Wednesday
Aug152018

Artistic Director appointed for fall 2018

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Jerry Kavinski as our first Artistic Director.  Mr. Kavinski will begin conducting the chorus on September 11, 2018.  He expects to complete his Master of Music Degree in choral conducting at George Mason University this year.  He serves as the Director of Music at St. Caherine of Siena Catholic Church in Great Falls, Virginia and sings tenor professionally. 

He sings regularly with the Washington Chorus and the Cathedral Choral Society.  He served as Chorus Master for the NSO's John Williams Program under the direction of Emil de Cou.  He sang at the 2009 and 2013 Inauguration Day Prayer Services for President Barack Obama, the state funderal for President Geral R,. Ford at the Washington National Cathedral, and Papal Vespers with Pope Benedict XVI at the National Shrine of the National Cathedral.  He sang at the NSO Pops Concerts with marvin Hamlisch, Erich Kunzel, and Emil de Cou at the Kenneday Center and Wolf Trap   His solo engagements include Chichester Psalms with the Washington Chorus, Christopher Bell, Artistic Director, BMV22, 24, 161, & 163 with the Washington Bach Consort, J. Reilly Lewis, Director, was Peasant Leader in Euguen Onegin with the National Symphony under Maestro Leonard Slatkin, and Elijah with the Washington Chorus, Julian Wachner, Director and many other performances. 

We look forward to Mr. Kavinski's tenure as Artistic Director as our chorus continues to grow and mature as singers. 

Thursday
May052016

Joshua Brown, Conductor for Four Years Resigns

Joshua Brown, the Conductor of the Washington International Chorus for the past four years is moving on to pursue other opportunities.  He has contributed much to the success of the chorus which has grown from fewer than 20 singers to almost 50 in 2018.  Our concerts have included a wide range of classical music that demonstrated Mr. Brown's versatility as a musician and conductor.  He has been a teacher for our singers, and has been comfortable with raising the quality of a non-professional choral group in which auditions have not been required. We wish him well in his future endeavors.

Mr. Brown, in addition to conducting, is a classical vocalist, and teacher of music.  As a classically trained baritone, he has performed in operas, recitals, and concerts at various venues including the Kennedy Center, Washington National Cathedral, Atlas Performing Arts Center, and many other venues throughout the DC Metropolitan area and abroad. As a music educator, he has taught and conducted musicians of all ages and abilities from Kindergarten to adult. As a believer in the power of music to form bonds of cultural appreciation and human understanding, he very much enjoys being the conductor of the Washington International Chorus.