• Fall 2021: Singing Again!

Singing Again!

October 2021

Dear Friends of Carmina and Illuminare,

At long last, our singers have started gathering again this fall for regular rehearsals. We are vaccinated, following CDC guidelines, and singing sometimes outdoors, sometimes indoors with masks and ample separation. After such a long hiatus, it feels good to be making music again, even under the current restrictions. We hope they will soon be lifted!

We are planning two holiday performances: one at DACOR Bacon House on Sunday, December 5 (virtual attendance is open to the public) and the other at the Willard Hotel on Monday, December 6. Please see the details below and watch for the latest information.

With best wishes for a safe and happy fall,

Vera Kochanowsky

Director of Carmina & Illuminare

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Announcing Performances for December 2021!

Celebrating Illuminare's Tenth Anniversary!


Watch for news of our 2019-2020 performances.

Meanwhile, please get to know us!

Follow the links below for more information about our performances:

All performances feature Carmina and Illuminare


  • Illuminare: Green Grow'th the Holly
    with Jody Marshall, hammered dulcimer
    Sunday, December 5, 2021 at 3 pm
    Private performance, public access to live streamdetails
  • Carmina & Illuminare: Holiday Lobbying at the Willard
    Monday, December 6, 2021 at 5:30 & 6:45 pm details
  • The Youthful J. S. Bach and His Forebears
    featuring Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit, BWV 106
    with The Friends of Fasch,
    Thomas MacCracken, director
    Tentative date: Sunday, November 22, 2020 details
  • "Music in the Mountains" Summer Festival
    Cumberland, Maryland
    Tentative date: spring 2021

About Carmina and Illuminare

Carmina and Illuminare are sibling early-music vocal ensembles who regularly perform together, directed by founder Vera Kochanowsky and assisted by Hubert Beckwith. Debuting in 1998, Carmina sang for 20 years as a mixed ensemble. Growing interest led to the creation in 2006 of the women's group Illuminare, which shared members and programs with Carmina while also performing on its own. In 2018, Carmina became a men's ensemble to further enhance the two groups’ sonic flexibility.

Carmina, committed to performing early vocal music in the Washington area, 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.”

Illuminare has established a reputation in the Washington area for tastefully persuasive interpretations of early repertoire. Early Music America lauded its 2015 Fringe Concert at the Boston Early Music Festival.

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 us, 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!

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