The Choir
Women of Note is an auditioned community choir in Winnipeg, Manitoba for women who love to sing. Founded in 1994 by Artistic Director Patricia Rabson, WoN provides an opportunity for women of all levels of choral experience to work together to "make a joyful noise". With three diverse performance ensembles, WoN provides an enriched choral experience suited to the talents and personal needs of each and every member.

WoN Chorale 
An ensemble of 50 voices for women who have varying levels of choral skills and limited time to dedicate to extracurricular activities.

WoN Chamber Singers 
An ensemble of 24 voices for experienced singers who have the time and skills required to develop a challenging and eclectic repertoire.

WoN Massed Choir 
The combined voices of WoN Chorale and WoN Chamber Signers showcases the united talents of all choir members in the dynamic, expressive performance of large choral works.

Our Mission
The Women of Note Choir provides an opportunity for women to come together and make beautiful music, develop musicianship and vocal/choral excellence in a high-caliber performance choir, and foster friendship among choristers.

Artistic Staff

Founder/Artistic Director - Patricia Rabson

Pat, founder and Artistic Director of Women of Note, conducts all three ensembles: WoN Chorale, WoN Chamber Singers, and WoN Massed Choir. She first became involved in choral activity in Winnipeg as a young singer in The Winnipeg Girls' Choir under the leadership of Beth Cruikshank. Since that time, she has become well known as a singer, conductor, choral clinician, and adjudicator in activities throughout Manitoba and Canada. A music educator, she has taught music at every level in both private and public schools in the city. She has conducted all levels of school choirs and several community choirs, including The Winnipeg Girls' Junior Choir and The Winnipeg Boys' Choir.

Pat has sung in many choirs including The Baltimore Choral Art Society, The Winnipeg Singers, and The Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir. She has been a soloist in many choirs and musical events including performances of the Gilbert and Sullivan Society.

In addition to her professional work, Pat has been very involved with professional choral organizations and has served as president of the Manitoba Choral Association and on the executive committee of the Association of Canadian Choral Conductors. She has also served as president of the Board of the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre and on the Board of Manitoba Opera.

The Accompanists

Megan Dufrat
Megan Dufrat is currently studying under the tutelage of Dr. David Moroz at the Desautels Faculty of Music where she is the recipient of the prestigious Katherine May Quilliam Scholarship, an award reserved for the top undergraduate piano student. A frequent performer, Megan has been invited to perform as part of the Musical Offering and Music n’ Mavens Concert Series. This summer, Megan will be a featured artist at the Tuckamore Chamber Music Festival in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Megan enjoys teaching piano through the University of Manitoba Preparatory Division and frequently collaborates with instrumentalists, vocalists, and choirs.    

Kimberly Lapatha
Kimberly teaches piano and music for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. She also accompanies various other choirs in Winnipeg and is in charge of music at her church, Elim Chapel. 

Board of Directors

Heidi Streu, President
Liz McGuire, Past President
Sandra Doyle, President Elect
Tracey Silagy, Treasurer
Christine Johnston, Secretary
Jodi Robillard, Member
Pat Malanchuk, Member
Misuk Yun, Member