You can also learn about the history of WCS, the Board of Directors, and annual events, as well the WCS-sponsored scholarships for voice students at the UO’s School of Music and Dance. See who the most recent recipients were, and learn more about them.
Regular rehearsals are held every Monday from 7-9PM in Room 163 of the University of Oregon music building. We do not require auditions, but we only accept new members during the first two rehearsals of every term. If you are interested in joining the Women’s Choral Society, please explore this website for more information. Spring term 2015 starts January 26th; find out more on our recruitment page.
Join us for our Spring Concert (Jim’s last!) Friday, May 29th!
A Brief History
Organized in 1934, the Women’s Choral Society (WCS) was chartered by the University of Oregon’s Mu Phi Epsilon alumnae. It was Eugene’s first all-women’s choir. For the past eighty years, WCS has performed for many pageants, conventions, and community events including several concerts with the Eugene Gleemen, the Eugene Symphony, and during the opening celebrations of the Hult Center.
Early in our history the family of Maude Densmore, charter president and first accompanist, established an endowment in her memory for scholarships to U of O music students. Through the generosity and support of community patrons, a second annual scholarship program has also been established. We are always proud to present our award winners at one of our concerts each year. Many of our recipients have gone on to performing arts competitions, and most recently, to the Miss America Pageant. It is our pleasure, with the assistance of those who continue to support our programs, to be a part of these students’ education and successes.
Since its beginning, WCS has continued to make three important contributions to the musical life of the local community:
- financial aid to music students at the University of Oregon
- concert music of variety and quality
- bonds of friendship and joy from working and singing together