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, Washington National Cathedral, 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, and Ensemble Gaudior.

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.

Carmina and Illuminare presented Fringe Concerts at the 2017 and 2019 Boston Early Music Festivals, and the groups regularly participated in the Washington Early Music Festival. Both 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 honored Carmina and Illuminare in 2016 with the Choralis Foundation's Greater Washington Choral Excellence "Ovation" Award for Best Chamber Choir. Carmina received an "Ovation" nomination in 2013 for Best Specialty Choir: Early Music, and both groups shared a 2017 nomination for Most Creative Programming.

Carmina’s three CDs, A Carmina Sampler, The Son of Getron, and Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu nostri, are available at concerts and through this website (see below).

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, The Son of Getron, and Membra Jesu nostri and Illuminare’s two recordings, Illuminare Sings! and A Festival of Carols.

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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