As budget cuts force schools to eliminate programs in the arts, children’s music programs are becoming increasingly rare. But at CCW, children from kindergarten through high school can experience a world-class music education regardless of their economic status or prior experience. Each year, 300 students perform in dozens of events — some as guest artists with leading adult choruses and orchestras. A robust scholarship program covers tuition and transportation costs that are prohibitive for many families. Children sing in six audition-based ensembles, two non-audition preparatory classes, and the annual city-wide Honor Chorus (workshops and mentoring for DCPS teachers are offered at no cost to students or schools). As co-creators with DC ensembles and youth organizations across artistic disciplines, CCW gives children the space to celebrate their voices and discover the great pleasures of music.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 3

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Montgomery County; MD-Prince George's County; VA-Arlington County; VA-Fairfax County; VA-City of Alexandria; VA-City of Fairfax; VA-City of Falls Church

Age Groups Served: Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17)

Schools They Work In: Washington School for Girls; DC Public Schools

  • Number of children who receive direct instruction annually:   250
  • Performances offered annually:   15-20
  • Rehearsal hours offered annually:   700

Awards & Recognition

Ovation Award for Outstanding Contributions to Choral Music awarded to Joan Gregoryk, CCW Founder & Artistic Director, June 2015.
2014 DC Mayor's Arts Award for Excellence in an Artistic Discipline awarded to CCW, October 2014.
Greater Washington Area Choral Excellence Award for Best Educational Outreach awarded to CCW in June 2014 and June 2012.
Washington Area Music Awards ("Wammies")as Best Choral Group in 2012.


Budget (FY2023)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • The current budget for Children's Chorus of Washington is: $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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