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OC Women's Chorus 20th Anniversary Celebration Concert

by: Cinthia Kush
Posted: May 21, 2018

LAGUNA HILLS...Everyone’s invited to the party! To celebrate two decades of making extraordinary music with extraordinary women, we’re singing some of our all-time favorites alongside some fantastic new additions to our repertoire. You’ll hear folk songs, spirituals, contemporary gems, and even a hoedown tune with fiddle accompaniment. We’ll reprise two of our most memorable commissions: Ruth Huber’s “To My Excellent Lucasia, On Our Friendship” and Joan Szymko’s “Water Women.” And we’ll introduce you to a work we simply couldn’t resist by Joseph Gregorio—you’ll have to attend the concert to find out why!

The concert will take place at St. Mark Presbyterian Church, 2200 San Joaquin Hills Road, Newport Beach on Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.

After the performance, stay around for a birthday bash with drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and (of course) cake! Wish the singers of the OCWC “bon voyage” as we embark on our second major tour on June 30. The OCWC is bound for Portland, Oregon; Seattle, Washington; and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada from June 30 – July 7. Visit our website for more information!

Tickets are available for general admission, $35; seniors (65+), $30; and students with ID, $15. Discounts are available for groups and members of St. Mark Presbyterian. Visit or call (949) 451-8590 to purchase tickets or for more information! Tickets will be available at the door.


Founded in 1997, the Orange County Women’s Chorus is now in its 20th season as one of the region’s top amateur ensembles. The chorus was named a 2014 Outstanding Arts Organization by Arts Orange County, was a prizewinner in July 2015 at the International Musical Eisteddfod (festival) in Llangollen, Wales, and participated in the Carnegie Hall premiere of Kirke Mechem’s Songs of the Slave in New York City in June 2017 under the baton of Eliza Rubenstein.

Eliza Rubenstein, Artistic Director and Conductor, is also the Director of Choral and Vocal Activities and Chair of the Music Department at Orange Coast College, and the Artistic Director of the Long Beach Chorale and Chamber Orchestra. She currently serves on the Board of the California Choral Directors’ Association as the editor of Cantate. She studied choral conducting at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music before moving to California to earn her master’s degree at UC-Irvine.

Sarah Hughes, in her fifth season as the OCWC’s Assistant Director, is a 2011 graduate of the Conservatory of Music at Chapman University in Orange, CA. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in music education with an emphasis in voice and a Master of Arts degree in teaching from Chapman University. Sarah teaches elementary music in the Fountain Valley Unified School District.

Janelle Kim (piano) received a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree from California State University-Fullerton in piano performance. Besides maintaining a busy private piano studio, she is a staff pianist, vocal coach, and music instructor at Orange Coast College.

Amy Dasol Hwang (conducting intern) is a pianist, violinist, and aspiring conductor. She has a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Vanguard University, and a Master of Arts in Teaching in Music from Longy School of Music. While she was directing two choirs and teaching music at Polytechnic School (Pasadena) last year, she was invited to attend the International Women’s Conducting Workshop hosted by New York Conducting Institute.

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