Sacramento

Women's

Chorus

Changing Hearts and Minds Through Harmony

Where in the world is the Sacramento Women's chorus?

We are still here!  We are following health and safety guidelines and until we can come together to rehearse and perform for you again, we remain committed to our purpose.

 We are holding online small group meetings, and all member fun evenings.  Our music professionals are teaching us music and vocal techniques to become better singers.  Our Board of Directors and Team Leads are planning and exploring ways to sustain our vital organization for the present and for the future.

 

We understand that our world is suffering physically, spiritually, and economically.  The Sacramento Women’s Chorus remains dedicated to continuing our message of peace, justice, and inclusion.  We will use this time for growth and introspection and be stronger for it.

We are missing you, our audience, and are so grateful for all your support in the past.  Our 81 members miss singing together fiercely; we hope that soon we will make music together that will be a part of the healing process.  Until then, we have made the difficult decision to cancel our concerts originally scheduled for October and December 2020.

You can help us mitigate the loss of revenue due to the cancellation of our 2020 concert season by donating here on our website.

You may also easily donate to the Sacramento Women’s Chorus by designating us in your support window when you shop on Amazon using Amazon Smile.

Events

GALA, 2021

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In 2021, the Sacramento Women's Chorus will, once again, join the GALA festival. GALA Choruses leads the North American LGBTQ+ choral movement, cultivating the artistic development of 10,000 singers from more than 190 choruses in the United States, Mexico, and Canada. GALA Festival is the quadrennial international celebration of the LGBTQ+ choral movement. At Festival 2021, more than 6000 diverse singers representing over 100 choruses and ensembles will take over downtown Minneapolis for 5 powerful days of concerts, festivities, and community-building.

The Sacramento Women's Chorus created a positive and commanding presence on an international scale with our attendance at the GALA  in Denver, CO., July 2016.  We are already preparing for our participation in the 2021 GALA Festival. We made a fantastic impression on all of the participating choruses in Denver and were one of three, out of approximately 200 choruses in the festival, asked to sing in the Show Stopper Finale Concert during the closing ceremony for the festival.

 
 

Mission Statement

Sacramento Women’s Chorus builds community through song.

We sing to honor peace, justice and social equality, and to celebrate the lives of all women.

 

We strive for musical excellence as we give voice to women’s hopes and dreams,  

opening hearts and minds through harmony.

 

We Love to Sing!

History

With a humble beginning of less than a dozen singers, the SWC has grown to an over 75 voice, all inclusive, 501c3 nonprofit organization.  We strive for musical excellence while giving voice to women’s hopes and dreams, opening hearts and minds through harmony.

Since its first performance in 1987 at a fundraiser for a women’s wheelchair basketball team, the SWC has become recognized as an important part of the Sacramento art and activist community.  The SWC sings at events that focus on equality, peace, justice, women’s issues, and LGBTQ pride.  In January 2017, SWC had the honor of singing from the steps of the Capitol in the Sacramento Women’s March.

Women searching for a musical home join the SWC to sing pieces that blend meaning with fun, only to find that they have become part of a remarkable, welcoming community.  The SWC attracts a diverse community by combining compelling social issues with inspiring and entertaining performances.  The women of the SWC are kindred souls singing in a warm, safe, and inviting environment.   

ABOUT US

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Artistic Director

ROBIN RICHIE

Robin brings a lifetime of musical experience to the Sacramento Women’s Chorus.  She is known as a performer, educator, vocal coach and creative leader whose imagination has lifted the profile and expertise of SWC.  She challenges each singer in the chorus to expect the best from themselves and to continually grow in technical ability and performance skills.

 

With a B.A. in Music Education from Mt. St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, OH, and a Master of Music in Music Education from University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, Robin actively contributes to the Sacramento region’s musical future as an elementary school music teacher for band and orchestra in Rocklin.

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Assistant Director/Accompanist

MERRI SUE BROWN

Merri Sue is a retired K-8 music teacher. She earned a single subject music credential and a multiple

subject credential from the state of California. Merri sue says retirement is grand, especially if you can

still contribute your skills to something you love.

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Piano Accompanist

VUTU NGUYEN

Vutu is an award winning collaborative pianist and piano pedagogue. Joining the Sacramento Women’s Chorus in 2020, he is inspired to deliver compelling performances and contribute to the empowerment of community through music.  Vutu has performed internationally as a classical pianist, including solo concerts at Salle Cortot in Paris, Old First Concerts in San Francisco, and the Music at Noon Series in Sacramento. Other notable performances include choral concerts at the World AIDS Day, Fresh Meat Festival, and the Transgender Day of Remembrance.


A Bay Area native, Vutu attended San Francisco State University where he established himself as an award winning piano teacher, and earned both his MM and BM in Piano Performance with an emphasis in Chamber Music. He is now nearing completion of his PhD in Musicology from the Claremont Graduate University in Pomona, California, and is finishing his dissertation on 19th century piano methods. Vutu continues to teach private piano lessons at his home in Sacramento and at the San Francisco Community Music Center. In addition to his musical pursuits, Vutu enjoys spending time with family and is a dedicated soccer coach.

 
 

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contact

PO Box 661705

Sacramento, CA 95866

We hold rehearsals every

Monday: 6:30pm - 9pm

Open Guest Nights (3 times a year)

 

St. Mark's United Methodist Church

​  2391 St Marks Way 

  Sacramento 95864

  (Near Watt and El Camino Aves.)

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