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Group: Indianapolis Women's Chorus

The Indianapolis Women's Chorus, along with the Indianapolis Men's Chorus is part of IndyChoruses. IndyChoruses was established 1991 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. The chorus' small ensemble, Sapphonia, includes 12 of the chorus' finest singers.

Noteworthy aspects about the chorus are as follows:

Improvisation: For the past two years, the chorus has been working on improvisational skills. Sapphonia has improvisation as a core component.

Chorus Created-Works: An ongoing structure and process is in place to cultivate the individual artistry of chorus members. Visual art, chants, part songs, poetry, movement, and monologues created by singers have all appeared on chorus concerts since 2006. All works are auditioned.

Collaborations: The chorus regularly partners with dancers, musicians, and community organizations. In 2005, the chorus partnered with Susurrus, an interdisciplinary performance group, 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.

Public Performances: The Indianapolis Women's Chorus and its small ensemble Sapphonia perform two to three subscription concerts annually and also performs for congregations and at community events. Community performances in the last year have included Penrod Arts Festival, the Religious Arts Festival (Lafayette, IN), World Aids Day, Pride Day, as well as a performance at the Indiana Women's Prison.

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.