UK Women's Choir
The University of Kentucky Women’s Choir is a select ensemble composed of over 100 of the school’s most talented female voices. These singers, ranging from freshmen to graduate students, represent a variety of musical backgrounds and academic disciplines. The choir’s challenging and diverse repertoire includes literature spanning from Gregorian chant to eight-part music of the 21st Century. With an emphasis on music by female composers, the ensemble performs works of many different languages and compositional forms. Despite their limited rehearsal schedule of two and a half hours per week, the UK Women’s Choir has achieved several distinguished honors in recent years. This prestigious group of young women, which has grown in size from 30 to more than 100 over the past 15 years, has been invited to perform at the ACDA National Convention (New York) in 2003, the MENC Southern Division Convention (Louisville) in 2001, the ACDA Southern Division Convention (Florida) in 2000. In 2008 the choir was featured at both the ACDA Southern Division (Louisville) and MENC National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 2013 the choir performed at the ACDA National Convention in Dallas, Texas. Additionally the choir has toured internationally including performances at Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris and St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Vienna in 2005; St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome and St. Mark’s Cathedral, Florence in 2009. The choir has recently returned from England, Ireland, and Wales in June of 2012 with performances at Canterbury Cathedral, Ely Cathedral, Bath Abby and Evensong in St. Patrick’s, Dublin.
The UK Women's Choir is an auditioned choir of over 100 students (freshman through graduate). Our conductor is Dr. Lori Hetzel, the Associate Director of Choral Ensembles at UK.
Assistant Conductor: Patrick Callaghan | Accompanist: Mr. Brock Terry | Vocal Technician: Dr. Beth Arnold
Officers: Officers: Co-Presidents - Oriana Midence and Nicole Schladt, Secretary/Treasurer - Lydia Doggett, Historians - Devyn Edwards and Kathryn Dressman
Section Leaders: Soprano 1 - Alyssa Marie Pendleton, Soprano 2 - Natalie Minton, Alto 1 - Maggie Smith, Alto 2 - Sara Erickson
Quotes from the Conductor:
"It is truly an honor to stand in front of such talented, young women. We make glorious music together and share special friendships."
"My goal for each and every rehearsal is to have a 'goose bump' moment, almost to be able to freeze time to experience nothing but true beauty around us. These moments happen by creating sound ideals together, usually not by words spoken but by the beauty of the musical composition."
The Women's Choir has an Alumni Association.
Award Winning Tradition
The UK Women’s Choir has been invited to perform at several prestigious events including the Music Educator's National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisc (2008), the American Choral Director's Association (ACDA) Southeastern Division Conference in Louisville (2008) and the ACDA National Convention in Dallas (2013). We also perform in local events including our Fall Concert and the Christmas Collage with the entire UK Choral Program, Lexington Singers Children’s Choir and other outstanding UK and local music ensembles.
However, the most unique thing about the Women's Choir is not our accomplishments. Rather it is the atmosphere of sisterhood among its members. Unlike many other collegiate choirs, the group is diverse with nearly equal numbers of music majors and non-majors as well as freshman through seniors. Many students argue that the amount of work put into the program does not constitute the one credit point they receive. With Dr. Hetzel’s encouragement, it is apparent that this fact does not matter. Each individual of this outstanding group of women unite with the same purpose: their passion for music.
Quotes from Members:
"If music has this awesome power to unite a diverse group of girls across a campus of 30,000, who is to stop it from uniting a world that's torn apart by terrorism and ravaging wars?" – Raye Maggard, Music Education
"I love Dr. Hetzel's energy in rehearsal; it makes me love to sing even more than I already do." – Michelle Taylor, Music Education
"It's great being with a group of women singers because there is a different energy and power. Very rarely do you get that same feeling with mixed choirs. I wouldn't trade that feeling for the world." – Jennifer Nantz, Vocal Performance