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“We are a choir, but we are also so much more than that. We are a family that cares for and loves one another unconditionally. We are all joined by music and each other’s spirits. Nothing compares to the experience you would have with COTG.” – COTG Member

This has been a season of unexpected challenges and opportunities. However, music making and community building have lifted our spirits during this time. We have planned a year of exciting new recording projects, vocal training, and team building for the members of the Children of the Gospel Choir (COTG) that will foster both connections with their peers and growth as musicians. We will surely miss gathering and singing together as we limit in-person interaction in response to the pandemic, but we will not allow these challenges to silence our song. We invite you to audition and join us for our 2020/21 virtual choral season: #AloneTogetherSinging

To learn more about the COTG 2020/21 Virtual Choral Season, please see our season plans on the Performances Page.

Interested in singing with COTG?

COTG Auditions
Auditions for COTG open January 1, 2021. Please review our complete application details.
For more information, email gospelchoirs@washingtonperformingarts.org.

Formed in 1993, Washington Performing Arts Children of the Gospel Choir (COTG) is one of Washington Performing Arts’s resident ensembles. COTG has become a destination choir for local students who look to develop excellence in artistry and technique as a performance ensemble. Chosen through a competitive audition process, choir members from D.C., Maryland, and Virginia commit to participating in a year of choral training, intensive workshops, and a variety of performances on Washington Performing Arts’s main stage and through community events. The COTG program provides opportunities for youth in grades four through 12 and promotes an environment of self-confidence, teamwork, and respect.

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Michele Fowlin, the Children of the Gospel Choir have been featured at the White House (with Sara Bareilles at the Canadian State Dinner honoring Prime Minister Justin Trudeau); the Inaugural Prayer Services for President Barack Obama and the National Memorial Service for Nelson Mandela, both at The Washington National Cathedral; the Washington Performing Arts Gala with Broadway star Matthew Morrison; the historic Howard Theatre; the U.S. Department of State; and on NBC’s Today.