Who and what we are:

The Washington International Chorus is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, tax-deductible nonprofit organization that exists for the sheer enjoyment of singing classical music. Singers are committed to performing music that is representative of various countries by tapping into the vast potential of cultural diversity in the Washington DC metropolitan and surrounding areas. We believe that choral music is particularly suitable for demonstrating the cultural richness of the world's peoples and communities. We are a secular, classical chorus although as we explore other cultures' music we sometimes include traditional and modern arrangements of indigenous songs. 

Transcending mere language, live choral performance allows audiences to experience the beauty, complexity and distinctiveness of living cultural heritage. At the same time, it serves as a reflection of positive cultural encounters and exchange, in which diverse traditions and languages communicate through art and come together through song.

The Washington International Chorus is open to singers of all ages 16 and up who have a desire to develop an international repertoire of choral music. We invite people from other countries who may be in the Washington area temporarily or permanently to join us in singing choral music from their countries while learning music from other cultures. We feature traditional and contemporary choral literature, including familiar and lesser known compositions, new works, and arrangements of folk or indigenous tunes. We do not require auditions although having some experience with choral singing is helpful.

Board of Directors, 2018

The Board meets quarterly to discuss chorus affairs.

Board of Directors:  Caroline Sparks, Rebecca Rizvi

Officers: President/Treas, Caroline H. Sparks

Vice-President and operations manager: Rebecca Rizvi

Ex officio: Artistic Director, Jerry Kavinski


The Washington International Chorus is a non-profit organization. The President is serving currently as the Director/CEO of the chorus.  The Vice President is serving as the operations manager. Artistic Director beginning fall 2018 is Jerry Kavinski. Our accompanist is Stephen Bertino.  The management is responsible for ensuring rehearsal venues, procuring copies of music for singers, making arrangements for performances, and fund-raising. Business decisions about the chorus are made by the management. We welcome volunteers, either singers or non-singers to assist in these functions by joining our operating committees.  Please contact Caroline Sparks at 202-236-3743 if you wish to join one of our committees. 

Committees:(September 2018) (Searching for new members!)


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