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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

98 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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Orange County Women's Chorus is the epitome of a caring community organization. I was on leave last season because of a debilitating health issue. Not only did my sister singers come to visit me, they supported me in so many other ways including sending singing get well messages from Tuesday rehearsals. Their support efforts made all the difference in my ability to get through the 15 months of my health struggle. I am so very happy to be back this season singing with the most caring and marvelously talented group of singers and again feeling the great joy of creating incredibly beautiful music together.

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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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Heather S.4

Board Member

Rating: 5

This organization not only creates beautiful music, but they also have created a beautiful community! Anyone looking for superb music and friendship should check them out!

As a nonprofit, they also support causes that are important to me. Helping young conductors break the glass ceiling is such an underrated part of their mission! I donate to the conducting internship every chance I get.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I started out as a singer with this group six years ago. Within that time I became so inspired by the amazing work they do that I joined the board of directors. I cannot say enough nice things about this organization!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I was lucky enough to join the OCWC three years ago and joined the board this year. It has been a joy and honor to sing alongside this talented group of women and to volunteer my time towards helping the organization grow.

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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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The OC Women’s Chorus is such a wonderful group of talented singers. I’ve been to several of their concerts, and they always sing high-quality literature with character and emotion. As a music teacher, I love sending my students to these performances as an example of musical excellence. I look forward to their concerts every year!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been attending OCWC concerts for the last five years, and I'm amazed at the variety and risks they take in their music choices. Eliza Rubenstein picks difficult music for the group, and they deliver. The soloists are generally excellent, and I very much enjoy the 4 member Barbershop Quartet.
I look forward to their concert in December.



Their associations with other chorale groups in the area has always brought terrific results, and their

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I attended a few shows and they were amazing. The songs were great and the singers were awesome. I really enjoy the variety in the music.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A very special chorus group that specializes in pieces that are sometimes very esoteric and an eye-opener to those who had not heard these pieces previously. The level of singing is astonishingly superb for a group that is comprised mainly of working people. The professionalism and cohesiveness of this group really translate to excellent performances.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a singer with the Orange County Women's Chorus for ten years now and I find that I love this group more each year and we keep getting better and better! We continue to empower and celebrate women in music by offering our Conducting Internship program for a young, female conductor, we commission new works for women's voices, and we offer scholarships to make it possible for all qualified women to join our group and even go on tour with us! We sing a wide variety of music, immersing the audience into a specific culture, idea or topic, many times exposing our audience to new ideas or alternate points of view. There is always something for everyone on each concert and there will also be at least one piece you may have never heard before!

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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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have attended several of the OCWC's performances over the last few years and have never failed to be entertained, impressed, and usually stunned by their outstanding talent. The director, Eliza, is educated and spontaneous in her descriptions of the music they present, so the experience is always as educational as it is engaging. Highly recommended!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I arrived the day of the concert, everything was already good to go from a managerial perspective. Organizers were early and ready to give clear directions for what the group of us needed to do for the concert space to be prepared, and overall I did not feel an ounce of stress due to the positive environment the whole staff put out. It was wonderful to work with this group!

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mclsings 09/18/2019

Thank you so much for this review! We're delighted that you enjoyed your volunteer experience and hope you'll join us again.

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

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!

Professional with expertise in this field

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.

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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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!

Professional with expertise in this field

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.