High on the Mountain, Deep in the Valley: The Music of Johannes Brahms

Our international prizewinning friends, Men in Blaque (Joseph Huszti, Artistic Director), join us for a concert of works by one of the greatest of the Romantic masters: the sublime Johannes Brahms, whose mastery of intricate craft and profound emotion have made his music soul food for singers and listeners around the world. (Modernist composer Elliott Carter famously said of his student days, “We had to write choral pieces in the style of Brahms….which was distressing because in the end you realized how good Brahms is, and how bad you are.”) Come enjoy some of his best-loved works—sacred and secular, accompanied and a cappella, cheerful and poignant.

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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

High on the Mountain, Deep in the Valley: The Music of Johannes Brahms (with Men in Blaque)

Our international prizewinning friends, Men in Blaque (Joseph Huszti, Artistic Director), join us for a concert of works by one of the greatest of the Romantic masters: the sublime Johannes Brahms, whose mastery of intricate craft and profound emotion have made his music soul food for singers and listeners around the world. (Modernist composer Elliott Carter famously said of his student days, “We had to write choral pieces in the style of Brahms….which was distressing because in the end you realized how good Brahms is, and how bad you are.”) Come enjoy some of his best-loved works—sacred and secular, accompanied and a cappella, cheerful and poignant.

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March 14, 2020 at 7:00 pm St. Wilfrid of York Episcopal Church, Huntington Beach
Mar
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March 15, 2020 at 3:00 pm St. Wilfrid of York Episcopal Church, Huntington Beach

Upcoming Events

The OCWC Invited to Sing at the ACDA Conference!

We’re excited to announce that the Orange County Women’s Chorus has been invited to perform at the 2020 Western Division Conference of the American Choral Directors’ Association! This is an honor reserved for only a handful of choruses each year, and we’re thrilled to be traveling to Salt Lake City this March as one of the “best of the best in the West.”

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Singer Spotlight

Sarah Hughes, Soprano 1

Sarah Hughes, the OCWC’s Assistant Director since 2013, will be conducting the chorus for Jocelyn Hagen’s “All the Pretty Little Horses” at the American Choral Directors’ Association (ACDA) Western Region conference in Salt Lake City on March 7, 2020!  The OCWC has been invited to perform at this conference for a third time and it is an incredible honor to be selected this season as one of only 17 choirs to perform at the conference.    

A Midwestern transplant, Sarah has lived in Orange County since 2007 when she was admitted to the Conservatory of Music at Chapman University.  She holds a Bachelor of Music in music education from the Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music (2011) and a Master of Arts in teaching from Chapman’s College of Educational Studies (2016). Sarah served as our conducting intern from 2011 – 2013, and gained rare and valuable experience for a young, female conductor, working directly with the OCWC under the tutelage of our Artistic Director, Eliza Rubenstein.

Sarah has a long history of singing with choirs as an ensemble member and a soloist.  Her soprano solo credits include the Haydn Mass in Time of War, the Mozart Requiem, Haydn’s Little Organ Mass, the Rutter Requiem, the Fauré Requiem, and Debussy’s Salut Printemps.

Sarah is sought after as a speaker for professional choral directing conferences. She presented “Little Things:  How Teaching Kindergarten Made Me a Better Conductor” at the California Choral Director’s Association (CCDA) Summer 2019 Conference and “Better Beta:  Rock Climbing Tricks that Work for Choirs” at the Southern Regional Conference in 2019.She currently teaches music to students in K-5th grade in Fountain Valley School District and is the Director of Music Ministries at Mesa Verde United Methodist Church. When she’s not singing, teaching, or speaking, you can find Sarah swing dancing, scaling rocks and walls, or curled up with a cup of coffee and a pair of knitting needles!

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