RCWChorus in concert
The Rain City Women’s Chorus was founded by its current conductor, Jo-Ann Christen, in 1984. It has been an active musical ensemble in the Seattle area for 30 years, presenting concerts in a variety of venues, from the IIlsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall to the European Cathedral on the Bastyr campus. This ensemble of dedicated singers has also provided entertainment at many area retirement homes, as part of its service to the community. The annual Red Kettle concert to support the Salvation Army’s Christmas effort is a highlight event, as well as the annual Spring fundraiser concert to benefit the Chorus.
RCWChorus performing with intensity
Information For Membership
Location: Wedgwood Community Church 8201 30th Ave. NE, Seattle, Wa. 98115
Conductor’s Contact: 206-282-5471
Email Address: Rcwchorus@aol.com
Dear Singers and Music Lovers in the Seattle area:
Rain City Women’s Chorus is closing its doors after 34 years of providing outstanding programs of vocal music for women’s voices and serving the Seattle community with a variety of concerts at more than thirty venues. The founding conductor is retiring and with great sadness has decided to conclude the work of the chorus. Many deep friendships have been formed over the years, along with the love of singing and making beautiful music. This ensemble has left a mark of excellence in Seattle and will live on in the hearts and minds of its members. With happy memories we bid you adieu. Jo-Ann Christen, Founding Conductor .
RCWChorus with guest soloist (far left) Pat Wright, founding director of Total Experience Gospel Choir
Membership is open to women who enjoy singing and building friendships with other women. Parts include: Soprano I & II and Alto I&II. No formal audition is required but regular attendance is vital to personal and group success. A quarterly fee of $68 includes the cost of sheet music, which remains with each member. Each quarter is generally ten to twelve weeks and includes a Fall, Winter and shorter Spring quarter.
Musical styles are varied and each quarter will include classical, folk, contemporary, and Broadway selections. Generally music is new for each quarter but occasionally some music will be repeated.
Jo-Ann Christen, conductor, listening carefully during the Chorus warm up
Founding conductor Jo-Ann Christen began her choral activity at age sixteen, conducting her church Junior Choir. Her career has included directing church choirs of all ages, teaching elementary school vocal music, and leading community ensembles. She has sung in multiple choral ensembles, professional and semi-professional, for her enjoyment and musical development. “Leading the Rain City Women’s Chorus has been a musical delight for me and brought me a great deal of personal musical satisfaction.”
Tom Hecker, accompanist, teams up with Jo-Ann for an exciting concert
Chorus Warm Up with Jo-Ann at the piano, soloist Pat Wright, left, and long time member Jo Rangel leading the low Alto section
Tom Hecker holds a B.A. degree in Music Composition from the University of Montana and studied accompaniment at the graduate level at Arizona State University. He currently is primary accompanist for the Pacifica Children’s Choir and pianist/organist at Woodland Park Methodist Church in Seattle. Tom has an extensive studio of private piano students in the metropolitan area and is regarded as an excellent teacher and performer by his colleagues.
Tom Hecker, master accompanist, at the piano
Tom at the piano as Jo-Ann leads the RCWChorus, singing from their hearts
Guest Soloists & Instrumentalists
Pat Wright, guest soloist and Total Experience Gospel Choir director, enjoys singing with the RCWChorus
The Chorus is honored to join musical forces with distinguished soloists like Pat Wright from the Total Experience Gospel Choir. Often members of the chorus are multi-talented and lend their instrumental abilities to our programs,which enrich our performances with a variety of colors and sounds.
Pat Wright and key soprano Phyllis Johnson (right) having fun visiting and catching up on Pat’s international travels with the TEGChoir
Mood Swings , guests at 2014 Fund Raiser.
Steve Rude, guest cellist, enjoying his musical experience with RCWChorus
We invite you to join the RCWChorus as a member or a listener for fun, friendship, and musical enrichment.