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Cherishing our Lesbian heritage, Phoenix Women’s Chorus is a nurturing sisterhood, providing diverse choral programs, empowering all women, embracing inclusivity, and educating our communities through the universal language of music.
To provide community-based cultural programs intended to empower women, to educate our communities regarding diversity, and to foster the elimination of prejudice and discrimination.
Driven by the need to create a safe space to gather and sing, a small group of women founded a feminist lesbian group called TLC in 1993, and later became a formal non-profit organization named Arizona Women in Tune. In celebration of sweeping geopolitical advances for the LGBT community, and the opportunity for greater exposure and inclusivity, Arizona Women in Tune changed its name to Phoenix Women’s Chorus in 2013.
The repertoire has developed over the course of 22 years from its roots in folk and social justice, and has grown to include a diverse range of choral works in traditional, contemporary, and classical styles, as well as several commissioned pieces. Like the repertoire, the membership has diversified to welcome all women, and represents wide ranges of age, voice types, and musical expertise.
As part of our commitment to our local community, Phoenix Women’s Chorus performs four full-length concerts each year; in the fall and spring. In addition to preparing for and presenting concerts each year, Phoenix Women’s Chorus participates in a wide variety of community activities. These events include Phoenix Festival of the Arts, Arizona Central Pride Parades and Rainbows Festivals, World AIDS Day services, annual dinners for Equality Arizona and the Red Brunch, caroling visits to the Phoenix Children’s Hospital, and singing the National Anthem for ceremonies at Luke Air Force Base and regularly at WNBA Phoenix Mercury games.
The breadth and depth of talents and interests among our members has fueled our ability to extend our involvement beyond the boundaries of the Phoenix area. We have reached south to Tucson, and are actively planning performances in other Arizona cities as well. Phoenix Women’s Chorus is proud to be member of the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choirs (GALA) and has performed on national and international stages, including San José, Montreal and Denver.