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.
Dr. Ethan Nash: Music Director
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: Accompanist
Barbara delights in making music with musicians of many genres and ages. She works as an adjunct teacher and pianist at Manchester Community College in Connecticut, and has been a pianist for the Vocal Department at the University of Hartford for 14 years. She accompanies three choirs in the Greater Hartford and New Haven areas, and is often requested to play auditions, recordings, and performances for a wide range of organizations, from professional to community.
Ms. Robbins 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.
Board of Directors
The West Hartford Women's Chorale is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization led by a president and a dedicated board of directors.
What We've Achieved
Thanks to the vision and expertise of our music directors and accompanist, we’ve had many amazing musical experiences.
Collaborating with professional musicians talented students, and orchestras.
Performing at the Wadsworth Museum, the Yale Rep in New Haven and a New York professional Theater.
Performing as featured quests of the CT Association of Choral Directors of America(ACDA)
Establishing the Festival of Women’s Voices, the first of its kind for Hartford area student and adult choruses.
Working with renowned female composers in collaboration with other women’s choirs.
Performing music from major classical works, opera, musical theater, folk, jazz, gospel, to contemporary pop, we have experienced all the musical genres.
In Addition, the WHWC empowers women’s voices and enriches the community through the power of music.
WHWC kept its promise to contribute to the larger community through charitable donations, and benefit concerts.
Maintained a scholarship over the last 10 years, for local high school graduates going on to pursue music.
WHWC continues to bear the name of the town where it originated and represents the vibrant cultural opportunities available in West Hartford.
Maintained the original goal to offer a non-audition community chorale for all female voices over 15 years.
Evolved a strong chorale community where singers return year after year. When you join the chorale you find a warm, welcoming “home” where you can always return to learn and sing beautiful music.