The Metropolitan Chorus
Under the direction of Barry Hemphill, The Metropolitan Chorus has been entertaining and enlightening audiences in the Washington, DC area and around the world since 1966. Known throughout the Metropolitan area, TMC calls Arlington, Virginia home. Concert venues have included the Kennedy Center, Constitution Hall, the National Building Museum, Iwo Jima Memorial, Lubber Run Amphitheater and various other community locations in Northern Virginia. The 100-voice chorus provides an opportunity for residents throughout the area to perform a varied program in an auditioned chorus with the highest standards of excellence. Patrons of choral music and those encountering the choral experience for the first time enjoy eclectic programs of great choral works, with an emphasis on 20th and 21st century composers. TMC's chamber ensemble, the Met Singers, performs as the organization's outreach arm at retirement communities, parties and other special events. An integral member of the community, TMC often joins forces with other area performing organizations. TMC increases access to musical performances by offering several free concerts each year. The group has toured internationally several times, most recently to Spain and Portugal in May and June of 2005. TMC has been honored several times by individuals and organizations, including, the Arlington Branch of the American Association of University Women, which presented to TMC its annual Elizabeth Campbell Award for Outstanding Community Arts Group on May 21, 2005. Each year, TMC collaborates on a subscription concert with the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra.