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 – 9:15 PM 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.
We are so pleased to welcome 16 new members to our musical family! Everyone is excited as we discover the joys and challenges of our January 21 concert featuring Schubert’s Mass in G, the music of Leonard Bernstein, and poetry of William Shakespeare. Soloist Elizabeth Reynaud, Maud and HB Densmore scholarship winner for a second year, will add her brilliance to this intriguing and entertaining program.
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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 including 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.