About Us

Action Circle

The Rainbow Women's Chorus is managed by the Action Circle which includes:
  • President: Mary Alice Edson
  • Vice President: Larry Edson
  • Secretary: TBD
  • Treasurer: Laurie Ellsworth
  • Members At Large:
    • Kathleen Eagan
    • Tracy Popenhagen
    • Jan Blossom
    • Eileen Hamper
    • Roxanne Arnold
    • Peter Stensrud
Action Circle members need not be singers; if you have an interest in nurturing a young, thriving performing arts organization and would like to be a part of the Action Circle or one of its committees, please contact the Rainbow Women's Chorus for more information.

Artistic Staff

Ruth Huber, Co-Artistic Director, Composer-in-Residence
Ruth Huber was instrumental in founding both RWC and Tapestry Singers (the Austin Women’s Chorus). She holds three music degrees, including a Master of Music in Composition from the San Francisco Conservatory, and has studied conducting at San Jose State University. Her compositions and songs have won awards from the American Choral Directors Association, the San Francisco ArtSong Competition, and the Austin Music Umbrella Songwriters Competition, and she receives commissions from choral groups around the country. A certified member of Music Teachers National Association, she teaches piano, serves as Music Director for Campbell United Church of Christ and resides in San Jose with her wife, Brenda Meng, and an assortment of adorable cats.

Betsy Wagner, Co-Artistic Director, Choralographer
Betsy Wagner has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education with a dual major in voice and piano from Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, LA. She has been teaching music to students in grades K-12 since 1978. Since coming to the Bay Area in 1990, she has built an award-winning choir program at Morrill Middle School in San Jose. Betsy has been singing with Rainbow Women’s Chorus since 1997 and has been co-director since 2000. She creates the choralography for RWC performances and, in the fall of 2003, helped found RWC’s small ensemble, Vocal InFusion. According to her mom, her natural musical ability showed up at the early age of two, when she played “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” by ear on her toy piano.

Kathy Disney, Accompanist
Kathy Disney received a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from San Jose State University in 2009 and a teaching credential in 2012. She currently teaches general music to grades K-5 in the Cupertino Union School District. For fun she sings in the church choir and serves as substitute pianist at St. Jude’s, Cupertino. She is a member of NAfME (National Association for Music Education), and AOSA (American Orff-Schulwerk Association). She lives with three wonderful men — husband Don and teenage sons Caleb and Reece — but loves her weekly “women’s night out” with RWC.
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