Two choirs are celebrating milestone anniversaries in 2017: Elektra is 30 and VOX Femina Los Angeles is 20!

To mark the occasion the Women’s Choir Symposium 2017 will take place in Los Angeles June 20-21, 2017 (just prior to the annual Chorus America Conference).

Participants at the first ever Women's Choir Symposium!

About the first ever Women's Choir Symposium 

Meeting by chance at conferences and festivals, there's never enough time to get to know each other, and that’s the main goal of our Women’s Choir Symposium 2017. The planning model was simple: keep it casual, interactive, and affordable. We’re not booking any “headliners” but instead we will share our collective knowledge and experience through interactive sessions. This ‘first ever’ Symposium will strengthen the network of conductors of adult women’s choirs. 


We welcome all conductors of changed women’s voices – including senior high school, collegiate and adult choirs. To keep the program focused and great networking possible in our short time together, we would ask that conductors who work only with unchanged voices not register.


Based in Los Angeles, VOX Femina will perform and serve as a lab choir.

What to Expect 

  • A “first-ever” symposium that will strengthen the network of conductors of adult women’s choirs. Both men and women conductors are invited to attend.

  • All sessions, hotel, restaurant within walking distance of the Colburn School of Music, host venue for this symposium.

  • Four sessions of repertoire sharing (newly commissioned works, music by women composers, “social justice music,” “concert hall music,”). Registrants will be asked to supply repertoire to share with all symposium attendees.  Details to follow.

  • A session on “how to commission and co-commission new works.”

  • A session on finding repertoire for women’s voices.

  • Participation in the use of effective warmups and voice building

  • Interactive opportunities for socializing and sharing ideas

  • Tuesday’s dinner and Wednesday’s breakfast included in registration fees

  • Discounted Chorus America hotel rate at the Omni Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. Check on the Chorus America site for updated information.

Schedule of Events 


Tuesday, June 20Olive Rehearsal Hall, Colburn School of Music

1:00 – 3:00 PM – Effective warmups/voice building & Repertoire Session I

3:00 – 3:20 – Break (coffee and snacks)

3:20 – 5:00 – Repertoire Session II

5:15 – 6:15 – Cocktail hour in Noe Lounge at the Omni Hotel

6:30 – 7:45 PM – VOX Femina performance/workshop

8:15 – Hosted dinner at Pez Cantina


Wednesday, June 21

8:15 – 9:15 AM  – Hosted breakfast and socializing

9:30 – 11:00 – Repertoire Session III

11:00 – 11:15 – Break

11:15– 12:00  – Commissioning/Co-commissioning & finding repertoire, wrap-up


For further questions about the Symposium, please contact Morna Edmundson: mornaedmundson (at) telus.net

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