1965 - A Momentous Year
I don't remember much about 1965 since I was born in the month of September :), but it was a momentous year for women's choral music in the U.S., as WomenSing (established then as the Orinda Women's Chorus) was founded in 1965. Martin Benvenuto
1970 is not a memory for me so much as an event. It was the year I was born and the year I was introduced to WomenSing. Five years earlier when my mom and a few of her friends from Orinda newcomers realized they loved music, singing, and sharing that joy with others they decided to get together and sing on Tuesday mornings, and Orinda Women’s Choral (now WomenSing) began. Those Tuesday mornings became my daycare before I was old enough to start school. After years of attending concerts I finally joined the chorus in 1999 and had 4 1/2 years to sing with my mom before she passed away in 2004. WomenSing was my therapy during her illness and I’ve continued singing with them since. It is wonderful to think that the chorus had been a part of my family for 50 years! Hopefully my daughter will join when she is old enough and carry on the family tradition. Wendy Symon
1977 was my first year in the Orinda Women's Chorale. I met Nancy Schroth through our sons who became best friends at OIS after my family moved to Orinda. Nancy told me about the Chorale, and the rest is history! It came time for our spring concert which was to be the last for Gladys Burke before John and she moved to Dallas for his new position there. At our final rehearsal before the concert, Memorial Day weekend had just passed. Being the beautiful weather that time of year, people had been out and about enjoying the holiday weekend. At the rehearsal, the results of the good times were apparent. I returned with a broken big toe, making it difficult to walk. Others returned with various injuries which added to problems with logistics on staging the concert. And Gladys was not wanting to admit they had to move to Dallas, so she was not in the best of moods but of course led us through a delightful concert with her professionalism. We missed her a lot after that but were delighted when they returned to the Bay Area a few years later. Barbara Vandeveer
The year I got married (the 2nd time) and we just celebrated our 30th anniversary at Lake Tahoe. I also got my first (and last) sports car - a Nissan 300 ZX which I drove enthusiastically for 18 years. Other highlights of that year include making V.P. of the bank where I worked for 17 years. sharing my husband's success as president of his professional organization and hosting the national convention in San Francisco! Ellen Marshall
I want to celebrate Martin Benvenuto's first year as our Artistic Director. What a great and fortunate year for us all! - Patty Murray
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