About the 18th Street Singers

Founded in 2004, the 18th Street Singers is a fifty-voice ensemble of young professionals living, learning, and working in and around our nation's capital. Named after the road along which many of our members live and play, the group's mission is to reinvigorate a new generation of choral music audiences by offering fresh, spirited interpretations of both traditional and contemporary choral works, while insisting on the very highest standards of performance.

Recent performances at the Kennedy Center, Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony (attended by President Barack Obama), and repeat invitations to the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC have highlighted the group's rising reputation in the nation's capital and beyond. Our diverse repertoire ranges from classical to contemporary, including masterpieces for double choir by the likes of Ralph Vaughan Williams and Frank Martin, American spirituals, folk songs from around the globe, and a continued commitment to the music of emerging contemporary composers such as Eric Whitacre and Ola Gjeilo.

About the Artistic Director

Benjamin Olinsky has directed the 18th Street Singers since the group's fall 2004 inception. Ben is a graduate of Yale University, where he concentrated in political science, music, and math. He has studied choral conducting both at the Yale School of Music with Maggie Brooks and Dr. David Connell and at Westminster Choir College with Dr. James Jordan. While at Yale, Benjamin conducted the Bach Society Chorus and the English Muffins (a madrigal choir), and served as the assistant director of the Yale Summer Chorus. He also served as music director of Out of the Blue, an award-winning contemporary a cappella group. During his time with Out of the Blue, the group toured from coast to coast and around the world. When he isn't directing the 18th Street Singers, Benjamin works in the office of Senator Al Franken.