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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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Date & Time

Begin: June 27, 2023 – 6:00 pm
End: July 2, 2023 – Noon


Washington National Cathedral
Washington, DC


$289 per person thru Oct 15, 2022
$299 per person thru Nov 15, 2022
$324 per person thru March 1, 2023
$349 per person after March 1, 2023

YouthCUE’s COVID Protocols for 2023 Events

At YouthCUE, our first priority is to provide all our participants — teenagers and adults — a safe and comfortable environment for our events. Vaccinations are encouraged but not required for YouthCUE’s 2023 events. All events will follow current CDC guidelines for each of our host venues, and YouthCUE reserves the right to add protocols indicated such as (but not limited to) testing, temperature checks, mask-wearing, and social distancing. Further, it is possible that YouthCUE will require notarized waivers signed by individual participants’ parents releasing YouthCUE from all harm and responsibility for the spread and infection of any disease while participating in the event. If waivers are required, it will be the responsibility of each director to collect the completed and signed waiver forms from their students and to present them in one complete batch to YouthCUE by a deadline to be established and clearly communicated closer to the event. Thank you for your understanding, help, and participation in YouthCUE programs.

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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 opportunity 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.

Register your choir early to enjoy reduced participation fees for you and your students.

Super Early-Bird Registration (Through Oct. 15, 2022) $289 per participant
Early-Bird Registration (Through Nov. 15, 2022) $299 per participant
Standard Registration (Through March 1, 2023) $324 per participant
Late Registration (After March 1, 2023) $349 per participant

Participants include directors, singers, and adult chaperones. A 20% deposit of your total participation fee is due upon registration. This deposit secures your choir’s spot at the Festival. Deposits made are 50% refundable up to 30 days after payment, nonrefundable 31 days and after. See Festival Terms & Conditions for more information. 

Repertoire anthems, transportation and lodging costs not included. Included are all festival rehearsals, performances, activities, Grand Concert in the National Cathedral with full orchestra, livestream of Grand Concert, festival tee shirt.

Signing up for both the Baylor Festival and the Nation’s Capital Festival?
Call Tina McCartney at (210) 557-5245 to find out about our substantial discount.

Detailed schedule provided by October 1, 2022. For now, know the Festival begins on Tuesday, June 27 at 6pm and ends at noon on Sunday, July 2.

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 50-2503A
Lord, for Thy Tender Mercies’ Sake Richard Farrant SATB EC Schirmer EC.0374
Glory Be Heather Sorenson SSAATTBB Shawnee 00357353
Benedictus Brian Lewis SATB Alfred AP.23084
I Choose Love Mark Miller SATB Choristers Guild CGA1491
Psalm 23 Howard Goodall SATB Faber Music AP.12-0571520480
Like a River in My Soul Tim Osiek SATB Beckenhorst BP2159
Lux Beata Trinitas Ola Gjeilo SATB Walton Music WW1931
All Things New Elaine Hagenberg SATB Beckenhorst BP2253
Make a Joyful Noise Taylor Davis SATB Morningstar 50-5320

$289.00 through October 15, 2022. The price increases on October 16, again on November 16, again on February 1, again on March 2. See payment schedule under COST.

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