We were looking forward to performing on May 17, 2020; our theme was 2020 Vision/Roaring 20’s. Eugene Gay Men’s Chorus were slated to join us.
But on March 12, we received a message from our wonderful president, Mary Backus:
Out of an abundance of caution, the WCS Board and Greg Sojka [our director], have made the difficult decision to cancel all remaining rehearsals and the Spring Concert, due to the imposing threat of the Covid-19 pandemic. Your safety and well-being is our utmost priority.
Thank you for your understanding and support. These are extraordinary measures for extraordinary times. Stay well!
Women’s Choral Society is a non-auditioned performing choir of 100 women whose mission is to provide:
• Financial aid to music students at the UO School of Music and Dance
• Concert music of variety and quality
• Bonds of friendship and joy from working and singing together
Regular rehearsals are held every Monday from 7:00 – 9:00 PM in Room 163 of the University of Oregon music building. We do not require auditions. Enrollment opens for new members the first two rehearsals of each term.
Check out our CONCERTS page to access YouTubes.
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 our charter president and first accompanist established an endowment in her memory for scholarships to UO music students. Through the generosity and support of community patrons, it has grown and expanded to become the Maud and H.B. Densmore Scholarship Fund.
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. 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.