Musings on Choral Music for Women’s Voices
The Concentus Women’s Chorus Blog
Read thoughts from singers on their favorite (or least favorite) choral compositions, compositions by and for women singers, program notes, our conductor's perspective from the front of the chorus, historical accuracy of performance, and how we discover new or rediscovered musical literature for women's voices. For fans of choral music, singing, music for women, women composers, chamber and voice collaboration, and...fans of Concentus!
Inquiring audiences want to know when Concentus will produce another CD. Unfortunately, it can be challenging because it comes down to logistics and economics. Our Treasurer talks about how Concentus honors the composers of the works we love to sing.
One of our awesome altos, Maggie Symington, describes her approach to learning new repertoire, with a haiku twist.
Concentus member Johanna Rehbaum discusses the relentless reality of death felt by many during spring, a season of growth and new life, and how our music will acknowledge both during our Spring 2017 concert.
Concentus singer, Nina Varon, blogs about her mom, loss, and Cassiopeia.
Concentus Alto Maggie Symington discusses the French horn, Brahms’ Vier Gesänge für Frauenchor choral piece, and the cycle of life in song.
During this season of Love, one of our singers, Reverend Johanna Rehbaum, reflects on the recent birth of her son, our holiday 2016 concert, and her personal feelings on this season of deeper meaning for us all.
Concentus member, Maggie Symington, shares her feelings on the two major pieces that we will perform at our upcoming 2016 holiday concert series: Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols and Daniel Pinkham’s Christmas Cantata.
Several of our chorus members participated to community events in the Rochester area: the Make Every Woman and Girl Count 5K and the Catholic Family Center's Empty Bowls.
For Johanna Rehbaum, Concentus member, all her music history dreams come true when standing on stage with a small group from Concentus to sing Dufay’s Salve Regina Caelorum.
This Spring, Concentus’ conductor Gwen Gassler has again delighted the chorus with a diverse repertoire, from early music to a song by one of our favorite local composers, Philip Silvey.