Twin Cities Women’s Choir (TCWC) seeks original, unperformed compositions from emerging female composers for SSAA choir – either a cappella or with piano accompaniment – that speak to the theme of Illuminations: A journey that may include embracing the darkness along with celebrating the return of light. The composer of the winning piece will receive a cash prize of $1000, an archival recording of the premiere performance in November, 2015, in Minneapolis, MN, and a possible future TCWC commercial recording. Application Deadline: 6/15/2015
2015 marks the first ever Northern Voice Festival! We're proud to be participating in this choral festival, celebrated across Minnesota this spring, with the motto Everybody. Sing.
Modeled after the wildly successful Minnesota Fringe theater festival, the Northern Voice Festival Days will showcase more than three dozen ensembles during two days, with over 2,500 singers participating in seven venues during 45 hours of performances in front of thousands of audience members.
The festival month stretches from April 10 to May 10, and features self-produced performances from groups across the state of Minnesota, promoted by the Northern Voice Festival. Our Divas & Desserts concerts on May 8 & 9 are part of the festival month.
Two festival days — Saturday, April 11 in Minneapolis and Saturday, April 25 in St. Paul — feature festival-specific performances from a number of groups. ENCORE! is performing on April 11, at Hoversten Chapel, at 4:15 pm.
We're proud to be a partner in this first-ever Northern Voice Festival. Help us make it a success! See the calendar below for an idea of all the wonderful events taking place in our statewide choral community.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.
The Twin Cities Women’s Choir will debut “The New Moon” by Christina Brice Dolanc, winner of the 2014 Mary Bussman Emerging Female Composer competition, at its first major concert of the season, the annual “Illuminations: The Return of Light to Our Lives.”
Christina Brice Dolanc is a composer/arranger in western Pennsylvania. She has a BM and MM in violin performance, currently plays in several area symphonies, and teaches a full private violin lesson studio. She also is the first violinist and coordinator of The Dolanc String Quartet, which plays professionally in the Sacramento and San Francisco Bay area.
Over the last 15 years, Christina has performed and recorded background strings for mainstream Indie Rock bands, worked as a professional music transcriber for Bay area theater companies, and arranged and composed a collection of over 100 works for string quartet. Since 2012, she has turned her composition focus to choral works inspired by her involvement in a choral group based in Davis, CA [The Vocal Art Ensemble (VAE)], 2008-present, and her choral singing training as an undergraduate at Missouri State University with Dr. Guy Webb, 1994-1999.
Her choral compositions have already been greeted with great success, as a “Recommended Work” for the C7 Prize (Canada), and semi-finalist for The American Prize 2014. Two of her compositions have been premiered by VAE in both northern California and the UK, and a commissioned work was premiered by the Lincoln High School Chamber Choir in Stockton, CA, in October, 2014. Her work has been called neo-Impressionistic, starry, and emotionally evoking. One recent review of a performance of her work by the Sacramento Master Singers, called the piece “a sophisticated composition worth consideration by any mixed choir in America (or beyond)”. Christina and her husband, also a musician (cellist in The Dolanc String Quartet and vocalist in VAE), reside in Erie, PA, and have two daughters, age 10 and 2.
"I cannot fully express how excited and honored I am to have my piece, The New Moon, selected for premiere as the 2014 Mary Bussman Emerging Female Choral Composer Competition winner. My passion for composing choral works is great and this particular work is attached to deep emotions that we all share in life as women. There are those times where we might feel by the end of the day that we have been beaten by certain stresses in life, either big or small. On those difficult days it is so helpful if our eyes might happen to catch a simple glimpse of happiness that can bring into light again the positive aspects of our lives. That one significant moment can sometimes offer a feeling of peace to help restore our strength to face the next day. The New Moon was written just for the Twin Cities Women's Choir and I must admit that I carried all of you in my heart as I composed this piece. I wish for you all to find the same solace and comfort in performing the piece as I did writing it and I am so looking forward to hearing the premiere." —Christina Brice Dolanc
The annual Mary Bussman Emerging Female Composer competition was developed to support the mission of the choir to "sing, perform and affirm the voices of women," and along with other compositions commissioned through special funds, contribute to an ever-growing body of choral work for women’s choirs.
We are shocked and saddened by the tragic news of the death of Kim Stevenson. Since joining the Twin Cities Women's Choir five years ago, Kim has been a bright spot in our community with her talent and her spirit. Many women have remarked how welcome Kim made them feel when they joined the choir. She generously shared her passionate enthusiasm for music, kids, scooters, the Lynx, and the Twin Cities with all of us. We already miss her terribly. We offer our condolences to her friends and family, and we honor her memory with song.
As a member of our community, Kim was a sister to us, so we share "Sister My Sister" in our remembrance of her. Have a listen.
This ENCORE! performance of "Freeway of Love" features Kim at her best, belting out an awesome solo on a fun classic.