Nation's Capital Festival of Youth Choirs

Offers participants the “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity of singing in one of the premiere venues in the United States, the Washington National Cathedral.

Spiritual Formation

Providing church for students in the present tense.

Choral Excellence

Through repertoire selection, memorization, and professional orchestral accompaniment.

Leadership Development

Planting seeds with healthy, strong mentoring and opportunity for growth.

YouthCUE's flagship Festival experience in our nation's capital

offers participants the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sing in the Washington National Cathedral with professional orchestral accompaniment.
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Quick Facts

Date & Time

Begin: June 23, 2020 – 6:00pm
End: June 28, 2020 – Noon


Washington National Cathedral
Washington, DC


$274 per participant before January 15
$299 per participant after January 15

The YouthCUE Difference

Quality Choral Music

YouthCUE holds its repertoire selections to the highest standard. We are constantly searching for well-crafted, age-appropriate anthems which highlight the timeless word of God. Our past selections include works from hundreds of composers from all time periods and every imaginable background.

Professional orchestral accompaniment

Most YouthCUE events are accompanied by a professional orchestra. We started this way 29 years ago, and we believe this to be one of the most unique and exciting aspects of our ministry.


Memorized repertoire is the standard for most YouthCUE events. Not only does the group respond better and appear sharper in worship and concert, but the memorized melodies, harmonies and text find their ways into the heart more readily when committed to memory.

What I love about YouthCUE

Reflections on National Honor Choir

“YouthCUE has been an awesome experience because of all the teamwork…it’s united all of us and helped us grow stronger together as well as with our faith in God.

Singing all the songs and seeing all the smiles on peoples’ faces…just seeing everybody from different cultures is also an awesome thing YouthCUE has shown me.”

Mason, NHC '16


“My favorite thing about YouthCUE is the joy you get when you get to sing at the beautiful churches and for the elderly.

YouthCUE (National Honor Choir) gives you the music with high expectations you’ll learn it yourself. I’m a hard worker, but this experience taught me I have to work even harder to be at that level.”

Kathryn, NHC '16


“YouthCUE has taught me a lot of things, especially things that I can use in college, such as the value of teamwork, leadership, and the ability to interact with different people.

Blending our sound, listening to one another and balancing out all of the different parts is definitely a teamwork activity.”

Dominique, NHC '16


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The Nation’s Capital Festival of Youth Choirs offers participants a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity of singing in one of the premiere venues in the United States, the Washington National Cathedral. Accompanied by members of the local professional symphony, participating in the Nation’s Capital Festival of Youth Choirs is an experience every student should have at least once during their tenure in your choir. Rehearsals take place in the heart of Washington, DC at the historic National City Christian Church, church home of President Lyndon B. Johnson during his presidency and location of his state funeral. National City Christian Church features one of the largest and most versatile pipe organs in the world. Originally built by E.M. Skinner in 1930 and rebuilt by M.P. Möller in 1975, the NCCC Chancel Organ today boasts 141 ranks, 9 divisions and 7,952 pipes. Each year, NCCC organists play a short recital to educate participants and give them the opporunity to experience the instrument in all of its glory. YouthCUE purposefully schedules generous amounts of free time each afternoon during the Festival week to allow participating choirs to engage in their own activities. We can assist you in planning an incredible tour by recommending tourist attractions and mission opportunities throughout the Beltway area.

**Early-Bird Participation Fee (Before January 15) $274 per participant
Participation Fee (After January 15) $299 per participant

Participants include directors, singers, and adult chaperones. A 50% deposit of your total participation fee is due upon registration. This deposit secures your choir’s spot at the Festival and is non-refundable. See Festival Terms & Conditions for more information.

What’s Included

  • All Festival activities
  • Grand Concert at the Washington National Cathedral with members of the local professional symphony orchestra
  • Festival t-shirt
  • Professionally-produced recording of the Grand Concert, provided in downloadable format
  • Opportunities for additional concerts at Annapolis Naval Academy, St. Matthew’s Cathedral & First Baptist Church, Washington, DC

  What’s NOT included?

  • All meals
  • Transportation
  • Lodging
  • Festival repertoire octavos
Tuesday, June 23  
5:45pm Gather at National City Christian Church (NCCC), 5 Thomas Circle, NW
6:00pm Welcome
6:30pm Semi-sectional rehearsals
7:45pm Mass rehearsal
8:00pm Meeting with all directors and counselors
9:30pm End – back to lodging places
Wednesday, June 24  
9:00am Mass rehearsal at NCCC
10:20am Transition break
10:30am Semi-sectional rehearsals
12:00pm End for the day Groups on their own for afternoon and evening
Thursday, June 25  
9:00am Mass rehearsal at NCCC
10:20am Transition break
10:30am Semi-sectional rehearsals
12:00pm End for the day Groups on their own for afternoon and evening
Friday, June 26  
TBD Possible mini concert at Annapolis Naval Academy Chapel
Saturday, June 27  
8:00am Arrive at Washington National Cathedral
8:15am Mass rehearsal w/ orchestra
10:15am Mass rehearsal ends, groups on their own until 5:00pm
5:00pm Gather at Washington National Cathedral for group picture
6:00pm Choir Call
7:30pm Grand Concert
8:40pm End of concert and festival
Sunday, June 28  
10:00am Warm up at First Baptist Church, Washington, DC
11:00am Worship
Noon End of Festival

All Festival repertoire is to be learned and memorized prior to the beginning of the Festival. Students will be allowed to use their music for the first few rehearsals before they are asked to put it away and sing from memory. To help students learn the music, a practice recording will be posted here closer to the Festival date.

Anthem Composer Voicing Publisher Catalog Number
Sing to the Lord a New Song Haydn/Hopson SATB Morningstar MSM-2503-A
The Lord’s Prayer Harlan SATB Harold Flammer HL.35022813
Sing and Be Not Silent McDonald SATB Word Music WD.080689335785
Sing Praises to God Goeller SATB Dan Goeller Music CHO-3025
Pilgrim Song Murphy SATB Oxford University Press OU.9780193385573
Open Thou Mine Eyes Harlan SATB Shawnee Press HL.35016336
Sometimes I Hear God’s Music Martin SATB Shawnee Press HL.35020872
For the Beauty of the Earth Rutter SA Oxford University Press OU.9780193407275
I Would Be True Patterson TTBB Carl Fischer CF.CM9398
Oye Mi Clamor, Senor (Spanish) Goeller SATB Dan Goeller Music CHO-4020
I Sing the Mighty Power of God Sterling SATB Robert Sterling Music n/a

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