You are invited to join the 2016 Fall Season of the World Bank IMF Chorus! Come join us for a weekly dose of beautiful music and friendship. We will be singing Rutter's Magnificat and seasonal music. Concerts dates are not set yet but we are planning them for December.

We meet every Tuesday 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.

For news and updates, join our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/164989773648463 or join the World Bank Spark community at: https://spark.worldbank.org/groups/world-bank-imf-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 is the Music Director of the World Bank-IMF Chorus.
She received her education at the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, earning Bachelor and Master degrees in Piano Performance, and a second Masters in Arts Administration. For more than 25 years Sonya has served as organist and choirmaster at several churches. Currently she is Director of Music (Organist and Choir Director) for St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Washington DC.
She was on the music faculty of the College of Southern Maryland where she taught piano and music history and directed the Prince George's Community Chorus for 7 years. As an organ recitalist she has played at St. Thomas, Fifth Avenue, St. Albans Abbey, and Washington National Cathedral among many venues. She has led choirs on four international tours to Italy, Austria, the Czech Republic and England. Sonya has served on the boards of the Association of Anglican Musicians and the Royal School of Church Music. She was invited to participate in ecumenical panels at the Louisville Seminary and the Calvin Institute that discussed ways to enliven worship, and writes a weekly contribution to the Daily Cup, a St. Alban’s blog. Her husband Eugene is the Episcopal Bishop of Maryland, and their blended family has four children.


Jenny Craley Bland,
Assistant Music Director and Rehearsal Accompanist, retired from the World Bank in 1995 after working there as a translator for over three decades. During that period she started out as an alto with the World Bank-IMF Chorus, then served as the group’s accompanist for many years, and spent several more years as its conductor. She also led a madrigal group, Jenny and Friends, which performed lesser known Christmas carols in the Bank’s various lobbies during the holiday season.
Jenny is assistant music director and rehearsal accompanist for the Victorian Lyric Opera Company, has played for the Washington Savoyards for a number of years, and has worked with youth groups at the Buxton Gilbert and Sullivan Festival in England.  She is also a member of the Ad Hoc Singers.