Since 1993, Washington Performing Arts Society’s Children of the Gospel Choir has showcased some of the city’s uniquely talented young voices in their own distinctive style of high energy performances, highlighting the rich tradition of gospel music while giving the Washington area audiences a glimpse of their versatility and appreciation of other genres of music. The WPAS Children of the Gospel Choir collaborates with noted music directors from throughout the Washington region, who enhance the choir’s training, performance quality and disciplinary skills. In addition to showcasing the talents of local youth, the choir program promotes an environment of self-confidence, teamwork and respect, and provides students with life learning tools to aid in personal and artistic growth.
For over a decade, the choir has performed with an array of special guests, including Kiri Te Kanawa, Step Afrika!, Kathleen Battle, Sweet Honey In The Rock, Yolanda Adams, Richard Smallwood, Vickie Winans, Dottie Peoples, Donnie McClurkin, and other noted gospel artists.
Some performance highlights for WPAS Children of the Gospel Choir include their recent appearance at the National Prayer Service for President Barack Obama on January 21, 2009 at the National Cathedral; featured performance at the 2009 Holiday celebration for U.S. military families hosted by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, The Washington Post, Welcome to Washington Event at the Harman Center; repeated performances on the NBC Today Show and the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, family performances at The Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C., as part of the 2008 D.C. Mayors Arts Awards program, and other special events.