The Archdiocesan Choir of Washington D.C. was formed in February of 2022 with the encouragement and blessing of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon. The ensemble is comprised of singers from parishes in the Diocese of Washington. They sing for Church services throughout the area, including ordinations, conferences, assemblies, and hierarchical liturgies. Additionally, they present concerts with the goal of sharing Orthodox music to the larger community around Washington DC.
The choir hopes to promote musical and liturgical education in the Diocese while bringing together singers from all the area parishes. We welcome singers high school age and up who want to serve the Archdiocese through music.
Juliana Woodill is a choral director and National Board Certified Teacher in Fairfax County, VA. She grew up singing in the Orthodox Church and has participated in choirs since the age of eight. Being surrounded by beautiful choral singing in a church context set her on the path to becoming a conductor. She received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Musical Theater from Westminster Choir College. She studied conducting with Dr. Joe Miller, and sang with the Westminster Symphonic Choir under the baton of many conducting greats including Christoph Eschenbach, Neeme Jarvi, Pierre Boulez and Kurt Masur. During her time at Westminster, she conducted the choir at Joy of All Who Sorrow Orthodox mission in Princeton, NJ. She continues this work today as the choral director of the Archdiocesan Choir of Washington, D.C. and loves the opportunity to bring the musicianship and skills of the choral world into the church setting. Throughout the last year of Covid she has spearheaded several national Orthodox virtual choir projects as both editor and conductor in addition to many virtual projects with her high school choirs. She believes strongly in the importance of beautiful, healthy singing in conjunction with a fundamental understanding of musicianship skills for all her choirs.
Juliana began teaching in 2009 and has taught music across all ages in Fairfax County Public Schools. She currently teaches chorus at Fairfax High School. Her choirs consistently receive superior ratings at local and state adjudications. In the Fall of 2018, her choir Bella Canzone, from Lanier Middle School, performed at the Virginia Music Educators Association Conference. She is also a clinician, guest conductor and trained adjudicator who judges auditions and assessments throughout Virginia. She has worked on the curriculum development team for choral music in Fairfax County and serves as the President for the Fairfax County Choral Directors Association. She has presented talks and workshops on sight reading, sound building and conducting techniques at state education and church conferences and was a featured conductor at the International Symposium of Orthodox Church Musicians Conference in 2016 and 2018. She has taught as a guest lecturer and conductor at both St. Tikhon’s and St. Vladimir’s Seminaries. She is currently the conductor at All Saints of America Mission in Alexandria, VA.