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Washington Performing Arts Men and Women of the Gospel Choir (MWOTG) has celebrated the heritage of gospel music and its related genres with vibrant, dynamic performances in venues across the nation’s capital for more than 25 years. Under Artistic Director Theodore Thorpe III, the choir is dedicated to presenting this American art form at its highest artistic level, performing contemporary and classic works of African American heritage including gospel standards, hymns, anthems, and other choral repertoire. As a resident ensemble of Washington Performing Arts, the choir has shared the stage with a wide array of artists, including Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, the late Edwin Hawkins, the late Walter Hawkins, Ramsey Lewis, and Sweet Honey In The Rock. In 2018, the choir presented a Thanksgiving concert at Duke Ellington School of the Arts Theater, featuring Thomas Allen and local artists Patrick Lundy and Roderick Giles. They have also been featured in Washington Performing Arts’ Of Thee We Sing: The Marian Anderson 75th Anniversary Celebration alongside members of other D.C. choral ensembles, performing with internationally renowned artists including Jessye Norman, Dionne Warwick, Alyson Cambridge, and the Winans Brothers under the direction of Artistic Director Emeritus Stanley Thurston.

In addition to annual performances on Washington Performing Arts’ season, the choir performs regularly throughout the community. Past events have included featured performances at the Washington National Cathedral; the historic Howard Theatre; Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, Mayor’s Arts Awards; The Hamilton; and on Sirius XM Radio.

Interested in singing with MWOTG?

Please email gospelchoirs@washingtonperformingarts.org for information.