About Carmina

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CARMINA (Latin for “poetry” or “songs”) is a chamber choir devoted to exploring the diverse musical styles of the Middles Ages through the Baroque. Since its debut in 1998 the group has performed regularly in the Washington area, making appearances at such venues as the National Gallery of Art, the National Cathedral, the National Presbyterian Church, Anderson House, and the German Embassy. Carmina often presents joint concerts with other local ensembles: partners have included Armonia Nova, the Bach Sinfonia, the Capitol Hill Chorale, the former Washington Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble and Orchestra of the Seventeenth Century, Ensemble Gaudior, the Chesapeake Viol Consort, and the Washington Kantorei as well as sister ensemble Illuminare.

Carmina has been praised by both The Washington Post and The Baltimore Sun, which noted the group’s “gorgeous tonal balance.” In 2002, Washingtonian magazine included Carmina in its list of “Good arts groups you might not know about.” The same year Carmina won a special grant for new and emerging artistic organizations from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, which helped fund its performances of the medieval miracle play The Son of Getron.

Since its inception in 2004, the Washington Early Music Festival has regularly invited Carmina to participate. Both Carmina and Illuminare were invited to take part in the Washington Arts Group’s 2007 international convocation in a showcase performance, An Evening of Brillance, Past and Present, which also featured several internationally known artists and ensembles. Area choral directors nominated Carmina in 2013 for the Choralis Foundation’s annual Greater Washington Choral Excellence “Ovation” Award for Best Specialty Group, in the category of Early Music.

Carmina’s two CDs, A Carmina Sampler and The Son of Getron, are available at concerts and through this website.

Listen to Carmina and Illuminare

Click here to hear samples of some of Carmina’s and Illuminare’s best performances.

Carmina and Illuminare on CD

Click here for ordering information for A Carmina Sampler and The Son of Getron, as well as Illuminare Sings! and Motets for 4, 5, and 6 Voices by the Palestrina Choir of Washington.

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About the Singers

Carmina’s singers hail from the greater Washington DC area and have a strong interest and practiced expertise in early music.


Some of Our Past Concerts