The Reston Chorale has excited audiences with its musical excellence and versatility for more than 50 years. The Chorale was established to provide Western Fairfax County and the Greater Washington Metropolitan Area with the finest in choral music performance produced by amateur and professional musicians from the community. The mission of The Reston Chorale is to promote community interest and participation in, and enjoyment of, choral music. To support a full creative life for all, The Reston Chorale commits to championing policies and practices of cultural equity that empower a just, inclusive, diverse community.
The Chorale is an inclusive mixed-voice chorus with a full repertoire that varies in style from the great choral masterworks of Bach and Beethoven to the American classics of Gershwin and Copland. The Chorale sees choral music as a living art form and embraces the opportunity to expand its repertoire. The Reston Chorale is also proud to provide the opportunity for local composers, musicians, singers and audience to participate in the creation of new music, from its conception through performance. In recent years, the Chorale has premiered works by American composers James Grant, Daniel Gawthrop, David Ott, Scott Solak and others. In March 2004, the Chorale premiered a Julius Williams' composition, A Journey to Freedom, Honor and Glory. With its multimedia staging and a 50-piece orchestra, it is the largest project the Chorale has undertaken.
The Chorale has performed throughout the greater Washington DC area in such venues as the John F. Kennedy Center, Wolf Trap, the George Mason University Center for the Performing Arts and the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. In addition, the Chorale has been featured several times with the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra and has sung with the Arlington, Alexandria, Prince William and Virginia Chamber orchestras. On the lighter side, the Chorale's annual Reston Pops concerts, featuring jazz and popular standards, have become a community tradition. For almost a decade, The Reston Chorale has joined the annual Holiday Tree Lighting at The Reston Town Center. The focal point of this event has been the Chorale, joined by a brass quintet, leading the revelers in singing holiday songs and carols. It has become a favorite way to begin the seasonal celebration.
Governed by volunteers, the Chorale relies on the support of its members, the community and all who support the value of music to enrich the lives and spirits of those who listen, as well as those who sing and perform. The Reston Chorale endeavors to guarantee that these experiences are personal, accessible and affordable for all residents of Northern Virginia.
The Reston Chorale is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization supported in part by Fairfax County in cooperation with the Arts Council of Fairfax County, by the Virginia Commission for the Arts, corporate grants and people like you.