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Arioso Chorale

Choir of the Friday Morning Music Club

Meet the Conductor

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 four concerts scheduled for the 2020-2021 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. We are closely monitoring the situation regarding COVID-19 and recognize that the situation is fluid. We’ll be sure to announce any changes to the following schedule as soon as we are able. 

The fourth concert this year will be a “bon voyage” concert on June 17 and 19 with Paul Leavitt’s Requiem as the principle work.  The Chorale had planned to participate in the 25th season of the Amalfi Coast Festival in June 2020 but it had to be postponed due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.  The Festival staff is already working on bringing the Festival back in 2021 and asked the Chorale to participate.  The Festival runs in the month of July and the Chorale will open the Festival.

2020-21 Season


Chorale Rehearsal Schedule Orchestra Rehearsal Schedule

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). Rehearsals for the fall concert will begin on August 23, 2020.

The Chorale Orchestra will begin its rehearsals on September 14, 2020.  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.

Soloist Opportunities

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.


Instrument players interested in playing in the Chorale Orchestra may contact the Chorale Chair at any time for additional details about opportunities to play.


Chorale Chair

Chorale Conductor & Music Director