Group: Sapphonia

Sapphonia is an ensemble of the Indianapolis Women’s Chorus, a group with a strong focus on musical improvisation.

The Indianapolis Women's Chorus, along with the Indianapolis Men's Chorus, is part of IndyChoruses, which was established to promote acceptance for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered persons through the power of music.

Founded in 1994, the women's chorus is an auditioned, 50-voice ensemble of Lesbian, straight, and bisexual women. The chorus's small ensemble, Sapphonia, includes 12 of the group's finest singers. The ensemble performs two to three subscription concerts annually and also performs for congregations and at community events including Penrod Arts Festival, the Religious Arts Festival (Lafayette, IN), World Aids Day at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, as well as a performance at the Indiana Women's Prison.

The chorus regularly partners with dancers, musicians, and community organizations. In 2005, the chorus joined interdisciplinary performance group Susurrus to present Waterways, a site-specific work on the downtown canal. In 2007, the chorus partnered with Park Tudor and dancer Nina Ryan to present a Spirit & Place concert called All God's Critters Got a Place in the Choir. And in 2008, the chorus and the Eiteljorg Museum collaborated to present “Sound Sport,” a concert of imaginative vocal music that included Inuit throat-singing.

The chorus has issued two CDs—"To Sing is to Fly" (2003) and "To A Wild Rose: A Tribute to the Women of WWII" (2005). For more information, visit http://www.indychoruses.org/iwc.