A few years ago the Twin Cities Women's Choir was fortunate to be chosen as part of the Emma 25. Each year Emma donates their email marketing services to 25 non-profit organizations. This was and continues to be an amazing gift for the Choir. Recently we were asked to write a short blurb about what Emma means to the Choir. They will share this information with non-profits considering applying for this donation:
The Twin Cities Women's Choir has a very small staff of 4 part time people. An Executive Director, who is the only Administrative staff and the rest are Artistic staff: Artistic Director, Assistant Artistic Director and Accompanist. Having Emma "join" our staff has transformed our communications with our singers (150), volunteers (105), audiences (3,000) and donors making it fast and efficient. It is easy for volunteers to enter names, emails and addresses into our data base and simple to categorize and sort the names. The Choir has templates to use for both our Newsletters and NewsNotes. Emails are easy to send and we can also print labels from our list if we wish to do a snail mailing. Help from the Emma staff is excellent and responses are very prompt to any request we have had about using Emma. Thank you for choosing us as one of your non-profits. We could not afford to purchase your services and we appreciate all that you do for us.
Emma 25 is now gearing up to to invite another round of nonprofits to apply for the program this season. The announcement about this will go out in November. Please let any other non-profits about Emma and encourage them to apply for this free email marketing service.
Emma helps organizations everywhere communicate & market in style.
Visit Emma online at http://www.myemma.com
The Twin Cities Women's Choir combines the world's passion for music with a passion for transforming lives and building stronger communities.
TCWC Executive Director
I would like to congratulate Mary Bussman for having been nominated and selected as a Woman of Distinction by Century College.
Century began its Women of Distinction awards in 2005 to highlight the accomplishments of women in our society, and also to celebrate that more women gain access to higher education through community/technical colleges than through any other type of post-secondary institution.
Marie Bergerson was the lucky silent auction winner of lunch with Mary Bussman and Pat Teiken. They lunched at WA Frost.
TCWC members (Barb Gacek and Sue Harris) joined together to sponsor a hole at the Gophers Women Basketball Golf Fundraiser! These two members sponsored for both 2011 and 2012!
ENCORE! performed for Sandra Shallcross’ wedding on Saturday August 6th in the Sensory Garden at the Minnesota Arboretum in Chanhassen, MN. Sandra is a former Soprano 1 in TCWC and ENCORE. The ethereal “Set Me As a Seal” was chosen for the entrance of the groomsmen and the flower girl and “Shen Khar Venakhi” for the bride’s processional. Thanks to Erica Mauter for serving as coordinator and director, and to Mara Hennen for pinch hitting as an Alto 1! Seated here, glowing from the heat and the excitement are (front row): Michelle Proulx, Erica Mauter, Catharine Van Nostrand, Makeda Norris, Amanda Balagur and Diana van Deusen. Back row: Mara Hennen, Kim Stevenson, Sarah Ravely, Kelly Reich. Also attached is a shot of the beautiful bride caught from the sidelines.
View this YouTube link for snapshots from our 2011 Divas and Desserts concert accompanied with the song "My Heart's at Home" by Tysann Forsman: [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKAe5aRX9OE]
The Jean Loh Award was established by the Board with the purpose of recognizing individuals that:
- Have been a member of the choir for 5 years or more;
- Give unconditionally of self, time, money and/or talents to the Choir;
- Exhibits a caring and giving spirit;
- Described by others as a dedicated and tireless volunteer; and
- Consistently goes above and beyond.
MaryAnn joined the choir in 1999 immediately began to volunteer her time and resources. She has multiple talents, not only as a singer, but as a leader, an organizer and a woodworker. She is someone with a caring spirit and can always be counted on to help out whenever needed. She has built podiums for the Artistic director to conduct from and shelves to store our many supplies. She has made numerous tables and cutting boards to donate to our silent auction. MaryAnn sets up our sound system for rehearsals, assists with concert set up, hauls endless supplies and equipment. She organizes and leads clean up for Divas and Desserts concert. She invests countless hours into creating archives of the choir’s history and serves as a section leader of the Alto 2’s which entails many hours of her time.
- In addition to giving countless hours to the choir, she has given financially, including annual cash donations, silent auction items, Co – sponsoring the Sue Fern Burn, sponsoring CDs and commissions.
- All around she is the choir’s go to girl and she always does it with a smile, and if you're lucky, a joke or two!
We welcomed local composer, Elizabeth Alexander, to a recent rehearsal. We sang her piece, "Where There is Light in the Soul," at our Illuminations concerts on December 6. What a thrill to get to know her and learn how this beautiful song came to be. It was like seeing our mission in action – singing, performing and affirming the voices of women. Thank you, Elizabeth!
Last summer, TCWC announced a competition for new works by female composers speaking to the theme of Illuminations: The Return of Light to Our Lives. Entries were received from across the country and as far away as Great Britain, and this beautiful piece by Dr. Ellen Gilson Voth, based on a poem by Sylvia Ross, was selected as a winner.
Voth enjoys a diverse career as a choral conductor, educator, composer and pianist. She earned her doctoral degree in music education with a choral conducting emphasis at the Hartt School of Music in West Hartford, CT.
The competition was developed as a new way to support the choir's mission: to sing, perform and affirm the voices of women.
We were very excited to add the choral composition contest to our annual Illuminations concert. Illuminations takes place in December and is our first major concert of the season. Our February show is a collaborative performance with another group. Our May show has the Divas & Desserts theme and we often debut a commissioned piece there. Adding the choral composition contest to Illuminations concert rounds out our season with another component by which we live our mission to "Sing, Perform, and Affirm the Voices of Women."