Celebrating Women’s Choral Compositions

Founded in 2000 by conductors Edna Yeh and Gwendolyn Gassler, the Concentus Women’s Chorus is devoted to exploring the wide variety of classical music, ranging from medieval chant through contemporary compositions, written specifically for women's voices. Ensemble members are experienced singers and are expected to share a commitment to lifelong learning as musicians.

Concentus in concert

In addition to yearly full length concert presentations each year, Concentus performs at several special events in the Greater Rochester and Central New York area. Recent highlights include participation in the Bi-annual Choral Prism Concert, sponsored by the Greater Rochester Choral Consortium, gallery opening celebrations at the Rochester Memorial Art Gallery, and two performances with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and a special, featured performance of Gustav Holst’s, The Planets with Penfield Symphony Orchestra. Concentus regularly premiers, and has also commissioned the composition of music specific for women’s voices, including Deanna Witkowski’s work, “And I heard her name was Proverb.”

RehearsalWeekly rehearsals (September-May) are held Sunday evenings from 7:00-9:30 p.m. at Asbury First United Methodist Church. Auditions are held before each season commences in September and June, and by appointment as needed at other times of the year. Learn how you can join us .

Concentus is a registered not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization and a member of the Greater Rochester Choral Consorium.

Mission

  • To cultivate, promote, and develop an appreciation and understanding of choral music written for women through performance and discussion.
  • To discover, study and perform women’s choral music from a diversity of musical eras and in a diversity of styles.
  • To engage with the community to promote our common interest in classical choral music and add our collective voice wherever it serves.

Concentus celebrates our long history contributing to the story of women’s classical choral music…then and now (this photo, circa 2002, features co-founder Edna Yeh, center).