Callista Gingrich plays the French horn with the City of Fairfax Band in Fairfax, Virginia, promoting musical growth and education among area residents and students. She also sings with the Choir of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, a resident professional choir. Newt and Callista are enthusiastic supporters of the arts. Their favorite musical ensembles follow.
American Youth Philharmonic, Annandale, Virginia
Recognized as one of the leading orchestral training programs in the nation, the American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras (AYPO) provides competitive world-class training and performance opportunities for young musicians ages 7 – 21.
Choir of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, D.C.
Music has a profound impact upon the Basilica’s liturgical celebrations. The Choir of the Basilica of the National Shrine, a resident professional choir, provides the music on Sundays and on principal feast days. The choir also records on a regular basis. In March of 2005, the Choir visited Rome, Italy to honor Pope John Paul II, and recorded a compact disc entitled Pope John Paul II: A Celebration of Life and Faith. A devoted Catholic, Callista Gingrich has been a member of the Basilica Choir since 1996. (Photo Courtesy of Robert Isacson, Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception)
City of Fairfax Band, Fairfax, Virginia
Callista Gingrich plays the French horn with the City of Fairfax Band in Fairfax, Virginia, promoting musical growth and education among area residents and students. The Band performs frequently in Fairfax, Virginia, and has also performed over the years at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The City of Fairfax Band is an all volunteer ensemble that consists of over 120 musicians from throughout the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, and has been entertaining audiences since 1969. The band was awarded the Sudler Silver Scroll by the John Philip Sousa Foundation. The Sudler Silver Scroll is regarded as North America’s most prestigious award for community concert bands.
National Symphony Orchestra, Washington, D.C.
The National Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1931, is an American symphony orchestra that performs at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC.
Washington National Opera, Washington, D.C.
Under the stewardship of General Director Plácido Domingo, Washington National Opera continues to move confidently forward on a great adventure that began when the company was founded in 1956. Five decades and countless artistic leaps later, the Opera has achieved the stature of a world class company and plays to standing-room-only audiences at the Kennedy Center Opera House. The company recently received the designation “The National Opera” by the Congress of the United States of America.