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 tenth 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 2023-2024 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.
This season, the Chorale plans to present a total of three concerts, each with two performances, with all performances occurring in the Lutheran Church of the Reformation Sanctuary. Prospective singers must audition for the Director to become a Chorale performance member. For more information on concerts and auditions, visit fmmc.org/chorale.
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 in August.
The Chorale Orchestra will begin its rehearsals in September. 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