This audition choir was created specifically for
women singers in the greater South Puget
Sound area. It is made up of singers from all walks of life who
enjoy learning about music and voice and performing for people of all
Rehearsals will begin 2nd Thursday of January,
from 6:30 to 9:00 PM at St. David of Wales
Episcopal Church in Shelton. Performance dates for the 2020 spring
and Christmas concerts will be listed soon. Artistic
Director/Conductor Elizabeth Berndt works closely with accompanist
both actively involved in music communities in the region and
currently conductors and accomopanists of various choirs.
-MAY Performance (one night only)
Point of View
Music helped efforts to end slavery, secure voting rights,
shorten wars, and promote civil rights, and continues to help enact
and document social change today. Women of Note shares historic and
contemporary songs focusing on hope and confirmation of all people.
They share the stage with Rythmn & Sass, a husband and wife team who
have been writing songs together for about eight years and with KC
and the Doreens, a vocal ensemble of Olympia, WA. Hear stories
behind some familiar songs, listen to some interesting new song, and
gain some new points of view from the music shared by these three
goups of singers.
Thursday evening, 7PM, May 23rd
Shelton High School Performing Arts Center
3737 N Shelton Spring Rd., Shelton 98584
Named for Ester Mägi, “First
Lady of Estonian music,” the Mägi Ensemble is a women’s chamber
choir that performs compositions from the Baltics. Led by Heather
MacLaughlin Garbes, the ensemble’s focus on Baltic music stems from
the strong relationship between the choral and the Baltic studies
departments at the University of Washington and an interest in the
power of music to unite people and preserve cultural heritage.
recent years, the ensemble released its first CD, Baltic Sounds,
participated in the Latvian National Song Festival, and performed at
Seattle Mariners’ games and Baltic and Scandinavian community
celebrations. The Mägi Ensemble is an Affiliated Artist and a
Resident Ensemble of Thomsen Chapel at St. Mark’s Cathedral.
SUNDAY, JUNE 2nd,
St. David of Wales
324 W Cedar St, Shelton, WA 98584
A free will offerings will be divided between the music and
community programs of
Mägi Ensemble and St.
David of Wales Episcopal Church.
2019 - Christmas Concerts
Putting your feet to the fire to warm up and relax
is part of
the winter ritual in many countries of the world. At
Christmas time, this takes on special meaning as families sit
together and talk and sing and experience the special joys of the season.
Women of Note presents songs from all over the world - songs where
winter cold means fires and music bringing new life to dark
days and long winter nights.
Listen to songs you have enjoyed for years and hear songs from other countries
celebrate much as we do, but with different beautiful carols for
Saturday, December 7th, 3:00 pm
Shelton High School Performing Arts Center
3737 N Shelton Springs Rd., Shelton
Sunday, December 22nd, 3:00 pm
St. David of Wales Episcopal Church
324 W Cedar, Shelton
Women of Note performs for donations so
everyone can celebrate the season with music. And, it’s they’re way
of saying, “thank you” to the organizations, businesses and
individuals who support their music throughout the year. They invite
you to join them for an entertaining evening of music as a memorable
part of your Christmas
Women of Note auditions will be held on a one-to-one basis at
a time and location convenient for both the singer and director.
Auditions take approximately 5 minutes per person. All singers must
be able to carry a tune, be able to sing harmony as well as melody,
and commit to two hours of practice per week outside of rehearsal.
To demonstrate singing skills, you will be asked to sing a short,
easy tune (My Country 'Tis of Thee, Happy Birthday, or one of your
choosing), sight-read several quick passages, demonstrate tonal
memory, and be willing to explore your vocal range. To
make your audition appointment, please phone Elizabeth at 432-9940.
Knowing you may currently sing in another
choir, we specifically ask you not to quit one organization to join
another. We are pleased if you add this women's choir to your
Rehearsal Schedule and
Rehearsals are scheduled as
Thursday evenings from 6:30 - 9:00 pm at St.
David of Wales in Shelton, WA.
One or more sectional rehearsals may be held
during the concert season.
Two additional full choir rehearsals may be
added as concert dates approach. One of these two rehearsals
will serve as a dress/technical rehearsal to arrange details of
staging, sound, and lighting. Usually, concert dress is not
worn at dress rehearsals. We have not needed extra rehearsals to
date, but collaborations usually require time with the other
choir prior to performances, so it is likely we will have up to
two additional rehearsals.
To help ensure the best
performances possible, all members are expected to attend all
rehearsals, arrive promptly, and stay the entire time.
Rehearsals are not only opportunities to become familiar with notes
and timing, but an opportunity to learn proper singing techniques
and to develop fully as an ensemble. Thus, we join most auditioned
choirs with an attendance policy. Three absences from rehearsals are
the maximum allowed during each concert period. A member
exceeding this limit will not be permitted to sing in the concert.
If a member is not able to attend a rehearsal, she is expected to
contact the director. Only the Director, on a
case-by-case basis can make exceptions to this policy.
Music and Member Contributions to Concert Costs
the cost of music and other concert expenses, members are asked to
make a non-refundable payment of $100 each concert season (twice a
year). Members are encouraged to make their payment the first month
of the new season rehearsals, once in January and once in September
(or pay $200 all at once!).
Women of Note will not exclude
anyone from singing because of inability to make the payment.
In the event of serious hardship, and at the specific request of the
member, the payment amount may be reduced or waived on an as-needed
basis. The Director has the sole discretion to adjust the
amount of the donation or waive it altogether.