Does the word audition intimidate you just a tiny bit?
Amasong is a local community women’s chorus, beginning their 28th year of making music and making waves in central Illinois. On August 30, 2018 we will host an Open House to let women see what Amasong is all about. This will be an open rehearsal with singing and no auditions. The Open House will be at 6:45 p.m. at McKinley Presbyterian Church, 809 S. Fifth St., Champaign. For more information about the chorus, visit us on Facebook or check out the rest of our website! Bring a friend and come sing with Amasong!
For centuries the music of male composers has overshadowed and even silenced the musical contributions of women musicians. Nevertheless, women continued to compose! This semester, Amasong presents a concert of music exclusively written by women,
Included will be works written or arranged by Fanny Mendelssohn, Meredith Monk, Lisa Young of Coco’s Lunch, 17th Century abbess Chiara Margarita Cozzonlani, Smitha Vishveshwara, Ivette Herryman Rodriquez, Meagan Johnson, Tone Krone, Ethel Smythe, Peggy Seeger, Eleanor Daley, and contemporary artist, Imogene Heap.
As always, the women of Amasong will sing across genres including classical, folk, avante garde, world music, and a Justice Choir favorite by Abbie Betinis. Amasong will also welcome back CU’s all women folk bluegrass group, the Coneflowers.
There will be a silent auction/raffle of gifts donated by local businesses. Suggested admission is $15. More if you can, less if you can’t.
Saturday May 19, 4:00 pm
Sunday May 20, 4:00 pm
McKinley Presbyterian Church, 801 S Fifth Street, Champaign
(corner of 5th and John Streets)
On Thursday, January 18, our regular evening rehearsal will be an open house for all self-identified women who sing in the treble range who want to know more about what Amasong is all about!
We love songs with music and/or words by women…
…and in languages other than English. 🎼🌏❤️
Now is an especially fun time to join Amasong: in June, we’re going to Grand Rapids, Michigan to participate in the Sister Singers Network choral festival (June 27-July 1, 2018)! We’ll be joining 19 other choirs with hundreds of singers from across the country in workshops, performances, and sisterhood.
No auditions are required for the open house! If you like what you hear and are interested in joining for the semester, you will set up an audition with our very friendly director Heidi.
Join us at McKinley Presbyterian Church sanctuary (corner of 5th and John in Champaign). Exact time TBA but probably 6:45–9:00 or so. Email email@example.com for more information and stay tuned on our Facebook page.
Saturday, December 10, 4:00 pm
Sunday, December 114:00 pm
McKinley Presbyterian Church, 809 S. 5th Street, Champaign (corner of 5th and John).
Free parking is available in the parking garage on 5th Street across from the church. Admission is a suggested donation on a sliding scale (more if you can, less if you can’t.)
Amasong and University of Illinois Women’s Glee are so excited you are interested in joining us for the Joan Szymko Residency on October 22, 2016. Individuals are invited to sing with the mass chorus, attend workshops and Q & A sessions during the day, and watch Joan Szymko work with choruses.
Workshops scheduled for Saturday will run concurrently with chorus rehearsals. Workshops will be open to interested participants and may include- Alexander Technique (M. Johnson), Healthy Belting (S. Johnson), Care and Feeding of a Healthy Voice (Y. Gonzalez-Redman), and Dalcroze movement.
Mass chorus rehearsals begin at 3PM and the performance is at 7:30 in the Great Hall of the Krannert Performing Arts Center. Individual registration is $15 and includes admission to the concert.
Want to join us for the fall 2016 concert season? Contact our director Jill at jillacrandall at gmail dot com to set up an audition.
We rehearse Thursday nights from 6:45-9:15PM at Grace Lutheran Church (corner of Prospect and Springfield in Champaign, accessible by MTD!). Amasong accepts women for choral membership from varying levels of ability and experience.
And if you’re not very musical but want to get involved, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to learn about volunteering at a concert or joining a board committee!
With this performance, Amasong honors and affirms the humanity of refugees, migrants and displaced people everywhere. Songs from all corners of the world invite listeners to contemplate the varied meanings of flight: from harrowing escape to soaring freedom.