Rehearsals began on January 23, 2017.
Songs and Writers for the 2016 Fall Performance
We thank the following songwriters for their songs that we perform for our 2016 Fall Series.
|Deep Peace||arr. Sara Thomse|
|I Lift My Lamp||words: Emma Lazarus, music: Ted Warmbrand|
|Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming||translation: Theodore Baker, arr. Michael Praetorius|
|O, Chanukah||traditional Yiddish song|
|Sure As the Wind||Terry Dash|
|Open the Circle||Ted Warmbrand|
|Siyahamba||traditional Zulu song|
|Solstice Tribute||word: Dan Barker, music: traditional melody|
|’Tis Winter Now||words: Samuel Longfellow, music: Michael Praetorius|
|We are Sending You Light||Melanie DeMore|
|Why Shouldn’t My Goose||traditional|
|Woman Am I||arr. Karleena Ravenwood|
Song Selections from a Winter 2012 Performance
Song Selections from the Spring 2011 Concert
May 14, 2011
From Sally Day (Sep 2015)
I thank you, Karleena.
Your directing has made a big difference to me and to my family as well. I have picked up guitar this year and am playing folk songs almost nightly, and often with my daughter singing along with me. I have to say that before joining your chorus, I don't think I would have had the confidence to do that. Please count me in the crowds of people that you have taught to simply slow down, listen and sing. And in doing so, feel immediately better.
Tucson Women's Chorus
Founded in 2002 the Tucson Women's Chorus is an a cappella singing group in Tucson,
AZ, USA. The group sings chants, rounds and songs of cultures and traditions from around the world.
The emphasis of the chorus is on using the natural voice and learning songs the way our ancestors learned them for untold millennia: by singing them.
The chorus includes women who have sung in other choruses as well as a current majority
of women who love to sing and have never before sung in an organized group, or even
considered themselves "singers."
Performing in community settings is optional, though encouraged.
New members are welcome!
All women and girls (when accompanied by a singing adult) are encouraged to join the chorus.
No auditions, sight-reading or experience is required. More. . .
Why is singing in a chorus important?
The act of singing has a powerful ability to heal and to nurture self-confidence. There are many stories among our members that can attest to this. As one saying goes, “Music is too important to be left to the professionals.” The Tucson Women’s Chorus is proof of this from its inception as a “grassroots chorus” for all women and girls wishing to sing, regardless of experience.
The open-to-all attitude carries over to our concerts since we do not sell tickets, asking only for donations at the door. No one is turned away.
2016-08-04: Karleena Ravenwood passed away peacefully on Monday, August 1, 2016. Becky Wilson has composed a tribute to Karleena. Read it here.
Obituary for Karleena Ravenwood
!! NEWS FLASH !!
Oct 20, 2013: Karleena Ravenwood, Founder and Director of the TWC, was interviewed by Fred Ronstadt for the
Fred & Jeff Show that aired on Sunday, October 20, 2013, 11-12pm on radio station KQTH 104.1 FM.
Listen to the interview (mp3: 47 Min, 22MiB).
The interview starts at time 34:16.
June 2009: Adults who sing are remarkably good citizens. Here are some examples as proof of that:
- Choral participation remains strong in America with 32.5 million adults regularly singing in at least one of 270,000 choruses nationwide.
- Choral singers exhibit higher levels of civic involvement, with choristers almost 3 times more likely to be officers or committee members of local community organizations such as the PTA.
- 78% of choral singers indicated they "at least sometimes" volunteer their time in their community, while only 50% of the general public say the same.
- 74% of choral singers agree or strongly agree that singing in a chorus has helped them become better team leaders or team participants in other areas of their lives; nearly two-thirds agree or strongly agree that being in a chorus has helped them socialize better in other areas of their lives.
- Choral singers donate 2.5 times more money to philanthropic organizations than the general public.
- 96% of choral singers surveyed who are eligible voters said they vote regularly in national and local elections; only 70% of the general public cites the same level of participation.
- Civic engagement also extends to patronage of other art forms, with choral singers at least 2 times more likely to attend theater, opera, and orchestra performances as well as visit museums and art galleries.