Carol Boyd Leon

olam tikvah chorale

The Olam Tikvah Chorale is a friendly, welcoming, adult volunteer choir in the heart of Fairfax, VA.

The Chorale rehearses weekly and performs at community and synagogue events. Carol is the founding and current musical director.

Rehearsals are held at Congregation Olam Tikvah, 3800 Glenbrook Rd, Fairfax, VA on Tuesday evenings from 7:30 pm to 9 pm, with a break at 8 pm during minyan. Membership in the Chorale is open to all who can sing tunefully. No experience necessary. Ability to read music is helpful but not required. 

OT Chorale singing Tzadik Katamar Play Song | Stop

The focus is on contemporary liturgical music but the group also sings Israeli songs, holiday songs, “traditional” tunes... and occasionally performs Broadway hits in a cabaret-like setting.

Some choirs disband in the summer. The Olam Tikvah Chorale, however, has too much fun to take the entire summer off so the group meets about twice a month through the summer.

The choir took part in a June 2016 diversity concert sponsored by a grant from the Fairfax County Council on the Arts. In addition, the Chorale recorded a few songs for a CD of diversity-concert songs.

For more information about joining the OT Chorale at any time, come to a Tuesday evening rehearsal beginning at 7:30 p.m.or, better yet, let Carol know of your interest in advance so she can be ready to greet you!


OT Chorale Schedule for 2016-2017

Rehearsals are Tuesdays, 7:30-9:00 p.m. at Olam Tikvah on each date shown unless otherwise indicated


  • Nov 1 rehearsal
  • Nov 15 rehearsal
  • Sat, Nov 19 OT Talent Show, arrive 8 pm for 8:15 performance, choir attire
  • Nov 22 optional rehearsal at Rodef Shalom for Sing for Hope concert, 7:30 pm
  • Sun, Nov 27 optional Sing for Hope concert on steps of Lincoln Memorial, 4-5 pm
  • Nov 29 rehearsal
  • Dec 6 rehearsal
  • Fri, Dec 9 Shabbat evening service at Greenspring Village
  • Dec 13 rehearsal
  • Sun, Dec 18 Hanukkah concert at The Jefferson (arrive 2:15 for 2:30 concert)
  • Dec 20 pre-Hanukkah potluck dinner, 6pm at Carol's home


  • Jan 3 rehearsal (David North will conduct first part of rehearsal)
  • Jan 10 rehearsal with Mosaic Harmony
  • Jan 17 rehearsal
  • Jan 24 (7:30 pm) joint rehearsal at Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 2709 Hunter Mill Rd, Oakton
  • Sat, Jan 28 (5:30 pm rehearsal, 7 pm concert) UN International Peace Day concert, 5460 Western Ave, Chevy Chase, MD

  • Thur, Feb 2 (7:45 pm) joint rehearsal at Beth Emeth, 12523 Lawyers Rd, Herndon
  • Feb 7 (7:45 pm) joint rehearsal at Carol's house
  • Thur, Feb 16 (7:45 pm) joint rehearsal at Beth Emeth, 12523 Lawyers Rd, Herndon
  • Feb 21 (7:45 pm) joint rehearsal at Carol's house

  • Fri, Mar 3 (8 pm service, arrival time TBA) Beth Emeth Shabbat evening service, 12523 Lawyers Rd, Herndon
  • Mar 7 rehearsal - may be cancelled
  • Mar 14 rehearsal
  • Mar 21 rehearsal
  • Mar 28 (7:30 pm) combined choirs rehearsal at Temple Rodef Shalom

  • Sun, Apr 2 (10:30 am) spring concert at The Virginian, 9229 Arlington Blvd, Fairfax
  • Apr 4 (7:30 pm) combined choirs rehearsal at Temple Rodef Shalom
  • Wed, April 19 (7:30 pm) combined choirs rehearsal at Temple Rodef Shalom
  • Sun, Apr 23 JCRC Yom Hashoah event, 5 pm rehearsal, 6 pm dinner, 7 pm event at JCCNV
  • May 9 rehearsal
  • May 23 rehearsal
  • Jun 6 rehearsal
  • Fri, Jun 9 (arrive 7pm for 7:15 service) at Greenspring Village Shabbat evening service
  • How about a picnic at Carol's house on Sun, Jun 25? Let's discuss
  • Jun 20 rehearsal (tentative)
  • Jun 27 rehearsal (tentative)