Celebrating more than 50 years of choral excellence, the Fairfax Choral Society's mission is to enrich the lives we touch through the performance, education, and appreciation of choral art. With nearly 400 singers, FCS is one of the largest choral groups in Northern Virginia providing opportunities to choral singers from preschool through adult. In working towards our vision, a world where choral music uplifts and inspires all people and unites communities, we have identified six core values that we uphold:
The Adult Symphonic Chorus, comprised of about 120 volunteers who audition annually, is conducted by Artistic Director Dr. Douglas Mears. The Adult Chorus has received rave reviews for its performance of choral masterworks in collaboration with the Fairfax Symphony, Cathedral Choral Society, Choral Arts Society, National Symphony Orchestra, City of Fairfax Band, and other arts organizations in the region. The Washington Post has described the FCS Chorus as "...confident and polished...this chorus produced waves of gorgeous tones and a rich tapestry of color...the effect of some very skillful conducting."
The FCS Youth Choruses, under the direction of Patrick Vaughn and Caroline Crocker, provide singers in grades PreK-12 the opportunity to expand their vocal experience in an auditioned choral program. FCS has more than 250 youth singers at two campuses, Annandale & Herndon, with a third campus in Woodbridge starting in January! The FCS Youth Choruses have sung for choral festivals, schools, church concert series, with the National Symphony Orchestra and the American Youth Philharmonic, at the White House, and in collaboration with other youth choruses throughout the Washington area. Their repertoire includes classical, folk, and the finest contemporary compositions for treble and mixed voices.
In addition to choir, FCS has a rigorous education program that includes nearly twenty different music theory classes for all ages.
Whether as a performer or community member, FCS has a program for everyone!