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Causes: Arts & Culture, Music, Singing & Choral Groups

Mission: The Orange County Women's Chorus creates and performs outstanding choral literature, engages and enriches our audiences, and celebrates women in music.

Target demographics: provide the transformative power of music to the community

Direct beneficiaries per year: more than 1,000 audience members, a conducting intern and several composers and professional musicians.

Geographic areas served: southern California

Programs: concert programs, an annual conducting internship, and commissioning new music.

Community Stories

87 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been a fan of this chorus for nearly 20 years. Their clear, pure sound is always a joy, and their repertoire is varied, international, and fresh. Maestra Eliza Rubenstein's introductions to performances teach me so much about music and culture. The singer-volunteers in this group have built a wonderfully strong organization!

Lisa R.7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It's an honor to be a member of the Orange County Women's Chorus! This is an amazing musical organization that not only offers some of the best performances of a wide variety of music, but also works to support and encourage women conductors and composers. The singers are women from all walks of life who come together in their limited free time to make music together. We are led by our talented conductor Eliza Rubenstein whose dedication to this group and to producing the best music possible knows no bounds. If you haven't heard us yet, I invite you to check out one of our concerts!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Orange County Women's Chorus is an invaluable creative community in Southern California. I started singing with the group last year and was impressed with the level of commitment and musicianship of its members. Eliza challenges us to be the best musicians we can be and her dynamic repertoire choices keep both the singers and audiences continually engaged.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I could not be happier as a member of this AMAZING group of women. The strong connection within as well as outside of the music is something to be treasured. What has been cultivated within OC Women’s Chorus is something so special, after having experienced it, that I could never go without!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined the Orange County Women's Chorus for the 2017/2018 season and couldn't be more thrilled to continue this year. Making music with these talented women under the direction of the amazing Eliza Rubenstien brings so much joy to my life. It is a pleasure to practice, rehearse and preform with this group.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is my 4th Season with the OCWC & I've stayed for the sense of family, friendship, & support in addition to the standard of musical excellence Eliza holds us to. I also very much enjoy the variety of music we perform & our mission to support women in all aspects of music. Having been in choirs my whole life, the OCWC may be the most musically & personally rewarding of them all.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined this group because I missed having music in my life and I am so glad I did!! I not only found a group of strong singers who aim for the perfect sound at every rehearsal, I found a community of amazing women who aways show their love for music and for each other.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been going to the OC Women's Chorus concerts for the last few years. They always provide an interesting experience - music, history and context. It's a really great group to get exposed to new music with!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Orange County Women's Chorus is an amazing ensemble of about forty singers with a dynamo for a director. I've learned a lot about music through attending their concerts. The pieces they choose are diverse in origin and language. Their holiday concerts in particular will get you in the spirit of the season, no matter what you celebrate in December!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Orange County Women's Chorus is an amazing and admirable nonprofit organization that lives its mission, vision and values in ways that creates joy and enjoyment for singers and concert goers alike.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Orange County Women's Chorus brings such joy and meaning to my life through rehearsals, performances and the camaraderie with fellow singers. I am thrilled to be singing with such an extraordinarily talented group of singers under the artistic direction of Eliza Rubenstein and the organizational leadership of Mary Langsdorf.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a singer for 8 years in this group and a board member for 5. I can't say enough about how much I love this chorus! We sing such a wide variety of music at a very high level - not like a typical community women's chorus. We create opportunities to empower women through music with our Conducting Internship Program and commissioning new works (many times by female composers) for women's voices. Eliza Rubenstein, Artistic Director, and Sarah Hughes, Assistant Director, are both fantastic! The innovative programming that they both produce is truly inspiring, and can be used as an example for other women's chorus'. The board is the most functional, happy and hard working board I have had the pleasure to work with. And the singers come from all types of backgrounds and ages, yet can sing and read music at a very high level. Many have become my good friends and we enjoy traveling on choir tours together and partaking in a variety of social events throughout the season.

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Rating: 5

Wonderful group which is really integrated in the community. Their leader is super enthusiastic and brings tons of energy and joy into the music making, programming and communication with audiences.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

At all the Orange County Women's Chorus concerts that I've attended, one of the outstanding features has been the great variety of music presented--from Baroque masterpieces to works by contemporary composers commissioned expressly for the group, and from arrangements of folk and popular song from many cultures to pieces by professional musicians. A December concert is not just the same Christmas carols every year--there is always something new presented in the program notes, conductor's remarks, and expert performance by well-rehearsed singers.

Vera I.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Orange County Women's Chorus is a wonderful vocal group, connected to the local community. Their concerts are always fun and charged with positive energy. The group produces both regular concerts and seasonal "themed" events around Christmas and other holidays, sings unaccompanied songs and accompanied, performs traditional and contemporary songs of all styles and genres. Great concerts for all who love choral music; great for families - the atmosphere at the concerts is always welcoming and comforting.

Donor

Rating: 5

Over the last 19 years, it has been a joy beyond words to be an audience member of and donor to the Orange County Women’s Chorus. Their concerts are exquisitely crafted with gorgeous, multicultural, multilingual music that ranges from medieval to modern. Not only do the choristers sing currently available music, the OCWC also commissions new works, adding to the treble canon. Each creatively themed concert seems to hold an anchor piece that is wonderfully bold or that incorporates an unusual instrument. The music so beautifully sung by these OCWC choristers can be very powerful and deeply moving.

In addition to the power and beauty of their music, the OCWC group’s commitment to the community and to making a difference in the community is awesome! For many concerts, they have partnered with other community-based but often less well-known groups, thereby bringing these other groups to the attention of music-loving audiences. They provide a conducting internship and scholarships to gifted singers whose resources are limited. Their ticket prices are reasonable and reduced for seniors.

The OCWC is blessed to have Eliza Rubenstein as their conductor. She is a brilliant conductor and a marvelous educator. At each concert, her presentation of the history of the music and the composers is edifying and delightfully laced with humor. The leadership of the OCWC Board, headed by Mary Langsdorf, is truly exceptional to have built and sustained such a remarkable musical group that continues to raise the performance bar each year. --
Thank you!




Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been singing with this chorus for 15 years, and it is one of the best experiences of my life. This group sings with passion, musicality, heart, and social consciousness, providing a transcendent experience for both performer and audience alike.

Michelle W.4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The OCWC is such a vibrant and talented ensemble! My husband and I have enjoyed attending their concerts over the past few years. The diversity of the music they perform is quite amazing spanning from classic requiems to Broadway musical songs. It is such a treat to have access to this level of wonderful music right in our "backyard".

Board Member

Rating: 5

Not only is this an amazing choir, but it is an amazing nonprofit that does amazing work. All of the board members go above and beyond, and the volunteers too! If you are looking for an fulfilling way to help your community look no further.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a singer, volunteer, and past Board Member, I can proudly say this is an incredibly talented group with exceptional leadership in all areas. From artistic direction to day-to-day operations to performing, I have been extremely fortunate to be a member of this very dedicated group of women.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I knew joining this group would push me to reach new levels of singing performance, and I was right! The professionalism of the entire organization is felt from rehearsals to performance to "behind the scenes" Board meetings and organizational planning. This is a truly exceptional group of women, and I am proud to sing and serve with the OCWC.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They always play beautiful harmony in their performances. I enjoy them every time I go to their concerts.