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Children's Chorus of Washington

Director: Joan Gregoryk

Children's Chorus of Washington

Now in its 15th year Anniversary season, the Children's Chorus of Washington (CCW) has taken its place among the finest children's choral ensembles in the country, and is recognized for its program and artistic excellence. CCW comprises three performing ensembles and its 170 young singers, ages 9-18, represent over 100 public and private schools in the greater Washington, DC area.

In response to requests from parents, Founder and Artistic Director Joan Gregoryk established this outstanding performance-based choral music education program for children from the greater Washington area in 1996. In Europe, the tradition of children's choral music is centuries old. In the United States, the artistry embodied in the voices of children and the rich musical literature written for them has only been recently been recognized.

In May 2005, CCW premiered The Nightingale, an opera for young voices by the renowned composer Imant Raminsh. The Nightingale was jointly commissioned by CCW, the Glen Ellyn Children's Chorus of Illinois, and the Portland (Ore.) Symphonic Girlchoir. An exciting new production was presented at the state of the art Harman Center for the Arts in May 2009.

The Chorus made its debut at the Kennedy Center in November 1996, with The Washington Chorus in a performance of Ralph Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony. In 1997, at the invitation of Maestro Leonard Slatkin, National Symphony Music Director, the Chorus performed with the NSO and The Washington Chorus in the Washington and New York premieres of The Children's Crusade by Gabriel Pierne, in concerts at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. Other NSO performances include Mahler's Symphony No. 3, Britten's War Requiem, Walton's Henry V, and Orff's Carmina Burana, conducted by Leonard Slatkin. During its 10th Anniversary season, the Chorus appeared in a performance of Mahler's Symphony No. 8 ("Symphony of a Thousand") with the NSO and the major adult choral groups of the Washington D.C. area. This October, CCW will join Choral Arts Society and Spain's Orfeon Pamplones in a performance of the same piece led by one of Russia's oldest and most distinguished musical institutions, the Mariinski Orchestra (formerly the Kirov Orchestra) conducted by internationally known music director Valery Gergiev. In June 2011 CCW has been invited by the NSO to perform Bernstein's Symphony No. 3 "Kaddish", with Cathedral Choral Society, under the direction of John Axelrod.

The Chorus had also performed with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in performances of Carmina Burana and Mahler's Symphony No. 3, conducted by Yuri Temirkanov. The Chorus performed with Choral Arts Society of Washington in the Washington premiere of Philip Glass's Symphony No. 5 and will participate in the premiere of a piece by Finnish composer Olli Kortekangas this spring. Other collaborations and performances include Berlioz's Te Deum with the Cathedral Choral Society and "The Essential Puccini", selections from the composer's operas Turandot and La Boheme, with The Washington Chorus. For its 2009 Spring concert CCW was joined by award-winning children's and folk music duo Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer and African-American music historians Kim and Reggie Harris for a concert celebrating the history of American music, from country to jazz, gospel and folk.

The Chorus has toured internationally to Italy for the 1999 Tuscany International Children's Chorus Festival, which included a Gala Festival Concert in Florence and a performance participation in a Mass at St. Peter's in Rome. 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. In the summer of 2004, CCW toured England and Wales with performances at Ely Cathedral and St. David's Hall in Cardiff. During summer 2006, members of the Chorus toured Brazil and Argentina as part of the Melodia! Children's Music Festival, performing in such venue as Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires. During the summer of 2008 the Chorus toured Italy, for its first International self-produced tour, singing at St Mark's Basilica in Venice and St Peter's Basilica in Rome among other grand venues. During the summer of 2010 the Chorus traveled to South Africa to participate in the Ilhombe South African Choral Festival.

Discography

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Children's Chorus of Washington : Concert Chorus 2006 - 2007 : 00  1 CD : Joan Gregoryk : 

Children's Chorus of Washington : Concert Chorus 2006 - 2007

Review: The CCW is recognized as one of the finest children's choral ensembles in the country, and comprises four performing ensembles, Treble Chorus, Bel Canto Chorus, Chamber Chorus and the 72-strong Concert Chorus. In all, 170 young mixed-voice singers, ages 9-17, who hail from many different communities in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia, are members of the four choruses. The Chorus is directed by highly acclaimed and awarded (including Outstanding Arts Educator in the U.S.) Founder and Artistic Director Joan Gregoryk. Favorites among the 23 mostly accompanied songs are Brunner's "Jubilate Deo," Palestrina's "Salve Regina," Reger's "Maria Wiegenlied," Chilcott's "Hey! Now," Leavitt's "Ose Shalom," Hairston's "Mary's Little Boy Child," the world premier of Barnwell's "Discovered," Copland's "I Bought Me A Cat" and "Ching-Ring Chaw;" and the combined choruses with legendary Sweet Honey in the Rock, singing Barnwell's "Wanting Memories" and "We Are," Kahlil's "Fulani Chant" and Johnson Reagon's "Ella's Song." A wonderful collection from one of America's great children's choral ensembles

Songlist: Gaudete, Jubilate Deo, Salve Regina, Sussex Carol, There Is No Rose, Maria Wiegenlied ( The Virgin's Slumber Song), Deck the Halls in 7/8, Hey! Now, Ose Shalom, Mary's Little Boy Child, Silver Bells, Gloria Tibi from "Mass", St. Leopold Mass - Kyrie, St. Leopold Mass - Gloria, Discovered (World Premiere) , Praise His Holy Name, Old American Songs- I Bought Me A Cat, Old American Songs- Simple Gifts, Old American Songs- Ching-Ring Chaw, Wanting Memories, Fulani Chant, We Are, Ella's Song

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6084c | 00 1 CD | $15.95


Children's Chorus of Washington : Treble Chorus 2006 - 2007 : 00  1 CD : Joan Gregoryk : 

Children's Chorus of Washington : Treble Chorus 2006 - 2007

Review: Renowned and awarded Founder & Artistic Director Joan Gregoryk leads two parts of her Children's Chorus of Washington (DC), the mixed-voice, 9-17 years old singers of the Treble Chorus and Bel Canto Chorus in a live, accompanied collection of songs from their 2006-2007 Season of concert performances. There are 26 songs, well chosen for the high ranges of these young singers. Favorites are the traditional "Gaudete," Burt's "Caroling, Caroling," Walters' "The Cuckoo Carol," the Jewish Folk Song "Mi Ze Hidlik," the traditional tunes "Noel Nouvelet" and "O Christmas Tree," Wu's "Bethlehem Today," Debussy's "Noel des enfants," Thomas's "Walk in the Light," Bernstein's "Gloria Tibi from Mass," J.S. Bach's "Bist du bei mir," and "Wir eilen mit sprachen;" Brunner's "The World is Full of Poetry" and Copland's "Simple Gifts." A lovely, "feel good" collection from the talented Treble and Bel Canto Choruses of the Children's Chorus of Washington!

Songlist: Gaudete , Caroling, Caroling, Praise Ye the Lord of Hosts, The Cuckoo Carol, Mi Ze Hidlik, Hine Ma Tov, Noel Nouvelet, O Christmas Tree, Bethlehem Today, Hanukkah, Light of Lights, O La Nanita Nana, Noel des enfants, The Cherry Tree Carol, Psalm 23, Walk in the Light, Silver Bells, Gloria Tibi from "Mass", Bist du bei mir, Faywood School Songs / Stars, Winds, Colinda, Wir eilen mit sprachen, The World is Full of Poetry, Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans, Old American Songs- I Bought Me A Cat, Old American Songs- Simple Gifts, Old American Songs- Ching-Ring Chaw

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6085c | 00 1 CD | $15.95


Children's Chorus of Washington : 2005 - 2006 10th Anniversary Season : 00  1 CD : Joan Gregoryk : 

Children's Chorus of Washington : 2005 - 2006 10th Anniversary Season

Review: Founder and Artistic Director Joan Gregoryk leads her 81-strong chorus of young men and women in an impressive collection beginning with 12 songs from a 2005 Holiday Concert, and 8 songs from their 2006 Spring Concert. Featured are the Treble Chorus, Chamber Ensemble, Concert Chorus and Alumni Chorus, singly and in combination. Some favorites are John Rutter's "Star Carol," "Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day" and "Jesus Child," "!El Cielo, Cant Alegria," "Sleigh Ride," "Cantate Domino," the lovely "Child With the Starry Crayon," two "Scenes from the Magic Flute" by Mozart, and Stephen Hatfield's "La Lluvia" and "Run, Children, Run." There is light to heavy accompaniment on most songs. This is all beautiful and moving music from this excellent Chorus.

Songlist: This Is The Truth, Salmo 159, El Cielo Canta Alegria, Ave Maria, Cantate Domino, Yism'chu Hashamayim, Away In A Manger, Il Est Ne Le Divin Enfant, Star Carol, Jesus Child, Tomorrow Should Be My Dancing Day, Sleigh Ride, Non Nobis Domine, Child With The Starry Crayon, The Magic Flute, La Lluvia, Ojos Azules, Jabula Jesu, Run Children Run

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8646c | 00 1 CD | $15.95 | Some a cappella Mixed Childrens Choirs


Children's Chorus of Washington : 2005 - 2006 Season - Treble Chorus : 00  1 CD : Joan Gregoryk : 

Children's Chorus of Washington : 2005 - 2006 Season - Treble Chorus

Review: The Treble Chorus of the Children's Chorus of Washington which features 64 voices of children ages 9-17, brings us this nice collection of 22 songs from their 2005 Holiday Concert and 2006 Spring Concert, with Stephen Hatfield as guest composer/conductor. Favorites are "This is the Truth," Daley's "Sweet Was the Song the Virgin Sang," "Torah Orah," "Sh'Ma Yisrael," "Jingle Bell Swing," Handel' "Hallelujah Chorus" from Messiah, the title tune, Mozart's "Laudate Dominum," Stephen Hatfield's "Foggy Birthday Shuffle," and the spiritual "Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho." There is light to heavy accompaniment on most tunes. "Where the Music" is a beautiful, entertaining collection from these talented young singers.

Songlist: This Is The Truth, I Saw Three Ships, Sweet Was The Song The Virgin Sang, Torah Orah, Sh'Ma Yisrael, A New Year Carol, Angels We Have Heard On High, Jingle Bell Swing, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Al Shlosha D'Varim, O Come All Ye Faithful, Hallelujah Chorus, Sleigh Ride, Where The Music Comes From, Un Moto Gi Gioja, Laudate Dominum, Flower Drum Song, Takeda No Komoriuta, The World Is Full Of Poetry, Foggy Birthday Shuffle, Joshua Fit The Battle Of Jericho, Run Children Run

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8645c | 00 1 CD | $15.95 | Some a cappella Mixed Childrens Choirs


Children's Chorus of Washington : 2004 - 05 Season : 00  1 CD : 

Children's Chorus of Washington : 2004 - 05 Season

Review: Now in its 9th season, the CCW, 130 singers ages 9-17 in 2 performing ensembles, the Concert Chorus and Treble Chorus is among the finest choral ensembles in the country and has appeared with symphonies like the National Symphony Orchestra and National Philharmonic, and has toured extensively in the US and Europe. All accompanied, "2004-2005 Season" has 19 cuts, beginning with a live Holiday Concert by the Concert Chorus, the Christmas medley "Salvator Mundi," the spirited "Ma Navu" and "Mayim, Mayim," and the joyous "Christmas natus hodie;" the Chamber Ensemble's "Up! Good Christian Folk, and Listen" and the combined Choruses' "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year." Cuts 9-19 are a live Spring Concert of "The Nightingale," an orchestrally-accompanied Choral Opera for Young Voices, based on the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. Robert Tudor, baritone, Robert Baker, tenor and Katherine Caughlan, soprano have some nice solos in this dramatic, romantic tale. Very professional, impressive material from the CCW, founded so recently by the talented Ms. Gregoryk.

Songlist: Salvator Mundi, O Holy Night, Ma Navu, Mayim, Mayim, Sure On This Shining Night, Christus Hodie, Up! God Christian Folk, and Listen, It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year, The Nightingale

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7968c | 00 1 CD | $15.98 | Some a cappella Mixed Childrens Choirs


Children's Chorus of Washington : 2003 - 2004 Season : 00  1 CD : 

Children's Chorus of Washington : 2003 - 2004 Season

Review: The continued success of the Children's Chorus of Washington has brought us yet another wonderful CD featuring their Concert Chorus and Treble Chorus, under the direction of founder, Joan Gregoryk. This CD includes recordings of both their Holiday and Spring Concerts. You are sure to smile when you listen to these children sing.

Songlist: Psalm 150 , Hatikva (The hope), Hava Nageela, What Sweeter Music, Ding Dong! Merrily On High, Zither Carol, Far Away in Bethlehem Town, Hark! The Herald Angel Sing, O Come All Ye Faithful, The Christmas Song, Domine Fili unigenite, Gloria, Et In Terra pax, Laudamus Te, Domine Deus, Quoniam tu solus Sanctus, Cum Sancto Spiritu, The Lord Is My Shepherd, Give Praise With joyful Song, Suo Gan, Opening Chorus from "the Bartered Bride", Ride On, King Jesus, Run Children Run

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7572c | 00 1 CD | $15.98 | Some a cappella Mixed Childrens Choirs


Children's Chorus of Washington : 2002 - 2003 Season : 00  1 CD : Joan Gregoryk : 

Children's Chorus of Washington : 2002 - 2003 Season

Review: This live recording of the Concert Chorus from Children's Chorus of Washington, led by Joan Gregoryk with accompanist Donald Cotton, features pieces from the 2002 holiday and 2003 spring concerts. Selections include "Personent Hodie," arranged by Rutter, "The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy," arranged by Emerson, "Salut Printemps," by Debussy, "My Heart's in the Highlands," by Bisbee and "O Sapo," by Hatfield. Several pieces from the Holiday concert are accompanied by brass choir. The choir also sings five numbers in combination with the treble chorus.

Songlist: Holiday Concert:(Combined Concert and Treble Choruses:), God Bless the Master (Concert Chorus:), Personet Hodie, Sussex Carol , Ave Maria, Lullaby (from the Cantata "Hodie") (Williams), Schlof Main Kind , Light the Legend , The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy (Spiritual / (Combined Concert and Treble Choruses:), An Irving Berlin Christmas , An American Anthem(Combined Concert and Treble Choruses:), Salut Printemps (Concert Chorus:), Der Neugierge, Blagoslovi Dushe Moya (Bless the Lord, O My Soul), My Heart's in the Highlands , Las Amarillas , When I Was in My Prime , For Elizabeth: Gold, Frank Innocence and Mirth , Let Wildness Sing , Can You Hear? , O Sapo, (Combined Concert and Treble Choruses:), Here's To Song, An American Anthem

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7257c | 00 1 CD | $15.98 | Some a cappella Mixed Childrens Choirs


Children's Chorus of Washington : Sing Joyfully - Holiday Concert Highlights 2001-2005 : 00  1 CD : Joan Gregoryk : 

Children's Chorus of Washington : Sing Joyfully - Holiday Concert Highlights 2001-2005

Review: Founder and Conductor Joan Gregoryk's singers bring us another impressive, lightly accompanied Christmas collection. Especially fine are Benjamin Britten's 4-part "Ceremony of Carols, John Rutter's "Jesus Child," the Rutter-arranged "Il Est Ne Le Divin Enfant" and "Personent Hodie;" standards "O Holy Night," "Away in a Manger," "Sussex Carol" and "O Come All ye Faithful;" audience sing-along "Al Shlosha d'Varim," "This is the Truth" (sung by the combined Concert and Treble Choruses) and many others. Simply beautiful!

Songlist: Make We Merry, Ceremony Of Carols, Lullabye, Jesus Child, O Holy Night, Light The Legend, What Sweeter Music, The Virgin Had A Baby Boy, Hatikva, Jubilate Deo, Away In A Manger, Il Est Ne Le Divin Enfant, Personent Hodie, Sussex Carol, El Cielo Canta Alegria, This Is The Truth, Al Shlosha D'Varim , O Come All Ye Faithful

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8652c | 00 1 CD | $15.95 | Some a cappella Childrens Choir Christmas


Children's Chorus of Washington : Sounds Of Christmas : 00  1 CD : Joan Gregoryk : 

Children's Chorus of Washington : Sounds Of Christmas

Review: Under the direction of founder, Joan Gregoryk, these children shine once again. With beautiful pieces by John Rutter, Benjamin Britten, Bob Chilcott and G.F. Handel, to name a few, you are sure to fall into the Christmas spirit after listening to this beautiful music. This CD represents selections from the past five years of the Children's Chorus of Washington's December Holiday Concerts, and is surely not to be missed!

Songlist: Ding Dong, Merrily On High, Still Still, Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day, Angel's Carol, The Snow, Angels We Have Heard on High, Two Old World Carols, A la Nanita Nana, Le Sommeil de I'enfant Jesus, Shepherd's Pipe Carol, Mary had a Baby, Go Where I Send Thee, Mid Winter, This Little Babe, Never A Child As He, Star Carol, Donkey Carol, Hallelujah Chorus from "Messiah", Sleigh Ride

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7573c | 00 1 CD | $15.98 | Some a cappella Childrens Choir Christmas


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