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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 will begin 2nd Thursday of January, 2020, 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 April Kuhr, both actively involved in music communities in the region and currently conductors and accomopanists of various choirs.

2019 -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

2019 -June Performance

Mägi Ensemble

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.

 In 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, 3PM

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

Hearth Fires

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 where people celebrate much as we do, but with different beautiful carols for Christmas.

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
celebrations

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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