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of the Gospel Choir

Men and Women
of the Gospel Choir

Artistic Directors


Washington Performing Arts Gospel Programs

The Washington Performing Arts gospel music program has created a powerful sense of community in Washington, D.C. among people with a passion for gospel music. Over the past few seasons, we have focused on honing and amplifying the choirs’ level of artistry by forging new community platforms, partnerships, and collaborations.

We collaborate annually with local partners, including the Washington National Cathedral, Southeast Tennis and Learning Center’s Blacks in Wax program, and a host of local churches. A major highlight of our performance season is our annual partnership with Choral Arts Society of Washington to present Living the Dream…Singing the Dream, an always-sold-out concert at the Kennedy Center, honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In 2017/18, as part of an organizational effort to expand our digital footprint, a number of the choirs’ performances were livestreamed to audiences around the world. The gospel choirs’ holiday performance on the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage and their Concert Hall performance at Americans for the Arts’ Arts Action Summit were streamed to viewers worldwide.

The choirs have also received media attention for their performances that address current societal issues relevant to the D.C. community. Of Thee We Sing was a remarkable commemoration of the 75th anniversary of Marian Anderson’s powerful performance on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Broadcast locally on DCTV and nationally on BET, it featured performances and readings by Jessye Norman, Dionne Warwick, Wolf Blitzer, the Winans Brothers, MC Hammer, and the premiere of a new work by Ysaye M. Barnwell. Most recently, in celebration of COTG’s 25th anniversary, choir members themselves curated an original program, Stay Woke, Still Woke: a youth-driven musical exploration of social consciousness and action with repertoire spanning multiple eras, cultures, and genres. The program was featured in a profile by local NPR affiliate WAMU in June 2018.

View gospel brochure (PDF)

Watch: Children of the Gospel Virtual Choir "Why Do We Sing?"  

Book Washington Performing Arts' Gospel Choirs for an event:

Washington Performing Arts' Children of the Gospel Choir and Men and Women of the Gospel Choir are available for special events in the community. An appearance will include choir, director, and musicians (one accompanist or a three-piece gospel band).

Please send a request letter to Kathy Brewington at least 4-6 weeks in advance, highlighting the following information:

• Name of event and theme
• Date, time, location
• Number of voices needed
• Number of selections
• Any other information that may be necessary

An appearance fee is required. 

To book the choir, email Kathy Brewington, Manager of Choir Operations.