Daniel Pink praises benefits of choral singing in new book

In his new book, WHEN: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, author Daniel Pink describes how "Choral singing might be the new exercise."

Watch the CBS News Interview (the whole clip is great, but he starts talking about choral singing around 5:10)

The research on the benefits of singing in groups is stunning. Choral singing calms hearts rates and boosts endorphin levels. It improves lung function.
It increases pain thresholds and reduces the need for pain medication. It even alleviates symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. Group singingβ€”not just performances but also practicesβ€”increases the production of immunoglobulin, making it easier to fight infections. In fact, cancer patients who sing in choir show an improved immune response after just one rehearsal ...
Several studies demonstrate that choral singing delivers a significant boost to positive mood. It also lifts self-esteem while reducing feelings of stress and symptoms of depression. In enhances one’s sense of purpose and meaning and increases sensitivity toward others. And these effects come not from singing per se but from singing in a group.
— Daniel Pink

CCW featured in annual giving guide

We are proud to be featured in Give It Up, D.C., Washington City Paper's 8th annual giving guide, a collaboration with The Catalogue for Philanthropy.

CCW accepts fee-free donations through The Catalogue year-round, and our annual #GIVINGTUESDAY campaign is now live and open through the end of the calendar year.

As you plan your year-end giving, please consider a contribution to CCW. Your financial support means so much to the children our programming serves. Learn more about all the ways you can donate.

CCW chorister featured treble soloist in The Washington Chorus season opener

 Aidan Stanton-Brand and Christopher Bell

Aidan Stanton-Brand and Christopher Bell

Concert Chorus member Aidan Stanton-Brand performed the treble soloist role in Bernstein's Chichester Psalms on Christopher Bell's debut concert as the new Artistic Director of The Washington Chorus last Wednesday evening at The Kennedy Center. An event described as imbued with "new edge and urgency," with "richness ... of concept and of the chorus's tone", Aidan performed admirably.

Aidan Stanton-Brand ... was outstanding in the central solo part of Psalm 23
— Washington Classical Review
Aidan Stanton-Brand gave a reedy, confident rendering of the solo.
— The Washington Post

Bel Canto Delights at Ingleside at Rock Creek

Members of the BEL CANTO CHORUS gave a performance of seven songs for the residents of Ingleside at Rock Creek on Sunday, October 29, 2017. The Ingleside Singers joined the ensemble under the direction of Judy Dodge for a finale of "Go Now In Peace". Thanks to Louise Winfield, the staff of Ingleside, and all the residents who came out to hear the performance.

IMF Annual Meetings Performance

Members of the Chamber Ensemble performed for ministers of finance and other attendees of the IMF Annual Meetings at a midday break between sessions on Saturday, October 14, 2017. Managing Director Christine Lagarde even stopped to listen to some of the nine-song set, parting with her compliments: "Beautiful singing!".