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2018 WINTER SEASON
If you like to sing, you are cordially invited to join us for the 60th Anniversary Season of the World Bank IMF Chorus!
Rehearsals started on September 5, 2018, but you can still join us for a weekly dose of beautiful music and friendship.

We meet for rehearsals every Wednesday at 1 pm at the United Church, 1920 G Street. No auditions necessary! New voices welcome!
To join the chorus, email us at worldbankimfchorus@gmail.com.

Concert dates/locations:
December 10, 2018, Monday:
12pm - 1pm Dress rehearsal with orchestra;
1pm - 2pm Open rehearsal (audiences are invited), United Church
December 12, 2018, Wednesday at 1pm: World Bank MC Atrium
December 13, 2018, Thursday at 1pm: IMF HQ2 Atrium

Winter Concert Program
From the Four Corners: Music from East, West, North and South – a 60th Anniversary Celebration of the World Bank-IMF Chorus
El cielo canto - Pablo Sosa
Gitanjali Chants - Craig Hella Johnson
Song of the Universal - Ola Gjeillo
Betelehemu - Wendell Whalum/arr. B.Brooks 
Commissioned Work - title TBD - Michael Kelleher
Composed by chorus member Mike Kelleher (tenor), with this choir and the venues where we perform in mind. Mike has done a great deal of research and based the text on speeches by Churchill, FDR and Gandhi during the 1944 Bretton Woods Conference which established the World Bank and IMF.
Audience Sing-Along, including Huron Carol, arr. Terre Johnson.
The Twelve Days of Christmas - Bob Chilcott

For news and updates, join our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/164989773648463 or see the World Bank page at: https://worldbankgroup.sharepoint.com/sites/wbsites/world-bank-imf-chorus/Pages/index.aspx (shortcut: http:/chorus)

The World Bank-IMF Chorus has celebrated the seasons with staff and families since Christmas 1958 when a group of 15 IMF staffers sang carols at the IMF's annual Christmas party. Since then, the group has performed twice a year, attracting members from different countries, professions, and ranges of musical ability. Our members include staff, retirees, spouses, and others in the nearby community. What brings us together is love of singing and the desire to share our talents and our enthusiasm with others in these culturally rich and diverse institutions.

Artistic Director


Sonya Subbayya Sutton has been the Music Director of the World Bank/IMF Chorus, which presents large-scale works for chorus and orchestra twice a year, since 2013. She is a pianist, organist, conductor, and blogger, and founded The Carya Ensemble, which includes her multi-dimensional work with other musicians. Carya projects include a tour in southern France with women’s chorus and harp in 2018, as well as two-piano, choral and opera performances.  She currently serves as the Interim Director of Music at Church of the Epiphany in Washington, D.C. and manager of their Tuesday Concert Series. Freelancing, interim and consulting work take her around the country, drawing from her more than thirty years of experience in building music program in Episcopal churches, including for twenty years at St. Alban’s in Washington, D.C., where she led
professional and volunteer musicians in five ensembles, wrote a weekly blog, and founded a performing arts series which attracted audiences with its innovative programming. Her choirs have sung on tour in Italy, France, Czech Republic, Austria, and in residence at the cathedrals of Wells, Lichfield, and St. David’s. She also served as organist for choirs during residencies at Durham and Canterbury Cathedrals. Her blog can be found at NotesforaNewDay.wordpress.com, where she writes about the intersection of life and the arts, including a series of meditations on Bach’s Goldberg Variations. Sonya earned degrees in music from the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati.  She is married to the Episcopal Bishop of Maryland, the Rt. Reverend Eugene Sutton, and they have four adult children in their blended family.
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