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Spring Fling

"A la Musique"

Winnipeg Free Press May 3, 2010

Women of Note Wassail

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Auditions on Sept 9 and 11











Triumphant end to another successful season.
Annual Spring Fling "A la Musique"
Wednesday May 12th, 2010
Westworth United Church (1750 Grosvenor Ave.)
Tickets available at the door
Adults & Seniors $15.00
Children Under 12 Free
Guest Conductor     Robert Cooper
Special Guests        Sarah Halmarson
                                Cynthia Wahl
                                Wes Elias


Canada's choral music king helps Women of Note raise voices higher - Winnipeg Free Press

Women of Note Wassail
Sunday, December 6th at 3:00 PM
Westminster United Church (Maryland St. at Westminster Ave.)
Tickets available at the door
Adults & Seniors $15.00
Children Under 12 Free
Special Guests:
Soprano – Joan Clark
Harpist – Ann Germani

Mayberry Fine Art Gallery
212 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg
June 10, 7:30 pm


May 10th 3:00 PM
Westworth United Church
1750 Grosvenor Avenue
Tickets $15.00
Children Under 12 Free
Featuring Lulu and the Tomcat
and a special Mother’s Day WoN Children’s Choir


Women of Note Christmas Fest
Sunday, December 7th 3:00 PM
Westminster United Church (Maryland at Westminster)
Adults & Seniors $15.00 Children Under 12 Free
Tickets available at the door or contact

A community choir for women who love to sing!
Great Music! Great Women! Great Fun!
Positions available in 2 ensembles:

WoN Chorale
for singers with all levels of skill
Auditions: Tuesday, Sept. 9th 7 PM
Rehearsals: Tuesday nights

WoN Chamber Singers
for experienced choral musicians
Auditions: Thursday, Sept.11th 7 PM
Rehearsals: Thursday nights

For information or an audition appointment contact choir manager, Jodi Terhoch

(204) 255-5279


"It's true! I ain't what I ought to be. True! ain't what I wanna to be, but I ain't the way I was before. My Lord!"  And with that final refrain, from the Stephen Hatfield gospel finale, the Women of Note "Spring Fling" Concert ended. 

In a way, those lyrics could have described the winter we had trying to get to that triumphant performance. Women of Note is, as the name suggests, a choir made up of women, of all ages and backgrounds. But we have one thing in common. We're all trying to take care of our families and jobs, and still make room to engage in our love of singing. 

That sometimes meant scattered focus or missed rehearsals for many of us. As a newcomer to the choir, I had my reservations as to how we were going to pull it off. I shouldn't have worried. The final three day push to get performance ready was a marvel in organizational skills for  Artistic Director, Pat Rabson and unflinching concentrated effort for the Women of Note choir. Joint rehearsals between the Women of Note Chorale and Chamber Singers had been rare over the winter months. So when the final crunch came, everyone knew extra effort was needed to get us singing together.

The concert featured the Women of Note Chorale performingKinley Lange's "Esto Les Digo" and a tongue in cheek rendition of  "No thank you John". The Women of Note Chamber singers performed Michael Cleveland's "Come to Me", Claude Debussy's "Romance".  But I have to say, I think the audience loved our raunchy  version of "Alley Cat Love Song" written by Paul Carey the best.

Then the Massed choir sang three selections together. The highlight was something we had never tried before. It was the popular Broadway musical composition from West Side Story, "I Feel Pretty". What was unique about this selection was that we added choreography to the performance. I have to admit that at first, I felt a little more "silly" than "pretty". But by showtime, it was all starting to make sense, thanks mostly to Alexis Silver's inspired direction .

Another first time concert event was the wonderful piano solos performed by Nicole Duseigne. Nicole accompanies the Woman of Note Chorale most of the time. But this performances highlighted just how talented our accompanists are. The added element to this year's spring concert was inspired and I for one think it bears repeating.

Getting performance ready also meant collaborating with another Manitoba choir. During those final three days, we met with the Noteable Women's Choir for the first time. The big question. Could we make music together with so little time to prepare? We would soon find out. But there was another concern.  The Noteable Women Choir, from Oak Lake, was only a fraction of its size. A terrible accident in Oak Lake had many in the choir mourning the loss of a family member. A month earlier, a woman from that community, was killed when her truck collided with a train near Oak Lake. That unfortunately, kept some choir members from participating. But those who made the trip to Winnipeg for the performance, proved to be strong and enthusiastic singers and entertained us with a lovely selection of songs on their own, all under the direction of Karyn Morrow-Penner.

Finally, when the Notable Women joined Women of Note for the three final concert selections, the Ensemble Choir didn't miss a beat. It was a great collaboration. And the bonus was we made some lasting friends. I'm sure both Choir Directors, Patricia Rabson and Karyn Morrow-Penner will want to bring us together again.

Which brings us to the finale, with guest composer Stephen Hatfield. What an experience that was, for choir members and the audience alike. Stephen Hatfield is a renowned composer, conductor and educator in choral music. Along with his unique compositions he brought an excitement and showmanship to the finale that thrilled us all. By performance time choir members already knew the treat the audience was about to experience. We had just spent three intense days with Mr. Hatfield. He conducted us through his compositions of "Geordie", "DwaSerduszka" and of course the crowd pleasing "First to Know" gospel finale. During those three days, Mr. Hatfield  had used a mix of visual effects and story telling to help us interpret the pieces as he had conceptualized them. His approach during those rehearsals, made light of the daunting task of getting what was essentially three disparate choirs, to sound like one.

Judging by the audience's reaction Stephen Hatfield succeeded. By the end of the concert members of the audience were on their feet showing their obvious delight and enthusiasm for a great afternoon of song. As for members of the Ensemble Choir; we may have begun this season thinking we weren't all that we ought to be, but it ended with us feeling like we had accomplished something pretty terrific.  No longer the way we were before.