World Bank-IMF Chorus resumes in Spring 2023! Join our first rehearsal on February 15, 1pm, at the United Church!

Basic chorus info:

If you like to sing, you are cordially invited to 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.

If you want to see the chorus in action and hear us sing, here are a few recordings from our recent seasons:

Winter 2018, El Cielo Canta Alegria - Pablo Sosa: https://youtu.be/AwbIfngPFZA

WInter 2018, Betelehemu - Wendell Whalum/arr. B.Brooks: https://youtu.be/NUo1bmEP5vA

Spring 2019, dress rehearsal for Mozart Requiem at the United Church, where we practice: https://youtu.be/iruBVmPPLDE

And few virtual projects we did diring COVID hiatus:

In the first round, we sang Durme Durme. We send this lullaby from Sephardic Spain out into the world as a message of comfort to everyone who is suffering in this unjust world: https://youtu.be/W4Xvim0K0VQ

Another virtual project we just completed was Joy by Hans Bridger Heruth: https://youtu.be/7AILyOqRl2c

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.

How to join us?

The World Bank–IMF Chorus always welcomes new members. There is NO audition to join, and our members hail from a wide range of professional and musical backgrounds. Rehearsals are held weekly (except during summer) on Wednesdays from 1-2 pm at the United Church, 1920 G Street NW, Washington DC (use side entrance on 20th Street).

The membership fee for each season is $40 which goes to pay for the music director’s salary, rehearsal space, and the cost of music.

Contact us

To join the Chorus or for more information, please contact us at worldbankimfchorus@gmail.com.