As part of its mission, The Washington Chorus is committed to nurturing the next generation of choral singers. The following summarizes some of the programs offered as part of TWC's commitment to education:
DC Honor Ensembles
In collaboration with DC Public Schools, Washington Performing Arts, George Mason University, and The Air National Guard Band, the annual DC Honor Ensembles program unites DCPS students from across all eight wards of the District of Columbia. Students in grades three through twelve join together for a two-day festival of intensive rehearsals, culminating in a free and open-to-the-public concert.
Side by Side
Each year, the Side by Side program selects up to two outstanding local high school choruses to partner with The Washington Chorus for the unique experience of rehearsing and performing alongside a world-class symphonic chorus for one concert program each winter. During the Candlelight Christmas concerts, the high schools perform their own set of music as well as sing within full chorus.
Tickets for Teens
One of the Chorus' most popular programs, Tickets for Teens offers about 400 free tickets annually for local youth to attend TWC concerts at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets for Teens helps to foster the next generation of enthusiasm for the performing arts, gives students an alternate social outlet for the weekend, and offers additional opportunities for parents to spend quality time with their children.