Sechrist Travel




Sechrist Travel continues to host our annual choral festival in Washington, D.C., featuring participation and performance in a 250 voice festival made up of several choruses coming together for a unforgettable event with with Conductor, Composer and Choral specialist, Dr. John Leavitt.  Additionally, qualified ensembles will be selected, by audition, for solo stage time during the event to showcase their own repertoire.

May 23-27, 2018


Dr. John Leavitt,

Artistic Director




Dear Directors and Choristers,

We invite you and your choral ensemble to participate in our annual Nation’s Capital SINGS! Choral Festival in Washington DC, scheduled for Memorial Day Weekend, May 23-27, 2018. So what do we have planned?

First of all, the festival is about making terrific music. I would like to invite you all to join me in rehearsals and a final, formal performance at the historic National Cathedral. The Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, has hosted several Presidential inauguration national prayers services, as well as, state funerals for our Presidents. This historic church will provide the backdrop for a wonderful and memorable music making experience.

Our program will reflect heavily on our history as Americans and feature great spirituals and folksongs native to our country. The program is as follows:

  • Festival Sanctus, Alfred, 00-SV8821
  • Bound for Glory, SATB, Leavitt, Hal Leonard, HL 00232166 (A new inspirational choral collection of American spirituals)
  • The Rhythm of Life, SATB, arr. Leavitt, Hal Leonard, HL 00155849
  • Ose Shalom, SATB, HL 08703343
  • African Alleluia, SATB, Leavitt, Hal Leonard, HL 00155369
  • America, the Beautiful, SATB, arr. Leavitt, Hal Leonard, HL 08703333
  • Polly Wolly Doodle, arr. Leavitt, SATB, Hal Leonard, HL 08754354
  • River in Judea, SATB, arr. Leavitt, Hal Leonard, HL 35018430


Second, Washington DC provides a superlative backdrop of history, culture, and sightseeing. Experience history at great monuments and museums at some of my favorites such as the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, the Smithsonian Museum which includes the famous Air and Space Museum, the Natural History Museum, the National Archives, which houses our country’s founding documents including the Declaration of Independence and Constitution, the Capitol Building, and the White House. Walk the National Mall and see the War Memorials. Take a solemn and historic tour of Arlington National Cemetery. Easy access of the DC Metro makes getting around Washington a snap.

So come join us as we make beautiful music in Nation’s Capital SINGS! Choral Festival. Inspiring and captivating experiences await you!



John Leavitt

Dr. John Leavitt, Artistic Director

Nation’s Capital SINGS! Choral Festival


Your Capital City SINGS! Experience Includes:

– Concert Management

• concert venue: The National Cathedral

• publicity

• official event marquee poster

• official concert PLAYBILL

– A commemorative plaque and a framed replica of the Festival Marquee Poster for each ensemble


– A complete Itinerary handbook for your use

– Luggage Tags for each participant

– Full support of a dedicated Tour Manager and Account Manager to handle the planning aspects of your performance

– Sechrist Travel Tour Liability Insurance coverage

– Sechrist Travel Assistance 24/7 with Emergency Mobile Phone Number

More information about the festival inclusions and costs is available upon request at:

Dr. Leavitt’s Invitation

The Nation’s Capital SINGS! Brochure

The Nation’s Capital SINGS! Ensemble Registration

The Nation’s Capital SINGS! Individual Registration