Strobilus Music Series


Saturday, November 21, 2015, at 3:00 p.m.
Chapel in the Pines Presbyterian Church
314 Great Ridge Parkway, Chapel Hill, NC

The Strobilus Music Series showcases local talent in intimate monthly performances. We return this fall with the dynamic program Jumping, Soaring, Spinning, which features jazz, gospel, and classical music about bodies and objects in motion. The concert includes compositions by Rachmaninov, Mendelssohn, and Gwyneth Walker, with an expanded role for the WVC Chamber Choir. Admission is free, but a donation of $10 is suggested.

You can find more about Strobilus Arts, including info about other upcoming concerts in the series, here.



Welcome, Do I Sing! Videos

Women’s Voices Chorus is proud to announce that we have a new compilation CD, “Welcome, Do I Sing!” This collection features songs from our concerts ranging from 2012 to 2015.  The album can be purchased through our online store for $23. Want a preview of the tracks available on the CD? Here are five of […]

A Visit From Eleanor Epstein


At our rehearsal on Monday, November 2, we were honored to host a very special guest: noted conductor and arranger Eleanor Epstein! Ms. Epstein is the founder, artistic director, and conductor of Zemer Chai, the Jewish Community Choir of Washington, D.C.  In addition to her work with Zemer Chai, she has served as a guest conductor and artist-in-residence with many choirs across the country.

As an arranger, Ms. Epstein focuses on preserving Jewish folk music. WVC reached out to Ms. Epstein to commission a piece in honor of Artistic Director Allan Friedman’s recent nuptials, and she responded with a beautiful setting of “Mah Dodech Midod” by composer Yedidiah Admon. This classic Jewish folk song features lyrics from the Song of Solomon in which the bride admires her “beloved,” describing him to the daughters of Jerusalem.

Ms. Epstein traveled from the D.C. area to work with us personally, coaching us on proper Hebrew pronunciation and the emotional force of the lyrics. Under her conducting, the act of singing the text became a joyous experience – one that we can’t wait to share with you at our winter concert in January!  We’d like to thank Ms. Epstein for taking the time to teach us about the inspiration for the piece and for working with us to bring her vision to life.

Sympli Trunk Show Fundraiser


Please join us at Sofia’s Boutique at Carr Mill Mall in Carrboro for the Sympli Trunk Show!  Sofia’s will be donating a portion of its Sympli sales to the chorus to support our tour fund.


The trunk show will feature the Sympli line, clothing designed to flatter every body type.  The preview sale will be on Friday, October 30, 5:00-7:00 pm, with free wine and cheese, and a 10% discount on all Sympli purchases.  The trunk show will continue through the rest of the weekend.

If you follow us on Facebook, please join our event and invite your friends!

Girls’ Night Out Comedy FUNdraiser

PowerPoint Presentation

Looking for a fun night out?  Grab a friend and join professional humorist and “Singing OB Nurse” Deb Gauldin, RN, PMS, for a well-deserved evening of laughter and renewal as she presents “Stretchmarks to Laughlines: A Casual Evening of Comedy & Music” benefiting Women’s Voices Chorus! Tickets are only $20 and that price includes wine, chocolate, and munchies!

Gather together with us on Thursday, September 24th, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at the Unity Center for Peace in Chapel Hill, for a night full of clean humor with a positive message, wonderful women, and a GREAT cause.  It doesn’t get better than that!

The number of seats for this event is limited – we recommend that you reserve and purchase your tickets before September 21st!

Online ticket sales have ended. Pre-purchased tickets will be held at the door. Registered tickets can be paid for at the door by cash, check, or credit card.  Unregistered, unpaid tickets will be available the evening of the event, as space permits.



2015 Summer Benefit Concert

Please join the Summer Community Chorus, hosted by Women’s Voices Chorus, on Sunday, July 19, at 4:00 p.m. at United Church of Chapel Hill for a concert of music about the joys of childhood. The choir will present music from America and Africa by contemporary composers, including female composers such as Ysaye Barnwell, Abbie Betinis, and Judith Shatin. Artistic Director Allan Friedman will lead the group in collaboration with Nancy Whelan as accompanist.


Every year, the Summer Community Chorus concert benefits a local charity. Past charities have included the Arthritis Foundation and the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. This year’s show will support the Kids Summer Meals Program of the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. The program provides meals to children in low-income regions during their school-free summer months. Admission to the concert is free, but donations are welcome and all proceeds will go to the food bank. United Church of Chapel Hill is located at 1321 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

Love Notes – Spring 2015

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Sunday, April 26 at 3:00 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church
305 East Main St., Durham

Along with the related theme of faith, the theme of love has certainly inspired more poetry and music than any other idea in the Western world in the last two millennia. Our music will highlight some of the many sides of romantic love, including young love, lost love, erotic love, and frustrated love. We also will sing of love for our sisters, justice, humanity, and the natural world. In singing music from places such as Bulgaria, Korea, Germany, Canada, Argentina, and Samoa, we hope to demonstrate both the musical diversity and the emotional universality of this theme. Regardless of the language or place, the desire to experience music and love is a common human bond.

Please join us for a delightful mix of pieces, representing Brahms, Whitacre, Gershwin, and others. The program will include repertoire from Renaissance music to show tunes and beyond.

Tickets are $5.00 for students and $15.00 for adults. You can purchase tickets through our website, from any chorus member, or at the door on the day of the event.

Free childcare will be available on-site during the concert. Childcare will be managed by experienced staff in the education wing down the hall from the sanctuary. There are a limited number of spaces. To reserve a spot, please email us the number of children and their ages by Friday, April 17.

Interview with 97.9 WCHL for “Love Notes!”

Allan recently sat down with 97.9 WCHL to discuss our upcoming Spring concert, “Love Notes.”  Check out the interview here, and then check out the concert on Sunday, April 26th at 3pm at First Presbyterian Church in Durham!

Rubber Ducky, You’re the One!


Want a chance to win $1000? Or a $250 gift certificate to one of your favorite stores? Simply adopt a duck for $10! Women’s Voices Chorus is partnering with the Chapel Hill Carrboro Sunrise Rotary Club for the 2015 Rubber Duck Race on Saturday, June 6, at West Point on the Eno. You can “adopt” a rubber duck for $10; that duck is then numbered and entered into an actual river race. The adoptive parents of the 20 winning rubber ducks get to pick from a long list of fabulous prizes!

Ducks can be adopted as follows: 1 for $10; 6 for $50, 13 for $100; 35 for $250; or a whole herd of 175 for $1000! For every duck adoption through WVC, $5 will go to Sunrise Rotary for their global and local service projects and $5 will go directly to Women’s Voices Chorus.

Ready to adopt one or more ducks? Simply email WVC, contact any chorus member, or download the application and mail it to Women’s Voices Chorus, P.O. Box 2854, Chapel Hill, NC 27515. Please make all checks payable to “Sunrise Rotary Club.” Applications will be accepted until Monday, April 20.

Spring Retreat 2015


Allan demonstrates the unnamed eleventh element of music: Jazz Hands.


We had a wonderful, educational, and productive retreat this past Saturday, February 28! Our president, Shelley Hedtke, so eloquently described it as “one of the most interesting, uplifting and just plain brilliant retreats we have had since I have been a member. Allan delivered a veritable seminar on musicianship!”

We met at United Church of Chapel Hill for a day of fellowship and fun.  Every retreat is different, and for this semester’s gathering, Allan focused on defining the Ten Elements of Music: Notes, Technique, Rhythm, Articulation, Tone/Diction, Dynamics, Phrasing, Emotion/Feel, Space, and Listening.  He periodically read excerpts from The Music Lesson by Victor Wooten, a Grammy award-winning solo artist and member of the musical group Béla Fleck and the Flecktones.  Although Wooten is primarily a bassist, not a singer, his novel spoke to us all as musicians and helped reinforce the elements that Allan emphasized.

Allan beautifully paired each of these elements with different pieces to amazing results. We were truly able to hone in on what it means to be a musician, not “just a singer.” We are so grateful for Allan’s guidance and support, and hope to show you the fruit of our hard work in our upcoming concert, Love Notes, in April!