Founded in 1902 as a women’s chorus, the Arioso Chorale of the Friday Morning Music Club became a mixed chorus in 1986. Now beginning its sixth year under the direction of Mr. Paul Leavitt, the Chorale continues its efforts to become a major contributor to the Washington, DC musical scene, dedicated to musical collaboration, as it is usually accompanied by an orchestral ensemble.
The Arioso Chorale planned three concerts this year—each concert having two performances on successive nights—and all performances held at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation on Capitol Hill. On November 2 and 3, 2018, the Chorale shared the risers with Chorus B from Paris, France. The chorus is directed by Béatrice Estellon-Florentin, who is a colleague of Mr. Leavitt. This program featured a mixture of a cappella works and the Fauré Requiem. The second concert, on January 25 and 26, 2019, included the Poulenc Stabat Mater and the Mozart Davide Penitente. The Chorale’s third concert of the season, Opera Meets Broadway, will be held on May 9 and 11, 2019. Bizet, Borodin, Wagner, Verdi, Strauss, Sondheim, Bernstein, and Rodgers will be featured on the program.
No events are currently scheduled.
Chorale rehearsals take place on Sunday afternoons from 1:30pm – 4:00pm.
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 in order to establish capability and part placement.
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