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 seventh 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 four concerts for the 2021-2022 season—each concert having two performances typically on Thursday and Saturday nights—with performances held at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation on Capitol Hill.
The Chorale plans to open its season on October 14 and 16, 2021 with a performance of Handel’s Messiah. The second concert will be on March 3, 5, 10 and 12, 2022 where the Chorale will present Bach’s St. Matthew Passion (both parts). The third concert will be on April 29 and 30, 2022 where the Chorale will joint forces with Avanti to present the Brahms Requiem.
The fourth concert this year will be a “bon voyage” concert on June 16 and 18 with Paul Leavit’s Requiem as the principle work. The Chorale had planned to take this work to Italy to participate in the 25th season of the Amalfi Coast Festival in June 2020 but with the Corona Virus Pandemic that swept around the globe, it had to be postponed. The Festival staff is already working on bringing the Festival back in 2022 and asked the Chorale to participate. The Festival runs in the month of July and the Chorale will open the Festival.
Chorale rehearsals take place on Sunday afternoons from 1:30pm – 4:00pm at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation (212 Capitol Street, NE, Washington, DC) starting August 29, 2021.
The Chorale Orchestra will begin its rehearsals on September 1, 2021. Most orchestra rehearsals are on Monday evenings from 7:30 -10:00 PM and are held in the Church of the Reformation Sanctuary. One joint rehearsal with the Chorale is scheduled before the start of dress rehearsals.
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 to ensure proper voice placement in the Chorale.
For detailed audition requirements, visit our auditions page.
Instrumentalists interested in playing in the Chorale Orchestra may contact the Chorale Chair at any time for additional details about opportunities to play.
Chorale Conductor & Music Director