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Washington Performing Arts Men & Women of the Gospel Choir

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 30 years. Under the leadership of 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 special holiday concert—“With a Grateful Heart: A Gospel Thanksgiving” at Duke Ellington School of the Arts Theater, featuring Thomas Allen and local artists Patrick Lundy and Roderick Giles.

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

Interested in singing with MWOTG?

MWOTG Auditions
We are holding auditions for interested singers ages 18 and older on September 18, 2021. Online Sign-Up is required (deadline: Wednesday, September 15). Visit our auditions page for full details. Please email us at gospelchoirs@washingtonperformingarts.org if you have any questions.

Auditions Page


Men & Women of the Gospel Choir
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