Tucson Women's Chorus
WHO ARE WE?
Our History & Mission
The Tucson Women’s Chorus has celebrated the joy and community of singing together for more than 30 years. Karleena Ravenswood founded the group in 2002 and was passionate about the personal inspiration that comes from singing with others. All women who liked to sing were welcome, and auditions were not held. Karleena emphasized learning by ear and allowed no written music to be used in rehearsal. The group thrived not only as singers, but also as a community.
When Karleena died somewhat suddenly in 2016, members wondered whether the chorus could continue. But in the wake of their loss, the women of TWC bound together and kept the chorus strong for several more years.
And then came the pandemic, where the chorus fell silent for some months, again, its future threatened. For over a year singers dared not gather to sing. But like a shining ray of hope, a leading member named Catherine bravely led 2 short singing series online, allowing us to SING together even when we could BE together. In the latter of these, she chose the appropriately inspiring Rising Appalachia song “I Am Resilient,” which the chorus had sung together in a prior year.
A short time later, Catherine decided to end her time with TWC and move on to new adventures, we wondered whether the chorus could survive once again. But in yet another miracle, an experienced and energetic choral director, Natalie Killom, presented herself to us just a few months later. Since then, little by little, and most of all thanks to her skilled and loving leadership, talent, and passion for our chorus, we are thriving once again. We are learning to trust our resilience and thrilled to grow and change once again under Natalie. Please enjoy the video below of our resilient women continuing to sing and connect during the height of the pandemic.
OUR MISSION: We are a secular chorus committed to celebrating all women’s voices in a vibrant, intentionally welcoming singing community. We cherish the opportunity to get to know one another and to feel a sense of togetherness. At the same time, we look for opportunities to sing with other women outside our group. We do not hold auditions, nor do we ask that singers be able to sight read music. But we take delight in the chance to learn new songs together, to improve as musicians bit by bit, to rehearse, practice, perform,
and have fun!
For each series, our Artistic Director identifies an idea or theme, and selects relevant songs from a wide world of human experience, musical traditions, histories, communities, and styles. The selections help us to grow musically, and also may challenge us to consider our understandings of the theme in new light and from the vantage point of women whose stories we have not previously known. We especially value this opportunity. We sometimes sing the songs of women whose languages and lives are quite different from our own, and we strive to do so in a way that honors and respects the knowledge, experiences, language, and stories of the humans who have created and sung these songs as their own.