Since 2009, the West Hartford Women’s Chorale has awarded eight annual scholarships to graduating seniors from Hall or Conard High Schools. These students have been promising vocal or instrumental students who intend to pursue their musical interests.
The 2016 Scholarship was awarded to Michael Terranova, a member of Conard High School’s choir and orchestra (viola & violin) for four years.
Michael is known for his generous spirit, sense of humor, kind heart and his love of music. His involvement with music is broad-based ranging from giving Suzuki lessons to elementary school students to participation in both vocal and instrumental select groups at Conard High School and Hartt School of Music. Michael will pursue music education at Central Connecticut State University in the fall. Michael is pictured in the photo with Sheila Nussbaum, WHWC board member.
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 has organized this annual Festival celebrating its 4rd year! In 2016, the WHWC sponsored guest composer Gwyneth Walker for a day long event and collaborative concert. In 2017, guest composer Andrea Ramsey and her music were featured at the event. 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 the last two year's concerts have benefitted The Bridge Family Center in West Hartford.
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 Smith Elementary School, Bristow Middle School and the Hall High School Orchestra. 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 Athenaeum 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.
West Hartford Women's Chorale