Who We Are
National Men’s Chorus
2401 Virginia Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20037
National Men’s Chorus, founded in June 1999 by its artistic director, Thomas Beveridge, celebrated its tenth anniversary in April 2009 with a special concert presented at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater.
The Chorus has enjoyed critical acclaim from the outset. Its first concert was hailed by The Washington Post music critic, the late Joseph McLellan, as a “triumphant debut” in a performance displaying “exemplary polish, expression, and control.” Praise has continued over the years. In a later review, The Washington Post said the Chorus “...sang with smooth, well-blended tone, emotional conviction and a clarity of diction that was a pure joy.”
National Men’s Chorus has performed a wide range of classics of the literature for male voices, including sacred, folk, operatic, patriotic, and show tunes. Concerts often feature arrangements of traditional melodies composed especially for the group. In addition it regularly performs original works composed by its founder, Thomas Beveridge and chorus member Fred Gray.
NMC has appeared in concert series at Waterford, Va., and locally under the sponsorship of the Roth Series at Church of the Annunciation in Washington, D.C., as well as at the Providence Presbyterian Church Concert Series in Fairfax, Va. The Chorus has been honored with prestigious concert invitations, including the American Music Festival at the National Gallery of Art, the dedication of the George Mason Memorial, and the National Gallery of Art Sunday Concert Series. It has appeared at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Art Center performing with Alexandria Symphony and with New Dominion Chorale. The Chorus has performed at the new Washington Convention Center and several times at the Convention Center’s earlier venue. In December 2014 it gave a performance at the Birchmere with Debi Smith to an enthusiastic audience.
Music performed by National Men’s Chorus may be heard on three CD’s. Joy! Joy! Joy!, featuring pieces selected from past Christmas concerts, and Memorial Day, 2007, featuring the joint performance of the U.S. Army Chorus and National Men’s Chorus in a 2007 Memorial Day concert, were released last year. An earlier CD release, Life and Liberty, featuring patriotic music with accompaniment by the Washington Symphonic Brass and organist Paul Skevington, has reached sales of over 20,000.