Women in Harmony began during the summer of 1993 with a core group of energetic and committed women. Our first concert titled "Renaissance to Rock" was performed in February 1994 and until January 1999 we sang under the direction of Sonja Dahlgren Pryor. Since that time, we continue to perform two major concerts each season.

In March 1997, we performed at Boston’s illustrious Jordan Hall with six New England choruses in Voices of Freedom, celebrating the fifteenth birthday of the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus.

In September 1999, we began rehearsing with our current conductor Dr. Catherine ”Kitty” Beller-McKenna. Under Kitty’s direction, we embarked on an intensive process of learning new skills and preparing for our first concert.

In 2001, in additional to our two regular concerts, we sang for USM Women’s Studies Program and participated in a Women’s Choral Festival with the Portsmouth Women’s Chorus, performing in Portsmouth, NH and Kennebunk, ME.

With a desire to reach into our communities, Women in Harmony partnered with two organizations for the first concert of the 2001-2002 Season: Women Unlimited and Maine Centers for Women, Work and Community. The January 2002 concert titled “Working Women” added a new dimension to our performance with displays contributed from both organizations. As we continue to explore our community responsibilities, we continue to grow as an influential organization.

In addition to our Portland concerts, during 2002-2003 we sang for Women's Heritage Week in Kennebunk, ME. In May we traveled to Northampton, MA to sing with several women's groups from the Northampton Community Music Center, including A Little Lunch Music, directed by Justina Golden.

"The 2003-2004 season marked our tenth anniversary with two well-attended concerts at Williston West Church in January. We also recorded our first CD in celebration of ten years of singing, which
was released in November 2004.

Women in Harmony continued to grow throughout the 2004-2005 season, when we presented programs on Songs of Peace and Freedom in January and Journeys and Homecomings in May. The May concert proved particularly poignant for us; it was dedicated to long-time Women in Harmony member Anine Burgess, who was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's in the spring of 2001. Women in Harmony collaborated with the Maine Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association to honor Anine at the concert. The program featured a new composition in honor of Anine by Women in Harmony member and resident composer Erica Quin-Easter, "Do you Remember?" Anine subsequently passed away in early July 2005.

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