Gretchen Kuhrmann, Artistic Director
Gretchen Kuhrmann is the founder and vision for Choralis. A true advocate for choral music in all schools and communities, she has spent her career honing choral ensembles into musically sensitive performers and encouraging young singers to develop their skills.
The daughter of a diplomat, Ms. Kuhrmann traveled and lived around the world including an extended stay in Hamburg, Germany, where she spent her formative years. Before leaving Europe, she toured and performed with her own ensemble throughout Western Europe. Ms. Kuhrmann has had extended musical study at the Hochschule für Musik in Hamburg, the University of Cincinnati College – Conservatory of Music, and the University of Texas School of Music. She holds performance degrees in conducting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and George Mason University. She is an active guest conductor, clinician, adjudicator, and singer throughout the United States.
Both Choralis and Ēchos have been recognized for their musical excellence by audiences and critics alike. Ms. Kuhrmann’s detailed preparation and skillful conducting have earned the groups acclaim throughout the Washington Metro Area and the Eastern United States. Her ensembles have been featured in concert in such prestigious local venues as the White House, the National Building Museum, the Library of Congress, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, The Mansion at Strathmore, Washington National Cathedral, the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, The Music Center at Strathmore, and The Kennedy Center. She has prepared choruses for many notable national and international conductors as well as numerous area diplomatic and political events. Ms. Kuhrmann is also the Director of Music of a very vibrant and celebrated program at the historic Falls Church Presbyterian Church