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Who are we?
The nationally recognized Peninsula Women's Chorus is a community chorus of approximately 50 singers, conducted by Martín Benvenuto. In addition to winter and spring concerts in the Bay Area, the PWC competes in international choral competitions while on tour, enters national invitation-only conferences, and performs with outstanding local choral and instrumental musical groups. The PWC performs a diverse repertoire from memory and in the original languages, from eleventh-century Gregorian chants to modern pieces commissioned for the PWC.
What kind of musical experience is required of incoming singers?
New singers are expected to have some choral experience and be able to read music of some complexity, be able to learn text in other languages, memorize for performance, and sing a voice part that currently has openings.
When do we rehearse?
Rehearsals are held on Monday evenings, 7:15 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., on the Middlefield campus of Foothill College in Palo Alto. (Directions) In addition, singers attend sectional rehearsals at least twice a season.
How much does membership cost?
The cost for a season (half a year) is $250, plus an optional donation of $100. This covers the cost of all music and contributes to the PWC's operating expenses. New singers may apply for a scholarship their first year, and loans are also available. The cost of tours and retreats in which the PWC participates are not included in the dues. Singers may apply for scholarships and/or loans for these events.
Where and when do we perform?
The concert season consists of two sets of concerts, one in December and one in May, as well as our New Music for Treble Voices festival held in March or April. We perform in local venues as far north as San Francisco and as far south as San Juan Bautista.
In addition to our regular concert season, the PWC also performs at events ranging from church services to women's basketball games at Stanford University. The PWC also holds weekend retreats and occasionally goes on tour.
What is the concert attire?
The PWC requires that each singer purchase their own costume from the chorus. New singers may borrow a costume for the first year. The costume consists of a black outfit (top, skirt, pants), a colored vest, scarf and pendant necklace; total cost is approximately $150. All singers wear small gold earrings of her own choosing and plain black shoes and hose.
What other activities are expected of PWC members?
In addition to singing at all scheduled performances, chorus members also contribute to the smooth functioning of the organization by volunteering their skills in finance, stage setup, organization of auxiliary support, publicity, and the like.
When does the PWC hold auditions?
Auditions may occur throughout the year at the director’s discretion, but they are primarily held in late August and again in early January.
What is the audition process?
The audition will consist of a voice quality/range check, a prepared piece (an art song, aria, or choral excerpt), singing scales a cappella, a short sightreading passage, and a brief interview. Each audition takes around thirty minutes. Please bring a filled-in copy of this information form to your audition.
To schedule an audition, please contact us by email at email@example.com or by calling the chorus at (650) 327-3095.