Our goal is to provide music and music education for the benefit of the community. The following are a few examples of our recent activities to support this mission. WHWC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Festival of Women's Voices
WHWC will be organizing our Festival celebrating its 7th year! The WHWC sponsors a guest composer for a day long event and collaborative concert. Our guest composers have been Gwyneth Walker (2016), Andrea Ramsey (2017), Joan Szymko (2018) and Kathleen Allan (2019). The Festival features a woman composer/director who workshops with several female choral groups, including adult choirs, select high school choirs, college choirs, and the West Hartford Women's Chorale. The groups learn vocal technique, musical interpretation and performance strategies. The day culminates in a combined concert featuring the music of the guest composer. The Festival is a true demonstration of how singing can be a lifelong pleasure!
Proceeds from past concerts have benefitted:
The Bridge Family Center in West Hartford, CT
The Prudence Crandall Center in New Britain, CT
Aurora Foundation for Women and Girls
My Sisters’ Place, Inc.
Catherine's Place in Hartford, CT
WHWC actively seeks opportunities to join school groups to enhance their performances. We also provide young artists with opportunities to perform with the Chorale. Collaborations have included students from schools in Glastonbury and Hall and Conard High Schools.
The chorale raises funds for a yearly donation to Gifts of Music, a program providing instruments and lessons to promising student musicians in the West Hartford school system. The Chorale also contributes to an annual scholarship awarded to a West Hartford Public School graduating senior who will be pursuing further music education.
WHWC regularly performs for the benefit of other charitable organizations such as Celebrate! West Hartford, West Hartford Holiday Stroll, the Wadsworth Atheneum Festival of Trees, and the West Hartford Symphony Orchestra.
Each June, the WHWC sponsors a booth at Celebrate! West Hartford, an annual town event.
Proceeds from the Festival of Women's Voices are shared with local charitable organizations that have included My Sister's Place and The Bridge Family Center. A portion of all concert proceeds are donated to the West Hartford Gifts of Music Program and to the WHWC annual scholarship.