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, of Concentus!

Learning the Repertoire

One of our awesome altos, Maggie Symington, describes her approach to learning new repertoire, with a haiku twist.

More | Posted: October 22, 2018

Eternal Light in Music…and Giving Death its Due

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.

More | Posted: June 03, 2017

On Stars, Death, and Music

Concentus singer, Nina Varon, blogs about her mom, loss, and Cassiopeia.

More | Posted: April 24, 2017 | 3 comments

Why I Love this Lush, Romantic, Secular Piece by Brahms

Concentus Alto Maggie Symington discusses the French horn, Brahms’ Vier Gesänge für Frauenchor choral piece, and the cycle of life in song.

More | Posted: March 16, 2017

Labor of Love

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.

More | Posted: December 19, 2016 | 1 comments

Carols & Cantatas

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.

More | Posted: November 16, 2016

Concentus in the Community

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.

More | Posted: October 28, 2016

All my Music History Dreams Come True!

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.

More | Posted: June 02, 2016

Triplets (Musical, not Identical or Fraternal)

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.

More | Posted: April 08, 2016

Reflections on our Evening of Fun and Fundraising

Concentus singer, Maggie Symington, talks about our September 2015 fundraiser event, We Shall Keep Singing.

More | Posted: October 22, 2015