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Next Upcoming Session:
April 18, 2024

Smithsonian Chorus: Legends of Broadway

In-Person Rehearsals and Performance

13 Session Evening Program

13 sessions from March 7 to June 6, 2024
Upcoming Session:
Thursday, April 18, 2024 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET
Code: 1P0839
S. Dillon Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Dr SW
Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit)
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(Photo: Norwood Photography)

Join fellow Broadway lovers in a choral program celebrating some of the great songs from the Great White Way! Drawing from shows such as West Side Story, Hair, and Wicked, Ernest Johnson leads the ensemble in arrangements of the tunes you know and love. Songs may include favorites by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, Kander and Ebb, and others selected by the conductor. (The final song list and musical arrangements are chosen to fit the specific vocal and musical abilities of the group.)

No audition is required. However, it is important that participants are able to sing on pitch; have a basic understanding of musical notation; can follow a choral score as music is rehearsed; and practice their vocal part by listening to rehearsal links that are provided. Singers receive general instruction in vocal techniques that include exercises in healthy breath management for singing and improving your singing tone and range.

Johnson is a choral conductor and music educator who has worked with singers and musicians of all ages for more than 45 years. He was director of choirs at West Potomac High School in Fairfax County, Virginia, for 25 years, where he was twice honored as Teacher of the Year. His past positions as choral director also include the Maryland Choral Society, the Fairfax Chorale, and the Heritage Presbyterian and Aldersgate United Methodist Church Chancel Choirs in Alexandria. He was an adjunct professor at George Mason University, and is currently active as a guest conductor, teacher, and clinician throughout the area.

General Information

  • Rehearsals culminate in a free performance on June 6. Reservations are required.
  • 12 sessions plus performance. No rehearsal on March 28.
  • Registration for this performance will end by 2 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 7, 2024.
  • Refer to our health and safety information for in-person programs.
  • No series tickets are available.