Auditions for the 2019-20 SeasonCongressional Chorus, an 100-voice Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass ensemble under the leadership of David Simmons, is the only chorus in the metropolitan DC area that focuses on singing an eclectic variety of American music, including world premiere commissioned works, 21st century "new music," blues, jazz, contemporary classical, folksongs, rock, spirituals, Broadway hits, and popular standards. Singers come from all professions and live in DC, Maryland and Virginia.The chorus is an excellent, committed group of singers regularly reaching out to new members through an open audition process. There are rolling auditions throughout the year, depending on space availability in sections. Acceptance into the chorus is based on a number of factors, including, but not limited to, intonation, technique, sight reading skills, vocal quality and previous choral experience.
For examples of our performances, go to the Audio/Video page to hear and see highlights.
Auditions and Rehearsals take place at Calvary Baptist Church, located one block from the Gallery-Place Chinatown metro stop in NW.
To schedule an audition or for more information, please e-mail us at
or call us at (202) 629-3140.
Congressional Chorus' season runs from early September to late May. Rehearsals are held every Monday evening from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm with an occasional Saturday rehearsal. See Performances 2019-2020 for performance dates and times.
Dues for membership in the chorus are $300 for the year. If a singer cannot afford to pay in full, scholarships are available based on need. Members requiring financial assistance will be given a variety of volunteer opportunities to complete in lieu of paying dues. Music dues of $50 per concert are also collected.
Members are expected to promote ticket sales and to help with some of the logistics for a concert, such as helping to set up, distribute fliers, clean up for concert events, and other tasks. Our friends and families form an important part of our audience, and we hope that members will be excited to sell tickets to all of our performances.