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2017-18: Celebrating Carmina's Twentieth Season!

Follow these links for more information about our performances:

  • All performances feature Carmina and Illuminare



  • CarminaFest! - Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, 3:00 pm
  • Holiday Lobbying at the Willard - Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 5:45 and 6:30 pm
  • Meditative Magnificence: Music of the English Renaissance with
    Ensemble Gaudior - Sunday, March 11, 2018, 5:00 pm
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About Carmina and Illuminare

Carmina, directed by founder Vera Kochanowsky and assistant director Hubert Beckwith, has been performing early vocal music in the Washington DC area regularly since 1998. Carmina has been praised by both The Baltimore Sun and The Washington Post and was also featured in the Washingtonian magazine articles “Perfect Pitch” and “Good Arts Groups You Might Not Know About.”

The women’s vocal ensemble Illuminare, Carmina’s sister organization formed in 2006, is directed by Vera Kochanowsky. Illuminare has established a reputation in the Washington area for tastefully persuasive interpretations of early repertoire.

Carmina and Illuminare are honored to have received the Choralis Foundation’s 2016 Ovation Award in the category of Best Chamber Chorus in the capital region. The groups are one of four nominees for the 2017 Ovation for Most Creative Programming.

To learn more about our ensembles, please visit About Carmina and About Illuminare, and see our concert schedule at Upcoming Performances. Many of our programs are free or by donation. We hope to see you at a concert in the near future!

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