About the Arlington-Belmont Chamber Chorus

Established in 1975, The Arlington-Belmont Chamber Chorus, also directed by Barry Singer, brings together about twenty singers auditioned from within the Chorale and is dedicated to the performance of choral works on a smaller scale or of a more challenging level than those performed by the Chorale. Our accompanist is Joseph Turbessi.

The Chamber Chorus performs three times annually.

  • In December with a program of holiday music
  • In March (usually with the premiere of a new commissioned work
  • In May with "Music for a Spring Evening" which features an encore performance of our commissioned work and a wide variety of other works

A special tradition of the Arlington-Belmont Chamber Chorus is its annual commissioning and premiere performance of a new choral work by a local, national, or international composer. This practice was initiated by John Bavicchi, the Chamber Chorus’s founder and first Conductor (and current Music Director Emeritus of the Philharmonic Society of Arlington) and continues unabated under the Chamber Chorus’s second Conductor, Barry Singer. Among the creators of some 36 commissioned works, composers recently premiered include Jeffrey Brody, Felipe Lara, Rosey Mei-Kuei Lee, Arial Blumenthal, Pasquale Tassone, and Michael J. Veloso. In 2009 the Chamber Chorus premiered Singing in Tongues by Massachusetts composer Christopher Haynes and in 2010 premiered Three Poems of L.. M. Montgomery by local composer Kenneth H. Seitz.

To see what the Chamber Chorus will be performing this year, please refer to the choral concert schedule.