Welcome to the Fairfax Choral Society!

For the past 56 years, the Fairfax Choral Society has uplifted, inspired, and enriched Northern Virginia’s cultural horizon. The simple mission of FCS has remained steadfast over the years: to serve the community by enriching lives through the performance, education, and appreciation of choral art.

Douglas Mears to Retire as Artistic Director

Paul Leavitt Named Interim Director

The Fairfax Choral Society to Perform a Celebratory Concert to Honor Dr. Mears, Bravi, Tutti! Sunday, November 12 at National Presbyterian Church Featuring the Symphonic Chorus, Master Singers, Concert Choir, Organist Eric Plutz, Soprano Natalie Conte and Baritone Matthew Irish

Douglas Mears  (full bio here) will retire as Artistic Director of the Fairfax Choral Society after a final celebratory concert at National Presbyterian Church on Sunday, November 12, 2017, at 5 pm, followed by a post-concert farewell reception. For 37 years Doug has been instrumental, through his inspiring musical leadership, in bringing the Fairfax Choral Society to the forefront of Washington choruses. He joined FCS in 1980 as accompanist, shortly thereafter became Associate Director, and was named Artistic Director in 1991. Acclaimed concert pianist, organist, composer and conductor Paul Leavitt (full bio here) has been named Interim Director of the Fairfax Choral Society.

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Fairfax Choral Society is happy to announce auditions for our 2017-18 season! We will continue auditioning for the 2017-18 season in August and September. Please email us at auditions@fairfaxchoralsociety.org and we’ll notify you once our dates are set. Until then, please feel free to explore our website and peruse our programs.

Fairfax Choral Society Announces 2017-18 Season

The FCS 56th Season opens with a concert in honor of retiring Artistic Director Doug Mears, Bravi Tutti, on November 12.  Concert pianist, organist, composer and conductor Paul Leavitt will begin as Interim Director of the Fairfax Choral Society in November 2017, leading the Symphonic Chorus holiday concert, This Christmastide, on December 2 at Our Lady of Good Council in Vienna, Virginia. He will go on to prepare the Chorus for their March 10, 2018 performance of Mozart’s Requiem and May 12 concert, A Night at the Opera, with the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra as part of their 60th Anniversary Gala both at the GMU Center for the Art Concert Hall in Fairfax City.

The FCS award-winning Youth Program, under the direction of Pat Vaughn, will present two holiday concerts, Christmas with Annandale Youth ChorusesDecember 5, and Shine! with Centreville and Vienna Youth Choruses, December 9.  In the Spring they will perform Harmonoius Art:  Emerald Isle on March 17 and Poetry of Music March 20Spring Follies!, featuring the Annandale youth choruses and select solo acts, will be held May 18.  The season ends with Nonsense, a concert featuring the youth choruses of the Vienna and Centreville campuses, on June 2.  FCS has ten youth ensembles and 15 musicianship classes with three campuses located in Annandale, Vienna, and Centreville. The FCS Youth Program was honored by the Arts Council of Fairfax County with the 2016 Arts Education Award for its outstanding music education program.

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    The Fairfax Choral Society Education Program was awarded the 2016 Arts Education Award by the Arts Council of Fairfax County! Learn more about this prestigious award by clicking here and visiting page 3.

    Check out our Fairfax Council Award video!

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