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Carmina, directed by founder Vera Kochanowsky and assistant director Hubert Beckwith, is in its first season as a men's choir after twenty years as a mixed ensemble. In its new guise, Carmina remains committed to performing early vocal music in the Washington area, as the group has done 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. In 2017 the groups were Ovation nominees for Most Creative Programming.
To learn more about our ensembles, please visit About Carmina and About Illuminare. Be sure to 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!