West Hartford Women's Chorale
Dr. Ethan Nash: Music Director
Barbara Robbins: Accompanist
Founded in 2004, the mission of the West Hartford Women's Chorale is to enrich the cultural life of the community by performing a broad repertoire of vocal music and to provide music and music education for the benefit of the community. The Chorale takes pride in performing challenging, diverse music in a broad range of innovative and entertaining styles. Open to any woman who wants to sing, the Chorale provides a supportive learning environment for its singers regardless of prior music experience.
The Chorale provides young artists with opportunities to perform with the group and also supports an annual scholarship for music students. Besides two yearly concerts, the Chorale hosts an annual Festival of Women's Voices and regularly performs for the benefit of other charitable organizations.
Ethan received his bachelors degree in music in 1997 from Yale University and his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting in 2007 from The Hartt School of Music at the university of Hartford.
After Graduating from Yale, Ethan taught five years as the Music Director at the School of the Holy Child in Rye, NY. He has conducted the University Glee Club of New Haven and has served on the faculty of Middlesex Community College, Weslyan University's Center for Creative Youth, the Hartford Conservatory and Hartwick College Summer Music Festival. He has also appeared frequently as a Guest Clinician at music festivals.
Ethan has directed numerous musicals, including Into the Woods, Joseph . . ., Godspell, Anything Goes and Fiddler on the Roof. His musical credits include work with Norwich's Spirit of Broadway Theatre and Connecticut Heritage Productions.
Ethan has been the Director of Choral Activities at Glastonbury High School since 2007. He works as a cantorial soloist at Beth Hillel Synagogue in Bloomfield and is a religious school songleader and junior choir conductor at Temple Sinai of Newington.
Ethan is the author of the Earthsongs choral music publication Translations and Annotations of Choral Repertoire: Volume 4, Hebrew Texts.
He is an avid Mets fan, softball player, bowler and PEZ collector. He and his wife, Danica, are the proud parents of two boys, Ari and Elliot.
Barbara Robbins delights in making music with musicians of many genres and ages.
Barbara holds a position as staff accompanist for the Vocal Department at the University of Hartford, keeping a busy schedule of lessons, recitals, and recordings. Concurrently, she regularly accompanies three area choirs, Primi Voci of the Connecticut Children’s Chorus, the West Hartford Women's Chorale, and the Greater New Haven Community Chorus, while playing occasional rehearsals and performances for a wide range of organizations, from professional to high school to community.
Barbara teaches private piano lessons in the central Connecticut region. Barbara enjoys teaching children's music classes, as group gatherings build character and a sense of community. She is keenly interested in the music and culture of India. She earned a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and a Master of Music degree on a full scholarship from the University of Connecticut in Storrs.
The West Hartford Women's Chorale is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization led by a president and a dedicated board of directors.
Robin Doyle, Music Librarian