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.