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Additional Choral Opportunities 

District XII Middle School Honors Chorus

Sponsored by the Virginia Music Educators Association (VMEA), District XII includes schools from both Arlington as well as part of Fairfax county.  Auditions are usually held in the Fall and the event is in early February. More information will be communicated both in class and on Canvas. Students must be in Swanson Chorus to qualify.

APS Middle School Honors Chorus

The Arlington Middle School Honors Chorus is open to All APS Middle School students. Students are encouraged to participate in their school’s choral program, but it is not a prerequisite for participation in the Honors Chorus. Directed by Christian Banach (Jefferson MS). Auditions are usually held in the Fall with the event in late January.


There is no substitute for daily instruction in chorus at Swanson, but some students want even more opportunities! The listing below is not an endorsement of any of the organizations, but simply a listing for your convenience should you wish to learn about community children’s choruses.

Arlington Children’s Chorus (private, tuition based)

The Arlington Children’s Chorus is a private, tuition-based ensemble that is open to all children with unchanged voices (grades 2-12) in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area.

Children’s Chorus of Washington (private, tuition based)

CCW is based in Washington, DC and welcomes children ages 9-18 and young men with changing voices to audition for its nationally recognized performance-based ensembles (Treble Chorus, Bel Canto Chorus, Concert Chorus, Young Men’s Ensemble).

World Children’s Choir (private, tuition based)

The World Children’s Choir is based in Falls Church and has four different vocal ensembles: Junior Choir, Concert Choir, Bella Voce, and Opera Ensemble. Rehearsals are held weekly in Northern Virginia. They also have an African Drumming and Dancing ensemble with monthly rehearsals and an annual seasonal concert (plus additional concerts by invitation).