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Orange County Womens Chorus

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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 800 audience members, two conducting interns and several composers and professional musicians.

Geographic areas served: southern California

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

Community Stories

76 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!

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.

Marie78

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is such a privilege to not only volunteer for this wonderful group of women, but also sing with them. They have become like any extended family who creates beautiful music together. I look forward to every opportunity to serve and every weekly rehearsal.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I'm both a volunteer & chorus member for OCWC. This is a great group of women who strive to make beautiful music while also developing a great support system for all its members. They almost feel like family & in fact several of them have become my closest friends. Not only are they dedicated to the music, they are dedicated to supporting amazing causes in the community & beyond by participating in fundraiser walks for cancer & other such events in addition to supporting women composers & conductors.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have sung with this organization for 20 years. I love the way we sing music that is rarely heard, but can be powerful. We have a position for a female conducting intern. It allows us to be active in furthering the career of a woman. I've invited friends to hear us and once they have been present at our performances they return over and over again without my asking. The Chorus is a professional level production available to the community at reasonable prices.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Over the last eighteen years, Orange County Women's Chorus has become the premier treble chorus in Southern California. People still go to performances because they are friends of singers but come back repeatedly because of the excellence of the group. It is the most important vocal ensemble you will ever experience. They work hard to find affordable venues with excellent sound. You can afford to experience incredible music. Just go to: www.ocwomenschorus.org and purchase a season ticket.

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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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a singer with the Orange County Women's Chorus for a little over a year. I am extraordinarily pleased to be singing with a group of singers that is outstanding both for its talent and its camaraderie. I am impressed with the remarkable artistic, financial and organizational direction of the OCWC; it's Artistic and Executive Directors plus the Board of Directors are talented, committed and dedicated. That's a great mix for a musical and non-profit organization. The joy and pride of being a member of such an incredible organization is immeasurable.

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Brian Patrick W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've had the pleasure of going to an Orange County Women's Chorus performance twice now and both times were truly exceptional. So much talent and passion! As a bonus, the silent auctions featured really great gifts as well! I definitely recommend going to see one of their performances - you will not be disappointed!

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Rating: 5

Performing with the OCWC is an absolute joy, and something I look forward to whenever I get the opportunity. Eliza is an amazing leader and conductor, and the group performs a wide variety of literature, always at the highest level.

Donor

Rating: 5

I had the privilege of singing 10 years with the OCWC and then off and on for a few seasons as I had time. I have been attending their concerts for the last 3 years and they are as marvelous as ever. They have great blend, wonderful dynamics, and song selections, as always, surpasses expectations. You can't get better than this. They "communicate" real music and make it come alive for the audience.

Lynne Kabaczy

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been attending concerts put on by the Orange County Womens Chorus for several years now. They are a top notch organization and every concert is a wonderful and unique experience. I love that they feature and promote female musicians. Their musical selections are always intriguing and open my eyes to different styles of music. Since I enjoy their concerts so much, I felt that they were a worthy charitable organization to donate to.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined the OCWC in September 2016. The chorus members, Board Members and conductor have all been such wonderfully welcoming. The music is challenging, diverse and interesting. The organization is extremely well run and organized. It has been a true pleasure and I am so grateful to his group for bringing me the joy of music back into my life!

Volunteer

Rating: 5


Even if I had not been a member of this group, it is still precisely the type of organization I would wish to support. Not only does this group of all-volunteer singers bring outstanding music to the public (and at a much higher level than one might suppose for a non-professional ensemble), but they also live their mission: to promote women in music. A conducting internship, commissioned works, and a vast library of pieces by women composers all enhance their importance to the musical community and the public. But OCWC is not just a choir; it is a community. Singers genuinely support one another, both "on and off the stage," inside and outside of rehearsals, in both musical and personal endeavors.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Orange County Women's Chorus is a group of highly-dedicated singers and lovely people. I am fortunate to be a part of this ensemble, both as a volunteer and as a singer, and know that every moment I contribute as a volunteer truly has an impact on OCWC's operations and success.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a privilege it is to sing with the Orange County Women's Chorus! The range of repertoire is amazing--music from classical to contemporary, in many languages, and featuring many women composers. Eliza Rubenstein is a genius for putting together programs and in connecting with audiences. Friends who come to the concerts always comment on the artistry and pure sound of the chorus.

Cindy217

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a privilege it is to sing with this dedicated and lovely group of women. I appreciate the diversity in backgrounds, ages, education--all coming together to not only make beautiful music but to share it with those around us. Each season we set our goals a little higher and then strive to attain them--that's devotion. On a personal level, I consider the women who make up OCWC my friends as well as my co-singers....such an honor to be a part of this amazing group.