Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2019-09-04
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Artemis Singers: Celebrating 35 years of shows
by Carrie Maxwell, Windy City Times
2014-11-12

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


A community of lesbian feminist women who sing, Artemis Singers has been a fixture of the Chicago music scene for 35 years. Artemis Singers holds the distinction of being the first lesbian feminist chorus in the United States and, in 2008, the group was inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame.

The group is open to any woman who is interested in singing, regardless of ability.

To cap off this year's performances, Artemis Singers will be singing at Lakeside Pride Music Ensemble's "Women in Music" celebration at the Preston Bradley Center on Sunday, Nov. 16, at 3 p.m. The celebration—featuring women composers, conductors and performers—will have Orange is the New Black star Lea DeLaria as host. The Lakeside Pride Symphonic Band will also be performing masterworks that evening.

Artemis Singers is a 38-member chorus performs music written and arranged only by women—composers, arrangers and lyricists. Since Artemis Singers operates in an organic non-hierarchical way, it has multiple artistic directors for any given concert and any member of the group can become an artistic director. All of the song selections are done by a consensus of the singers, and every singer has the opportunity to participate in the selection process for every concert.

Although the group doesn't operate in a hierarchical manner, as a 501( c )( 3 ) organization Artemis Singers has a president, Meta Hellman; vice-president, Midge Stocker; secretary, Sue Dunmore; treasurer, Loraine Edwalds; and directors Tina Beacock, Mary Diamond and Holly James. The group holds monthly business meetings and quarterly board meetings, both of which are open to all members to attend.

The artistic directors for the "Women in Music" celebration are Stocker and Katy Clusen. For their upcoming concert in February at Ethical Humanist Society, Alicia Case and Joy Culver will be serving as the artistic directors while production manager duties will be handled by Holly James and Mary Rapp.

"'For the 'Women in Music' concert, we are performing two songs ourselves. One of the songs we will be singing is a brand-new song written by two of our members called 'The Artemis Inclination.' We will be singing a third song with the band, so that should be really fun," said Stocker. "My hope is people will see the joy and beauty that women bring to music in both the instrumental and vocal realms."

Stocker explained that Artemis Singers is unique in that they are a politically motivated group of women who love women who are interested in social justice causes and making sure that women's voices are heard.

As for the most exciting places to be as performers, Stocker said that in terms of effecting positive change and cultural attitudes toward women and women artists and increasing the visibility of lesbian feminists, the March on Springfield for Marriage Equality and marriage-equality bill-signing ceremony stand out among the many performances they've done over the past three-plus decades of performing.

"Musically, the Sister Singers Network National Women's Choral Festival [Artemis Singers has hosted the festival twice—in 1986 and 2010] have been really meaningful," said Stocker. "We produced a festival in 2010 where we had 650 singers at Loyola University and the energy of all of those women singing together was just amazing for us."

Artemis Singers has also performed at the 2006 Gay Games VI at Millennium Park's Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Lincoln Center in New York City, the Center on Halsted, the Chicago Cultural Center, the Chicago History Museum, Women and Children First Bookstore and the Harold Washington Library as well as many other venues and fundraising events.

See www.artemissingers.org for more information. To purchase tickets to the "Women in Music" event, visit www.lakesidepride.org/events/women-in-music-top .


facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

City Winery to present Syleena Johnson, Shemekia Copeland, Levi Kreis 2019-09-15 - CHICAGO ( Sept. 10, 2019 ) — City Winery Chicago, 1200 W. Randolph Street, announces Grammy-nominated R&B artist Syleena Johnson, Chicago's own Queen ...


Gay News

Seventh Annual Edgewater Arts Festival Features 2019-09-15 - CHICAGO, IL — Edgewater Arts Festival http://www.edgewaterartists.com/ is the premier art-focused, neighborhood festival occurring in the diverse Edgewater neighborhood of Chicago. The seventh ...


Gay News

LEZFEST, with queer female and non-binary performance artists, expands 2019-09-12 - LEZFEST, a presentation and celebration of queer female and non-binary performance artists, expands to two nights - Tuesday October 22 and Wednesday October ...


Gay News

City to honor Ralphi Rosario on Sept. 14 2019-09-12 - The city will honor house music DJ/producer Ralphi Rosario Saturday, Sept. 14, when the street sign at Boystown's Halsted and Cornelia intersection becomes ...


Gay News

SHOWBIZ Designer dies, Kristen Stewart, Oprah, Freddie Mercury 2019-09-10 - Chris March—a costume designer who rose to fame after appearing on season four of Bravo's reality show Project Runway—died of a heart attack ...


Gay News

Janus' 'Camelot' has female-identifying Lancelot 2019-09-09 - Janus Concert Series ( with Artistic Director Kaitlin Galetti ) kicks off its sophomore season with a full concert production of Lerner and ...


Gay News

FALL THEATER PREVIEW Checking out this season's musicals 2019-09-04 - Chicago musical theater lovers have lots to rejoice about the 2019 fall season. There are musicals making Chicago debuts, plus many revivals of ...


Gay News

SAVOR Lesbian chef curates 'Play'-ful menu in Gold Coast 2019-09-04 - Located on the Division Street strip in Gold Coast are longtime establishments like The Original Mother's and Butch McGuire's. The typical frat boy-ish ...


Gay News

Daryl Nitz sings the hits 2019-09-03 - There's a musical gay duo with a show in town that's celebrating over 1200 performances this year at Davenport's Piano Bar. The After ...


Gay News

SHOWBIZ 'Judy,' Jill Soloway, John Cameron Mitchell, Octavia Spencer 2019-09-03 - Decca and Republic Records announced the release of two star-studded duet, to appear on the brand-new album Judy ( the soundtrack to the ...


 



Copyright © 2019 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.