Fairfax Choral Society Inc

A nonprofit organization

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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:

  • Musical Excellence: As responsible stewards of the choral instrument and art form, we seek always to produce the highest quality music.
  • Artistic Integrity: We strive to honor the artistic vision of the composer, believing that as performers our craft is not to interpret, but to reveal.
  • Passion: Our passion for choral art transcends notes on a page and allows music to speak to the soul.
  • Commitment: The choral art is a community enterprise that is sustained by the wholehearted commitment of every member.
  • Respect: We demonstrate respect for all art forms and toward every person and organization with whom we interact.
  • Artistic Opportunity: We believe that the arts are not for the privileged few and that choral music uniquely offers everyone immediate and active participation in the re-creation of great works of art.

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!

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