesdays 4:45 - 6:30 PM
Rehearsal Director: Anne Tyler
Pianist: Ashlee Albertson


Bel Canto Chorus

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The intermediate-level ensemble is comprised of two sections: Advanced and Beginning. Advanced Bel Canto (ABC) meets twice a week for a total of 3.5 hours. Beginning Bel Canto (BBC) meets once a week for a total of 2 hours.

Students in Bel Canto Chorus have had some singing experience and are ready to continue their musical development through more challenging repertoire, advanced sight-singing and music reading, and additional performance opportunities. Each rehearsal includes 30 minutes of musicianship (theory) class.

Most students spend two to three years in Bel Canto before moving on to the Concert Chorus. ABC performs approximately six times per season; BBC performs approximately four times per season. Bel Canto Chorus also participates annually in a choral festival with two other east coast children’s choruses. After at least one year in Bel Canto, students have the opportunity to tour internationally every two to three years.

Margaret Nomura Clark

Anne Tyler

Additional Theory Instructor: Darren Shillingford

Beginning Bel Canto Chorus

Tuition: $1,125 for entire season

3401 Nebraska Ave. NW, Washington, DC
Mondays 5:45 - 7:45 PM

Advanced Bel Canto Chorus

Tuition: $1,425 for entire season

3401 Nebraska Ave. NW, Washington, DC
Mondays 5:45 - 7:45 PM and
Thursdays 5:00 - 6:30 PM


Concert Chorus


The advanced-level ensemble meets twice a week for a total of 3.5 hours. Singers in Concert Chorus have established good vocal technique, are excellent sight readers, and can sing independently in four or more parts. Concert Chorus performs at least six times per season, and students have the opportunity to tour internationally every two to three years.

Tuition: $1,425 for entire season

3401 Nebraska Ave. NW, Washington, DC
Tuesdays 6:15 - 7:45 PM and Thursdays 6:15 - 8:00 PM

Director: Margaret Nomura Clark
Assistant Director and Principal Pianist: Lester Green


Chamber Ensemble


A small ensemble of choristers selected from the Concert Chorus meets once a week for 45 minutes. Singers in Chamber Ensemble are identified based on demonstrated vocal and musical abilities, must have excellent attendance records, and must be committed to participating in additional events and appearances. The Chamber Ensemble performs at special events throughout the season. Singers in Chamber Ensemble must maintain concurrent enrollment in Concert Chorus.

Tuition: $200 for entire season

3401 Nebraska Ave. NW, Washington, DC
Tuesdays 7:45 - 8:30 PM

Director: Margaret Nomura Clark
Assistant Director and Principal Pianist: Lester Green


Young Men's Ensemble


This ensemble for boys with changed voices meets once a week for two hours. Young Men’s Ensemble performs approximately four times per season, and collaborates with the Chamber Ensemble to perform SATB pieces. Boys may opt to move into YME before their voices fully change if they demonstrate the necessary vocal and musicianship skills.

This ensemble also tours internationally every two to three years.

Tuition: $1,075 for entire season

3401 Nebraska Ave. NW, Washington, DC
Tuesdays 7:00-9:00 PM

Director: Donald Cotton


Domestic Tours

Bel Canto Chorus participates annually in the 3 Trebles Festival with Princeton Girlchoir and Boston Children’s Chorus, rotating the role of festival host. The Bel Canto trip usually takes place in early April over a weekend. CCW will host the Festival in 2019.

In a non-international tour year, Concert Chorus, Young Men’s Ensemble, and Bel Canto Chorus members age 12 and older may have the option to tour domestically over the summer.

A domestic tour to New Orleans is scheduled for summer 2019. Students will participate in the Crescent City Choral Festival hosted by New Orleans Children’s Chorus.

Domestic Tours typically cost $500-1500 per student.

International Tours

Previous Tour: 2018 South Africa


As an integral part of their CCW experience, international tours provide singers in the Concert Chorus, Young Men’s Ensemble, and Advanced Bel Canto Chorus with cross-cultural experiences that develop personal growth, build bonds, and foster global citizenship. These tours, conducted every other summer, allow our students to sing at prestigious venues around the world and collaborate with local children’s choruses while exploring foreign cultures first-hand. Facilitated by a tour operator who specializes in creating unforgettable cultural and performance experiences in foreign territories, CCW prepares special repertoire that combines the music traditions of America and the destination country.

CCW has toured to Great Britain, Italy, France, Brazil, Argentina, South Africa, China and France. In Italy, our singers performed at a Gala Festival Concert in Florence and in a Mass at St. Peter’s in Rome during the 1999 tour. In July 2002, the Chorus participated in the European Children’s Chorus Festival in Vienna, Salzburg and Prague, performing in such venues as St. Stephen’s in Vienna, University Church in Salzburg, and Smetana Hall in Prague. For its first International self-produced tour, CCW had the opportunities to sing at St Mark’s Basilica in Venice and St Peter’s Basilica in Rome among other grand venues in Italy. CCW participated in the Melodia! Children’s Music Festival during its 2006 tour in Brazil and Argentina, and traveled to South Africa in 2010 and 2018 to participated in the Ilhombe South African Choral Festival. The Chorus performed in Shanghai, Xi’an, Tianjin, Hangzhou, and Beijing during their tour to China in 2013. In the summer of 2015 the Chorus sang in beautiful venues such as Chartres Cathedral and Cathedral Notre-Dame in France.

International Tours typically cost $4,000-5,800 per student.


Our Choristers:

  • Form strong friendships with other students who share the same passion for singing;

  • Meet students from over 120 different schools throughout Metropolitan Washington, DC;

  • Achieve the highest level of choral excellence by mastering vocal technique, learning challenging music repertoire from all over the world, and performing from memory at a range of venues;

  • Learn self discipline and how to work collaboratively toward a mutual goal to become confident, responsible, and compassionate community members;

  • Experience unique performance opportunities as featured guest artists, and with DC’s leading professional groups like the National Symphony Orchestra, The Choral Arts Society of Washington, and The Washington Chorus;

  • Perform all over Greater Washington, DC at churches, libraries, retirement communities, and prestigious venues such as The Kennedy Center, The White House, Nationals Park, the Supreme Court, and various embassies;

  • Become lifelong music lovers.

For more information on the individual benefits of participating in a chorus read The Chorus Impact Study by Chorus America.

Choristers, on being part of CCW

The music reaches a part inside me that only music can reach. The feeling I get is joyful and it makes me feel good about myself.
— Megan, age 12
What I like most about being in CCW is that even though we are just kids, we are pushed to do our best.
— Elena, age 9
I love the different cultures and music that I am exposed to through CCW. It is such a unique way to learn about and explore different cultures through music.
— Lindsay, age 17

Parents, on what CCW Means to their family

[CCW] has given Marley great poise and confidence performing before large crowds.
— Suzanne, Concert Chorus parent
In addition to furthering his music knowledge and vocal development, it’s been a tremendous opportunity to meet kids from all over the DC metro area.
— Carrie, Bel Canto parent
In addition to the marvelous gift of music, CCW motivates creativity, cooperation, discipline and responsibility, while creating a whole new network of friends outside the school environment. The CCW experience has strengthened our child’s self-confidence as she has mastered increasingly challenging music. It has been a perfect complement to her instrumental music education.
— Jacob, Bel Canto parent
His singing has matured and it’s the first extra curricular that I have ever known him to love.
— Danika, Treble Chorus parent
It has given him patience with music and with the challenges of trying to accomplish a large goal with a group.
— Jen, Treble Chorus parent


  • Tuition covers high caliber musical instruction and vocal training, music materials, supplies and activities, conductor’s and accompanist’s fees, and other chorus expenses. It does not cover uniforms, transportation or certain social activities.

  • Sibling Discounts are granted when more than one child in the same family is in one of the performance ensembles (discount does not apply to PREP Class students).

  • Scholarships for our auditioned ensembles are available to those who demonstrate financial need. Contact the office for more information and an application.

Other Expenses

  • Uniforms: Choristers are responsible for buying their own concert uniforms. This includes a formal concert uniform, rehearsal polo shirt, and any other required uniform items necessary in each concert season. Choristers are also responsible for buying all tour uniform items.

  • Concert Tickets: It is expected that each chorus family will attend our own Holiday Concert and Spring Concert each season, and families are encouraged to invite family and friends to attend.

  • Other Expenses: Tours are charged separately from other expenses. Additional expenses may be incurred for lost or damaged music materials.



Auditions are by appointment on select dates in January, June, and August.

Our next auditions will be January 2020.



Girls and boys ages 8-18 are encouraged to audition.

What happens in the audition

  • No need to prepare an audition piece.

  • No previous experience is needed.

  • The auditionee will be asked to sing a simple song like “Happy Birthday,” and follow pitch-matching and easy rhythm exercises.

  • Students may be asked to complete a short musicianship assessment following their audition.

  • Allow approximately 30 minutes for an audition. 

Acceptance and Placement

Based on the audition, the CCW Artistic Director determines which ensemble is the best fit for the student. Once accepted, the young singer joins the chorus for the entire season. Families will be notified via email. 

How to Schedule an Audition

Our next auditions will be in January 2020.