Our StoryRainbow Women's Chorus (RWC), a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization since 2001, was founded in October 1996 as a project of Silicon Valley Gay Men's Chorus (SVGMC). San Jose didn't have a women's chorus and SVGMC started the ball rolling. RWC's first performance was as guests of SVGMC.
Our first director was Lynne McLaughlin, former artistic director of SVGMC. The following January, Ruth Huber, artistic director of Tapestry Singers in Austin, joined RWC as co-director. In 2000, Betsy Wagner joined the Chorus as co-director when Lynn McLaughlin moved to Arizona.
In 2000, RWC and SVGMC were the proud co-hosts of GALA Festival 2000, GALA Choruses' quadrennial festival event, bringing gay and lesbian choruses and their supporters -- over 5000 participants from around the world--to San Jose for eight exciting days of singing, workshops, entertainment and mutual support. Because of our unbelievable experience being the co-host of GALA Festival 2000 with SVGMC, we have participated in every GALA Festival since: in Montreal in 2004, Miami in 2008, and GALA Festivals 2012 and 2016 in Denver. We look forward to participating in GALA Festival 2020 in Minneapolis.
In 2003, RWC formed a small ensemble, Vocal InFusion (VIF). VIF is an 8-member auditioned group that gives an opportunity for select chorus members to raise their performance up a notch, singing more challenging music.
In 2004, RWC recorded our first CD, Rainbow Women, Comin' Home. This is an "in concert" recording of some of our favorite songs. It also showcases the Festival 2000 recording of Ruth Huber's landmark commissioned piece, Rainbow Bridge, sung with SVGMC.
In February 2006, members of RWC sang at Carnegie Hall in New York City with a dozen other choruses for a breast cancer and HIV benefit.
In 2010, over the long July 4th weekend, RWC traveled to the Sister Singers Music Festival in Chicago for more exciting music, informative workshops -- and FIREWORKS!
Throughout the years, we have performed many concerts with various themes, always with a focus on musical excellence, entertainment, and education. Songs with a message of strength and equality and fighting injustice are joined by those with humor, fun, and celebration.
RWC has also put an emphasis on outreach, singing all over the Bay Area, at venues such as San Jose City Hall, Santa Clara County offices, World Aids Day, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose Opera (Lobby holiday performance) Genentech and Oracle Corporations' diversity celebrations, as well as in churches, at festivals, in celebrations, weddings and funerals.
Rainbow Women's Chorus looks forward to bringing many more years of entertainment to its supporters in the community. We enthusiastically invite you to join us, as singers, volunteers or as audience members.
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