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West Hartford Women’s Chorale: 20 Seasons Strong

WHWC Members of the WHWC at their Spring Concert, St. James's Episcopal Church. Photo credit: Peter Billard Photographer

The West Hartford Women’s Chorale will begin its 20th season with rehearsals opening on Sept. 5.

Singers and friends at the WHWC May concert. Photo credit: Peter Billard Photographer


 The West Hartford Women’s Chorale (WHWC) is pleased to announce its 20th season of singing in the West Hartford community. The opening of rehearsals for 2023-24 on Sept. 5, 2023, marks the celebration of the 20th anniversary for the non-audition, community chorale for women.

Founded to offer the opportunity for all women to sing and perform chorale music, the Chorale welcomes new singers twice a year at Open Rehearsals in September and January. The WHWC will welcome new and returning singers at their Open Rehearsals on Sept. 5 and 12, from 7 to 8:45 p.m. at Temple Sinai, 41 West Hartford Rd., Newington. New singers will meet returning Chorale members, review fall music choices, and meet the music director and accompanist.

All rehearsals are held on Tuesday nights. There is no audition to join. Visit the website for more details.

The WHWC started in January 2004 with 14 singers and a music director, and an idea that all women should have a place to sing. Twenty years later, the nonprofit organization has grown to encompass as many as 90 singers, created two annual scholarships for graduating student musicians, performed at arts festivals and off-Broadway theaters and founded the Festival of Women’s Voices, an intergenerational celebration of women’s music and performance.

The Chorale has survived the many changes 20 years can bring, including the recent challenges of the COVID pandemic. Seventy singers are expected to return this fall. A typical season includes two formal chorale concerts, community performances, and collaborations with other music organizations.

Plans for the 2023-24 Season include a December performance at Duncaster Senior Living, a winter concert on Dec. 15, the WHWC-sponsored Festival of Women’s Voices on March 16, featuring composer Rosephanye Powell, a spring concert on June 7 and the WHWC booth at Celebrate! West Hartford in June.

For more information about the WHWC story go to www.whwchorale.org

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