Anyone Can Sing Live concert performance from Saturday, May 4, 2019.
Music by: Andrea Ramsey
Text by: William Ayot Shen Khar Venakhi
Live concert performance from Sunday November 24, 2019.
Shen Khar Venakhi - Traditional, Kartil-Kakheti, Georgia
Text by King Demetre I
A song of praise to the Virgin Mary, dating back at least 1000 years. Today, it is often sung at Georgian weddings in honor of the bride.
You are a vineyard
Young and good,
Springing up in Eden.
A fragrant poplar,
Growing in paradise.
May God adorn you,
None is more worthy of praise.
Are the sun brilliantly shining.
(Translation from Kitka’s “Wintersongs” songbook)
Special thanks to Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble/Diaphonica Productions (http://www.kitka.org/) for publishing the score to "Shen khar venakhi" in their Wintersongs Songbook. This wonderful collection of seasonal music for treble voices is available from http://www.kitka.org/shop
A Little While Live concert performance from Sunday, May 5, 2019
Music by: Sami Copeland
Text by: Sara Teasdale
Soloist: Andrea Groner
Winner of the 2019 Emerging Voices Competition God Says Yes to Me Live Concert performance from November 24, 2019
Music by: Paul Carey
Lyrics by: Kaylin Haught
Soloist: Sarah Rowley
Used by permission of the composer.
Recorded remotely by members and alumnae of Indianapolis Women's Chorus, April 2020.
By now, you may have seen several “virtual choirs” making the rounds of the internet - videos featuring singers in individual boxes, seeming to sing together, at the same time, in beautiful harmony. You might already know how they are made - if not, here’s the general process: A conductor or other leader musician creates a guide video and/or track for individuals to follow. Each individual records their own, solo voice, following the guide track and video as closely as possible. After all tracks are recorded, they are painstakingly mixed together by someone with the technical know-how — typically taking dozens, if not hundreds of hours, depending on the complexities required and the level of perfection aimed for. Afterward, when you watch and listen to the video, it seems as if all the singers were singing together. However, no individual singer could hear the voice of any other individual — only the guide track.
Recording yourself singing alone for a “virtual choir” is not the same emotional, physical, or musical experience as in-person choir. There is no listening and responding to other singers in the moment, which is such an important part of the choral experience. Virtual performances could never replace the impact that in-person choir has on our community of singers and our audience. It was the choice of IWC to not highly edit this “remote choir” video to make it sound perfectly in-sync, in-tune, or without flaws. Instead, this video demonstrates the reality of our current moment – a moment where we must each sing alone to protect the health of our various communities. Singing alone to a track is an unsettling and imperfect task for those who love and need to sing together in a choir. Therefore, this video will reflect this imperfection with pride and acknowledge its purpose, which is to create a sense of “singing together” in a time when actually singing together is impossible.
IWC's singers are excited about this video “remote choir" project, but you can be assured that at our next concert, IWC will sing “Cradle Me” with immense joy at being able to raise our voices together, to share together, and to reflect on a difficult time in our life experiences. This song has been incredibly important to many members of IWC over the years, and to many choruses in the larger women’s chorus movement. We are grateful to composer Deborah Dougherty, who not only gave her blessing for the project, but also sang the opening solo and as part of the remote chorus. We hope you enjoy this video and find comfort in its meaningful and timely words.
WFYI Art of the Matter Interview
Click HERE to listen to the WFYI Art of the Matter interview with Meagan Johnson and Marty Miles.
The National Anthem
Performed at the NCAA Women's Basketball Final Four Game