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Women of Note

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 ages.

Rehearsals are held Thursday evenings, from 6:30 to 9:00 PM at St. David of Wales Episcopal Church in Shelton. Performance dates for the 2018 spring and Christmas concerts are listed below. Artistic Director/Conductor Elizabeth works closely with accompanist Suzanne Montgomery, both actively involved in music communities in the region and currently conductors of various choirs.

2018 -Spring Concert

Once Upon A Time

Poetry is part of what makes choral music magical. Women of Note explores musical stories of drama, pathos, pain and ecstacy through songs of local, national and world famous composers.

Monday, May 14th, 7PM

Panorama Auditorium

1670 Circle Loop; Lacey, WA 98503

 

Thursday, May 24th, 7PM

 

Shelton High School Performing Arts Center

3737 N Shelton Springs Road; Shelton 98584

Sunday, June 3rd, 3:00 pm

 

St. David of Wales Episcopal Church

324 W Cedar; Shelton 98584

 

2018 - Christmas Concert

Christmas Wonders

Christmastime brings joys of many kinds as we focus on Advent, share time with neighbors and friends, sing songs together, share meals together, and look for good in the world around us. For choirs, it is the time to share our music.

This year, Elizabeth Berndt, director of Women of Note, South Puget Sound’s auditioned vocal ensemble based in Mason County,
was inspired by music she enjoys from a favorite Canadian women's ensemble, Electra. A featured song in the program was written specifically for them by pianist and composer Stephen Smith, who has shared his manuscript, making Women of Note the only other choir to have sung this brilliant rendition of Winter Wonderland, Let it Snow and White Christmas. The fantasic accompaniment features not only gorgeous piano, but birdlike flute and various percussion instruments. The Olympia String Consort will also be on stage with Women of Note performing The First Noel, Hark! the Herald Angels Sing, Angels from The Realms of Glory and I'll Be Home for Christmas. Women of Note is becoming famous for their interesting programing and unusual repertoire, so you can expect tantalizing twists on carols you know along with stunning choral surprises for the season.

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
celebrations.

Saturday, December 3rd, 3:00 pm

Shelton High School Performing Arts Center

3737 N Shelton Springs Rd., Shelton

Sunday, December 16th, 3:00 pm (confirmation pending)

St. David of Wales Episcopal Church

324 W Cedar, Shelton

Auditions:

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.

Background

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 schedule.

Rehearsal Schedule and Guidelines

Rehearsals are scheduled as follows:

  • 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.

Attendance:

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

To offset 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. 

 

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