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.
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!
With a humble beginning of less than a dozen singers, the SWC has grown to over 75-voice, all inclusive, 501c3 nonprofit organization. It strives for musical excellence while giving voice to women’s hopes and dreams as it opens hearts and minds through harmony.
Since its first performance in 1987 at a fund-raiser for a women’s wheelchair basketball team, SWC has become recognized as an important part of the Sacramento art and activist community. SWC can be counted on to sing at events that focus on equality, peace and justice, women’s issues, and LGBTQ pride. Most recently SWC had the distinction of singing from the steps of the Capitol during Sacramento’s “Women’s March on Washington” of January of 2017.
Women searching for a musical home join SWC to sing music selections that blend meaningful messages with fun only to find that they have become part of a remarkable, welcoming community. SWC reaches a broad and diverse community by addressing contemporary issues while providing entertainment.
Artistic Director, Robin Richie, 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.
Piano Accompanist, Vutu Nguyen, 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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