Paintbox

“Can you just imagine how dull the world would be? If just one single color was all we got to see?” – Shane Derolf
Join us as we dip our brushes into the multi-hued possibilities of music about color, and feature art projects created by children from local schools. You won’t want to miss this celebration of local arts as part of the Arts Orange County’s family arts festival, Imagination Celebration.

May 18, 2019 at 7:00P.M. in Newport Beach
May 19, 2019 at 3:00P.M. in Huntington Beach

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The Orange County Women’s Chorus


The Orange County Women’s Chorus is an ensemble of more than 45 singing women who believe in raising our voices in song and solidarity! Our repertoire spans many eras and cultures, and ranges from the serious to the silly, but our commitment to performing quality music at the highest level never changes. We’ve been “causing treble” in Orange County since 1997, and as we enter our third decade, we are more excited than ever to bring our music to the community. The chorus was named an “Outstanding Arts Organization” by Arts Orange County in 2014, and was a prizewinner at the International Musical Eisteddfod in Llangollen, Wales in 2015. Many of our singers made their Carnegie Hall debut in June 2017 singing Kirke Mechem’s Songs of the Slave under the baton of Artistic Director, Eliza Rubenstein.

Upcoming Performances

Paintbox

“Can you just imagine how dull the world would be? If just one single color was all we got to see?”
Shane Derolf

Join us as we dip our brushes into the multi-hued possibilities of music about color, both literal and figurative. Alongside our rainbow of songs from the United States and beyond, we will feature art
projects created by children from local schools. You won’t want to miss this celebration of local arts and arts education as part of the Arts Orange County and Orange County Department of Education’s
county-wide family arts festival, Imagination Celebration.

Upcoming Events

OCWC Performs at the Segerstrom Center’s Arts Plaza

The OCWC will be performing a free, outdoor concert, featuring works from our Paintbox performances on the Argyros Plaza at Segerstrom Center for the Arts!  Stay tuned for more information on this event.

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June 1, 2019 at 6:30 pm Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Adopt a Singer

Adopt a Singer: Janet Bratton, Alto 2

Janet Bratton was elected to the Board in 2001 and has been a singer in the OCWC since 1999. She is a native southern Californian – born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. Music has always been part of her life. Janet’s mother, Pat, was a wonderful mezzo-soprano who sang at churches and women’s clubs. Janet initially took piano lessons and moved on to playing the violin (because she had one) in her junior high school orchestra. As a teenager, she rebelled against the violin and took up folk guitar (it was the 70’s). With encouragement from her Mom, Janet then took up classical guitar and eventually earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from California State University Los Angeles.

After deciding that she wanted music to be an avocation rather than an occupation, Janet moved to Fullerton to work at Hughes Aircraft and pursued a second bachelor’s degree in mathematics. All-in-all, it was an excellent decision as she met her husband, Tom Nichols, at Hughes. Music was their connection, since Tom is an avid barbershop singer, arranger, director, and quartet coach. Janet joined the OCWC in 1999 after her sister, Kathy Baldasari (also a current singer and board member), insisted that she really needed to sing with this group!

Janet and Tom retired from aerospace in 2012, and she has been enjoying more time for music, quilting, and their cat Arthur (that she adopted from Trina Walker, a fellow OCWC singer). Janet serves as the OCWC board member responsible for operations, and she and her team manage all the front-of-house and back-of-house tasks for every performance and concert reception. We deeply appreciate her commitment to the OCWC!

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