Founded in 1902 as a women’s chorus, the Arioso Chorale of the Friday Morning Music Club became a mixed choir in 1986. Now beginning its sixth year under the direction of Paul Leavitt, the Chorale continues its efforts to become a major contributor to the Washington DC community music scene, dedicated to musical collaboration, as it is usually accompanied by an orchestral ensemble.
The Arioso Chorale has planned three concerts for the 2019-2020 season—each concert having two performances typically on Thursday and Saturday nights—and all performances held at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation on Capitol Hill.
The Chorale opened its season on November 1 and 2, 2019, with a concert celebrating the Church of the Reformation’s 150th year of operation on Capitol Hill and featuring Bach’s Magnificat in D Major. The second concert is on January 16 and 18, 2020, and will feature the Verdi Requiem. The third concert will be held on April 16 and 18, 2020. The program for this concert is still under development.
Finally, the Chorale is planning to travel to Italy to participate in the 25th season of the Amalfi Coast Festival. The Festival runs in the month of July and the Chorale will open the Festival. The principal work scheduled is the Leavitt Requiem, and there are plans to add at least one other work.
Chorale rehearsals take place on Sunday afternoons from 1:30pm – 4:00pm.
Rehearsals for the fall concert will begin on August 25, 2019
In addition to the Solo & Chamber performance opportunities, soloists are encouraged to contact Mr. Leavitt about opportunities to sing on Chorale concerts during the year.
Singers in all voice parts are encouraged to join the Chorale. Singers new to the Club and the Chorale can expect to be auditioned by Mr. Leavitt about opportunities to sing on Chorale concerts during the year.
For detailed audition requirements, visit our auditions page.
While the majority of the Chorale’s operating budget is drawn from FMMC’s General Fund, the Chorale also draws from a fund dedicated to its use. For information on how to contribute to the Chorale Fund, please go to our donations page.
Chorale Conductor & Music Director