Women in Harmony performs choral music from a variety of styles and periods, ranging from folk to popular, classical, and blues. Because of the chorus’s long tradition of singing out for equality and social justice, and the recognition of the power of language in choral music, the music director looks closely at texts when selecting repertoire. The chorus is committed to supporting the work of women poets and composers. We have performed works by numerous living women composers, including Eleanor Daley, Gwyneth Walker, Elizabeth Alexander, Ruth Huber, Ysaye Barnwell, Bernice Johnson Reagon, Diane Loomer, and Anita Kupriss.

We are fortunate to have our own in-house composer, our accompanist, Deana Ingraham Gurney, who has composed and arranged several works specifically for Women in Harmony, including You Are That, and Hymn to the Muse. Women in Harmony has also performed a number of works by former member Erica Quin-Easter.

Women in Harmony seeks to build community through singing and through collaborations with other organizations. We have partnered with a number of different organizations, including Women Unlimited; Maine Centers for Women, Work and Community; Peace Action Maine, The Hall School, and the Maine Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. Recently, Women in Harmony engaged in a 14-month inter-disciplinary project in which we used a visual arts residency that students at the Hall School in Portland did at the Maine College of Art as a springboard for a new commission and composer residency, creating an artistic partnership between the students, the composer and the performers. Women in Harmony received a grant for the New England Foundation for the Arts to commission composer Elizabeth Alexander to write a work based on the children’s work. The final piece, entitled They Have Freckles Everywhere: Seven Pieces of Me, which was premiered in May 2007.


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