Miriam, Mary, and Maryam – Spring 2018

Sunday, May 6, 2018, at 3:00 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church
305 East Main Street, Durham, NC

Song of the Universal – Winter 2018

Sunday, January 21, 2018, at 3:00 p.m.
University United Methodist Church
150 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC

Fall Retreat 2017

On a gorgeous autumn morning, Women’s Voices Chorus gathered at Church of Reconciliation in Chapel Hill for our annual fall retreat. Every year, we spend a Saturday working to refine our upcoming concert program, while also taking the time to build our bond with our fellow sisters and socialize over an always-amazing potluck lunch.

 

For this year’s retreat, we were honored to have Dr. Nana Wolfe-Hill, an assistant professor of Music and the Director of Choral Activities at Wingate University, as a guest clinician. Dr. Wolfe-Hill’s workshop focused on bringing feminist pedagogy into our choral rehearsal space, which is her main area of research.

 

Feminist pedagogy rose out of the third wave of feminism. It moves away from the hierarchical approach to teaching – the idea that the teacher has all of the knowledge and power – and instead promotes the idea that everyone in the room has something to contribute. In Dr. Wolfe-Hill’s experience, this empowering method of teaching leads to a choral performance that might be less technical, but more engaging and alive as the singers are able to connect more emotionally to the pieces they sing.

 

Dr. Wolfe-Hill guided us through this style of teaching with the use of journaling. As we worked on a song, she would ask us a series of questions and had us write down our thoughts. Then she encouraged us to share our impressions with the room. The discussions that resulted from those questions shaped our perception of the music and deepened each performance as we rehearsed. By using the journals, Dr. Wolfe-Hill helped us to stimulate our right brain, so that as we used our left brain to read the notes and words, we would also use our right brain to feel the emotions in the song.

 

We cannot thank Dr. Wolfe-Hill enough for taking the time to work with us! Her feminist pedagogical approach to choral rehearsal was an eye-opening experience for many of us, one that we will continue to use as we prepare for our winter concert. We hope that by doing so, we will present a concert that is as engaging as it is entertaining!

 

Welcome Home – Summer Benefit 2017

Sunday, July 16, 2017, 3:00 p.m.
Judea Reform Congregation
1933 West Cornwallis Road, Durham, NC

 

Fresh off a choral tour of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, Women’s Voices Chorus will perform a summer benefit concert in support of Church World Service-Durham.

 

The hour-long performance will feature music from the Baltic States and from the United States, connected by the common themes of crossing borders and appreciating cultural differences. Admission is free, but donations will be gratefully accepted and go entirely to CWS; $10 per person is suggested.

 

Church World Service-Durham welcomes refugees and immigrants from around the world into lives of freedom, hope, and opportunity in the Triangle area. CWS staff and volunteers connect new arrivals with community resources and social services in order to meet their immediate needs and to help clients gain the skills and tools critical to achieving long-term self-sufficiency. The Durham office opened its doors in 2009 and is sustained by volunteers and community partners.

 

CWS staff will speak about their vital work in our area and be available to answer questions. Mark your calendar now for this afternoon of quality music and community service!

Bridge of Songs – Spring 2017

Sunday, May 7, 2017, 3:00 p.m.
University United Methodist Church
150 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC

 

Online ticket sales have ended. All tickets purchased online will be available for pickup at the ticket table in the lobby on the day of the concert.

 

Our world is filled with borders: those between countries, between youth and experience, between sleep and wakefulness, between slavery and freedom, between life and death. Come explore these boundaries as we feature music from the United States and from the Baltic States, our destination for a summer 2017 international tour. This compelling concert will include spirituals, folk songs, and new music by contemporary female composers.

 

Tickets are $15.00 for adults and $5.00 for students. To purchase tickets online, please visit our Square store. Please note that all tickets purchased online include a $1 credit card processing fee. All tickets purchased online will be available for pickup at the ticket table in the lobby on the day of the concert.

 

 

A Visit From Lana Walter

Artistic Director Allan Friedman with composer Lana Walter

 

We were honored to have composer Lana Walter visit our final pre-concert rehearsal this week! A former elementary music teacher and the cofounder and director of the Umpqua Youth Choir in Roseburg, Oregon, Ms. Walter is a celebrated American composer and arranger. Over the years, WVC has performed many of her compositions, some of which were works that we commissioned. In our spring concert on Sunday we will perform her composition “Lux Aeterna,” and Ms. Walter made the journey from Oregon to North Carolina to help us prepare.

 

“Lux Aeterna,” which means “eternal light,” was commissioned by the Washington Women’s Ensemble in Washington, D.C. Ms. Walter said that as she composed, she focused on the idea that light is energy, constantly moving, rather than remaining static. This insight is key to our performance of “Lux Aeterna,” as we embody those moving particles and beams of light. We hope to awe you with its radiance!  We’d like to thank Ms. Walter for taking the time to enlighten us, working with us to bring her composition to life.

 

To catch our performance of “Lux Aeterna” and to meet Ms. Walter in person, we invite you to “Bridge of Songs,” this Sunday, May 7, at 3:00 p.m., at University UMC in Chapel Hill. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students and will be available at the door.

 

 

A Bridge of Songs “Preview!”

On Sunday, April 30, our artistic director Allan Friedman sat down with Dan McHugh of WCPE’s “Preview!” program to discuss our upcoming spring concert. If you missed the interview when it aired, you can listen to it here:

 

 

“Preview!” provides a sneak peek at upcoming classical events every week from 6:00 to 9:00 pm on Sundays on 89.7 WCPE. For more information on the program, check out WCPE’s website.

Dance the World ‘Round – Winter 2017

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Sunday, January 22, 2017, at 3:00 p.m.
Judea Reform Congregation
1933 West Cornwallis Road, Durham, NC

 

Online ticket sales have ended. All tickets purchased online will be available for pickup at the ticket table in the lobby on the day of the concert.

 

Travel to South Africa, India, Lithuania, Brazil, Canada, and other lands without ever leaving Durham in this concert of international music. Guest dancers will whirl on stage and a host of instrumentalists, including a big band and percussion ensemble, will join the chorus in presenting an impressive variety of musical styles. Fun for all ages, this event is sure to be a feast for both the eyes and ears!

 

Tickets are $15.00 for adults and $5.00 for students. To purchase tickets online, please visit our Square store. Please note that all tickets purchased online include a $1 credit card processing fee. All tickets purchased online will be available for pickup at the ticket table in the lobby on the day of the concert.

 

 

 

 

It’s Back! Girls’ Night Out Comedy FUNdraiser

gno2016Are you feeling overextended and underappreciated? Could you use a good laugh and some pre-holiday stress busting? Join Professional Humorist and Singing OB Nurse, Deb Gauldin, RN, PMS, for a GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT! Proceeds from this evening of clean comedy and music will help Women’s Voices Chorus purchase choral risers.

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Grab a friend (and a panty-liner) and join us Sunday, November 6, 2016, from 7:30-8:30 pm at The ArtsCenter, 300-G Main Street in Carrboro. Light snacks will be provided and drinks will be available at the cash bar. You can purchase tickets ($20) online from our Square store. Purchased tickets will be held at the door. Seating is limited – act fast!

 

Can’t make it? Bummer. You can still help: We deeply appreciate donations to the Raise the Risers Fund! Head to our Square store to make yours today!

The Book of Love – Summer Community Chorus 2016

 

The Summer Community Chorus, sponsored by Women’s Voices Chorus, proudly presented a benefit concert entitled The Book of Love. With music featuring famous and infamous lovers from the world of literature, this one-hour program had something for every listener—from classic compositions by Georges Bizet, George and Ira Gershwin, and Duke Ellington to contemporary works by Eleanor Daley, Joan Szymko, and Rene Clausen.

 

The concert took place on July 31, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. at United Church of Chapel Hill, 1321 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. The Summer Community Chorus is a non-auditioned group of sopranos and altos committed to the local arts scene and charitable outreach. The concert was held in benefit of the Augustine Literacy Project.

 

Founded in 1994 in Chapel Hill, the ALP has trained more than one thousand volunteers to provide long-term, one-on-one instruction to low-income students with reading difficulties. Whether these challenges are due to poverty alone or coupled with learning or language differences, the project’s motto holds true: “Tutor one child, change two lives.” Executive Director Debbie McCarthy spoke about the ALP’s mission and needs at the concert.

 

With the help of the generous donations of our audience at Sunday’s concert, we raised over $1000 for the ALP!  We’d like to thank everyone for coming out and making this benefit concert a success. We couldn’t do it without you!