The Choralis Foundation, founded by Artistic Director Gretchen Kuhrmann in 2000, is dedicated to nurturing a passion for choral music in the greater Washington metropolitan area through offering excellence in choral performance and providing educational outreach. Choralis provides opportunities for area singers to participate in, and audiences to enjoy, professional-level concerts and musical experiences. The ensemble is already one of the fastest-growing choral groups in the greater Washington, DC area and has quickly built a loyal following with its high-quality sound and style.
The Choralis Foundation is comprised of five auditioned choirs, including Choralis, a 100-person mixed-voice chorus with a paid professional core. Lauded by The Washington Post as “fully professional in the power of its singing...the variety of its emotional flavors,” the ensemble has performed such choral masterworks as the Brahms Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms, Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast, Haydn’s Creation, Verdi’s Requiem, and Mendelssohn’s Elijah. In 2004, Choralis performed the Washington-area premiere of John Rutter’s Mass of the Children. Choralis is open to adult and talented high school singers.