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 about 3 times a month and performs at community and synagogue events. Carol is the founding and current musical director.

Rehearsals are generally held at Congregation Olam Tikvah, 3800 Glenbrook Rd, Fairfax, VA on selected 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. 

Listen to OT Chorale singing Tzadik Katamar:

OT Chorale singing Tzadik Katamar

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 throughout the summer.

The choir took part in a June 2016 diversity concert sponsored by a grant from the Fairfax County Council on the Arts and recorded a few songs for a CD of diversity-concert songs. The Chorale will be taking part in a November 2018 combined-choirs concert at The Strathmore.

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 2018

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

  • Jan 2 rehearsal with CBE at Carol's house 7:30-9 pm
  • Jan 9 rehearsal with CBE at Carol's house 7:30-9 pm
  • Jan 16 rehearsal with CBE at Carol's house 7:30-9 pm
  • Jan 23 rehearsal with Mosaic Harmony in Oakton 7:30-9 pm
  • Jan 30 rehearsal with CBE at Carol's house 7:30-9 pm

  • Sat, Feb 3 UN Interfaith Harmony Week Concert, Mormon Visitor Center, Bethesda 7-9:30 pm (arrive 5 pm)
  • Feb 13 rehearsal for Greenspring service
  • Feb 20 rehearsal for Greenspring service

  • Mar 6 rehearsal for Greenspring service
  • Fri, Mar 9 Greenspring Shabbat evening service, arrive 7 pm
  • Sun, Mar 25 (7-9 pm at Adat Reyim) Yom HaShoah combined choirs rehearsals

  • Sun, Apr 8 (5-6:30 pm rehearsal, program at 7 pm) JCRC Yom HaShoah event at the JCCNV
  • Apr 10 rehearsal for spring concert
  • Apr 24 rehearsal for spring concert 

  • May 1 rehearsal for spring concert
  • Sun, May 6 afternoon Spring Concert, time and place TBA
  • May 22 rehearsal for Greenspring service

  • Jun 5 rehearsal for Greenspring service
  • Fri, Jun 8 Greenspring Shabbat evening service, arrive 7 pm
  • June 19 rehearsal
  • July 10 rehearsal at Carol's house
  • July 31 rehearsal
  • Aug 7 rehearsal at Carol's house
  • Aug 21 rehearsal
  • Sep 4 rehearsal
  • Fri, Sep 14: Shabbat evening service at Greenspring Village, arrive 7 pm for 7:15 pm start
  • Oct 9 rehearsal
  • Oct 16 rehearsal
  • Oct 23 rehearsal
  • Sun, Oct 28, 2-5 pm at Washington Hebrew: Combined choirs rehearsal for Strathmore concert (Oct rehearsal schedule may be revised if there are additional combined choirs rehearsals)
  • Nov 6 rehearsal
  • Sun, Nov 11: Strathmore concert, time TBA
  • Nov 13 rehearsal
  • Nov 27 rehearsal
  • Dec 2: Hanukkah concert at Greenspring Village, arrive 2 pm for 2:15 pm start
  • Tue, Dec 4: Hanukkah potluck dinner at Carol's house (spouses welcome)
  • Dec 11 rehearsal
  • Dec 18 rehearsal