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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

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.

Interested in singing with COTG?

COTG Auditions
We are accepting online submissions for interested singers ages 9-18 from January 3 to January 31 with virtual auditions taking place February 5, 2022. Visit our auditions page for full details. Please email us at gospelchoirs@washingtonperformingarts.org if you have any questions.

Auditions Page


Children of the Gospel Virtual Choir
“Why Do We Sing?”

Children of the Gospel Choir
Panel Discussion: Using Our Voices for a Collective Liberation

Children of the Gospel Choir
Freedom in the Midst of Bondage