Treble Chorus brings holiday cheer to Rockville Library

Approximately 30 members of Treble Chorus gave a free concert of holiday tunes at Rockville Memorial Library on Saturday afternoon. The room was packed with family and friends from the Rockville community. The repertoire ranged from singalongs to trial-runs of some songs that will be performed at CCW’s winter concert on December 16. Thanks to the Friends of the Library for hosting us in what has become an annual tradition for Treble Chorus. For some choristers, this was the first time they performed with CCW. Congratulations, Treble Chorus!

CCW Shines in American Holiday Festival

In a first-time collaboration with the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own”, Bel Canto Chorus gave four performances of a medley from The Polar Express, “The Angel Choir and the Trumpeter”, “Christmas Morning”, “Silent Night”, “God Bless Us Everyone”, and “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” as part of the Army Band’s annual American Holiday Festival. In addition to performing to sold-out crowds in DAR Constitution Hall, the shows were broadcast live on Facebook and see by tens of thousands of people around the world.

Students performed alongside the Army Band, Army Voices, and the U.S. Army Brass Quintet under the baton of COL Esch and CCW Artistic Director Margaret Nomura Clark.

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"Brilliant", "intense and moving" War Requiem

 Margaret Nomura Clark with members of Concert Chorus at The Kennedy Center with Maestro Noseda of National Symphony Orchestra and Scott Tucker of The Choral Arts Society of Washington after Saturday evening’s performance. Photo: Scott Clark

Margaret Nomura Clark with members of Concert Chorus at The Kennedy Center with Maestro Noseda of National Symphony Orchestra and Scott Tucker of The Choral Arts Society of Washington after Saturday evening’s performance. Photo: Scott Clark

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Members of Concert Chorus gave a stirring rendition of Britten’s War Requiem on Thursday evening, earning favorable reviews from The Washington Post, Washington Classical Review, and The Wall Street Journal. One highlight:

The treble voices of the Children’s Chorus of Washington, now under the leadership of Margaret Nomura Clark, provided the evening’s most moving choral moments.
— Washington Classical Review

The performance was repeated to a sold-out crowd on Saturday evening.

New Logo, New Collaboration

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It’s been almost a year since we unveiled our new logo! We spent months working to find a new visual identity for our chorus, and we were fortunate to connect with Aaron Taylor-Waldman, who expertly guided us through an exploration of our vision of the organization, and what we wanted our logo to say about us.

We asked Aaron to talk about the process from his perspective as a designer, and we thought his response was so wonderfully in tune with what we have been trying to do with our programming that we wanted to share it with you. In an era of intentional and growing collaborations for CCW, this was another artistic pairing that we are happy to have made.

When I was first invited to participate in redesigning the new visual identity for the Children's Chorus of Washington, I knew that it would be a fun and challenging assignment. [We] discussed ways to update the design to better reflect CCW’s prominence among national choral groups, as well as its leadership and cultural influence in the diverse, DC-area communities. 

I set out to create a recognizable mark to distinguish CCW from its peers, while keeping the color red—a key aspect of the organization’s brand, and the uniform—a central element. I learned a ton about CCW throughout the design process, applying insights gained from our conversations directly to sketches of logo concepts that emphasized musicality, youthful energy, regional symbolism, and the cultural heritage of DC.

We found that clusters of primary shapes—circles and chevron-shaped triangles—could be both visually striking, and convey the energy and musicality of youth choral groups. After a few rounds of refinement, we found our new logo: a joyful burst of shapes, extending upwards to reinforce musical and professional growth. 

Bringing music and design together in this way is a true joy of mine—and especially when the output can help an organization grow and reach wider audiences. I drew from my own childhood experiences playing violin and guitar in ensembles, and singing in my school's chorus. I remembered back to singing Handel's Messiah, and almost falling out of the bleachers while belting it out with my fellow tenor ones.

What stuck with me was the unity and energy of the group, and the strength of the friendships formed in this brave new world of junior high chorus. These experiences sparked a lifelong curiosity in music, which I pursued in college, alongside design, and continue to explore in new ways today. 

Thank you all for this wonderful experience, it’s been an honor to be part of CCW’s exciting path forward.

CCW Selected as a Grantee of Bloomberg Philanthropies' Arts Innovation and Management Program

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Children’s Chorus of Washington will participate in $43 million program

Washington, DC — August 16, 2018 — Children’s Chorus of Washington today announced that it is a grantee recipient of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Arts Innovation and Management (AIM) program. The invitation-only program seeks to strengthen the organizational capacity and programming of small and mid-size cultural organizations within Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Denver, New Orleans, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. Through the $43 million multi-year initiative, Bloomberg Philanthropies will provide unrestricted general operating support as well as arts management training in areas that include fundraising, strategic planning, marketing and board development.

AIM targets arts non-profits because of the vital role that they play in building communities, driving local economies and supporting artists. “The arts inspire people, provide jobs, and strengthen communities,” said Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies. “This program is aimed at helping some of the country's most exciting cultural organizations reach new audiences and expand their impact.”

Bloomberg Philanthropies will develop curricula and conduct seminars for the program in partnership with leading experts, including the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland, led by Institute Chairman Michael M. Kaiser and President Brett Egan. AIM organizations will engage in activities that strengthen their long-term health and goals, and will receive one-on-one consultations and implementation support for organization leaders and their boards.

All organizations invited to participate in the 2018 expansion of the AIM program are nonprofits that have been in existence for at least two years. Participating organizations will be required to secure 20% of their AIM grant in matching dollars; reach 100% board participation in fundraising; and maintain up-to-date information in DataArts, an online management tool that assists arts organizations across the country in collecting, learning from, and using data effectively. The grants will be unrestricted to allow recipients to utilize the funds to address their greatest needs.

Since 2011, AIM has helped more than 500 small and mid-sized organizations in all creative disciplines, including theater, visual arts, music, film, literature and dance. Participating organizations reported significant improvements in board development, fundraising and overall income over the two-year program. Watch this video for an overview of the Arts Innovation and Management program:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KJy8DgjRDg&feature=youtu.be.

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Contact: Betsy Bates, Executive Director, 202-237-1005 or bbates@childrenschorusdc.org