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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Monday, April 13, 2015

The California Women’s Chorus, Inc.

The California Women’s Chorus, Inc. (CWC)., a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging choral singing among women will hold their 46th annual public scholarship concert, April 26, 2015 at 2:00 pm at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel 100 The City Drive, Orange, CA. Member choruses throughout California numbering over 300 women belong to the CWC. The Santa Barbara Treble Clef chorus (SBTC) is a member of CWC and most of its’ members will sing in the combined chorus concert.in April. Until that time, the local group will perform within their community and continue weekly rehearsals. SBTC like all the choruses comprising CWC, rehearse and perform for the love of music and to bring joy to their audiences. The purpose of CWC and its member choruses is to promote choral singing among women and to raise funds for music awards for vocal students which are presented at the annual concert.
Santa Barbara Treble Clef conducted auditions in March to select the three winners of the CWC scholarships. They have announced Tyler Reece, baritone, Joanna Lynn-Jacobs, mezzo-soprano, and Adam Bradley, tenor as the scholarship recipients. They will each perform at the CWC concert and receive their awards at that time. Each has studied vocal performance in the U.S. and performed special studies in Europe. They have garnered many awards and accolades for their individual accomplishments.
CWC co-chairs this year, Kathy Moshenko , Susan Pieper of the SBTC and Kathy Gast of Harbor Singers have announced the selection of Rob Blaney as guest director for the CWC concert, “Sounds of the Seasons”. Mr. Blaney, an accomplished arranger and composer, is currently the director of Vocal Music at Woodbridge High School in Irvine, where he directs four choirs and teaches classes in musical theatre and vocal production. He is an energetic and multi-talented arranger, composer and free- lance musician. He received a Kennedy Center award for his original soundtrack for the play, “The Woman In Black” at Concordia University where he received a B.A. degree and a Masters in Education. He was recently selected as one of 222 quarterfinalists (out of over 7,000 submissions) for the GRAMMY Educator of the Year Award. The CWC is proud to have him conduct the 200+ women’s chorus this year. He is back by popular demand having conducted CWC in 2013. His most valuable time is spent with his wife Joanna and their children Faith (8) and Elijah (6).

Accompanying the CWC chorus will be Christine Lecce, who received her Bachelor of Music Education with an emphasis in piano performance from Youngstown State University in Ohio. She currently is the accompanist for Woodbridge High School, Irvine. Christine is happy to renew her acquaintance with CWC. She accompanied

the chorus in 2013 and she accompanied her daughter, Clarisse when she was a scholarship finalist in CWC’s 2003 competition.

Mistress of Ceremonies for the Sunday afternoon concert will be Shirley Stewart, Keeper of the Seal for CWC since 1979. Since joining CWC in 1971, she served as choreographer for the Whittier Women’s chorus for 20 years. She has served on the
East Whittier School District Board of Education and has hosted five different weekly cable shows for over ten years. Shirley was honored in Washington DC as Media One Cable in the Classroom Teacher of the Year. In 2000, she was selected as Teacher of the Year for the Downey School District and is currently the AP coordinator at Warren High School. CWC is proud to have Shirley as an active member and especially as mistress of ceremonies for the Sounds of the Seasons concert.

Concert tickets are available by contacting Kathy Gast bk@gast.com or
at the theatre box office. Donation $18

To donate to the scholarship fund, contact Jan Berneau 8188 82-2868 jberneau@earthlink.net

Contact

Kathy Gast bk@gast.com

To donate to the scholarship fund, contact Jan Berneau 8188 82-2868

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