Know Before You Go

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At the Cathedral Choral Society, we aim to make our concerts accessible for those with special needs and/or physical handicaps. Should you require any special assistance or consideration, please reach out to us so that we can make the concert-going experience enjoyable. Whether that’s finding the best seat, or figuring out where the accessible entrances are, we’re happy to help.

For accessibility questions, please contact our Patron Experience Manager Gabriela Calderon at (202)537-5510.

What should I wear?

There’s no dress code for a CCS concert and we want you to feel at home. For some, the majesty of the Cathedral inspires them to wear business attire; for others, being comfortable is a priority. Though you might feel out of place in shorts and flip-flops, we are happy to have you however you come.

When do I clap?

Whenever you want. Seriously! Sometime in the last one hundred or so years it became the custom not to applaud between movements (large sections of music usually separated by a break with no music). That was never (usually) intended by the composers – nor do we ask that of our patrons. So, clap when and where you are so moved! If you don’t want to be alone in your enthusiasm, you can wait for others to applaud – or simply recruit a crowd to go along with you!

Are there any “rules”?

While the National Cathedral has been our home for nearly 80 years, we are nonetheless guests in the space, and we ask that our patrons show respect for the building and those that work so hard to make it a wonderful and inspiring place to visit. It is a spiritual space, and therefore we hope all visitors will be mindful of their fellow patrons’ experiences as well as their own.

Can I bring the kids? 

Yes! We love seeing young people in our audience. For our 2021.2022 season, children over the age of 2 (or children who need their own seat) must have their own ticket. However, these tickets are eligible for the same pricing as our student tickets.

Here are some tips to make the experience an enjoyable one:

  • We ask that if your child becomes noisy during the performance that you simply remove him/her if possible as some may find the noise distracting. Also, we are often recording our performances for commercial release, and editing out extra noises is very difficult for our engineers.
  • We have coloring books for sale at the entry to the concert (while supplies last).
  • If you are looking for which concert might be more ‘kid-friendly’ than another, give us a call and we’ll help you decide.
  • Pro-tip: seating in the North Transept provides not only a good side view of the chorus and conductor, it is also close to a doorway in case you need to make a quick escape. Ask your box office specialist today!
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