Highlights

Highlights
2016-2017 PWC's 50th anniversary celebration. The PWC marked 50 years of music-making with an anniversary weekend and concert, where voices from PWC’s past and present came together as one. Three new pieces were commissioned in honor of this extraordinary milestone.
2015 PWC wins 1st place for the American Prize, community chorus category. The American Prize is a series of national competitions designed to recognize and reward performing artists based on submitted recordings. The PWC won based on the submission of our eighth CD Mostly Made in America.
2015 "San Juan Coral" International Choral Festival The PWC performed at the San Juan Festival and other prestigious venues throughout Argentina.
Concert Tour: Buenos Aires, Mendoza, San Juan.
2015 Eighth CD released. Mostly Made in America is a homage to the musical heritage of America, giving voice to celebration, uncertainty, the spirit of struggle, as well as the tranquility and familiarity of the sounds of home.
2014 Sing and Play the Bing. PWC participated in this free concert series sponsored by Stanford Live, in the state-of-the-art Bing Concert Hall on Stanford campus.
2014 PWC Hires Chorus Manager. The chorus hires its first ever part-time Chorus Manager, Diane Dragone.
2013 Artistic Director Benvenuto's 10th Anniversary. PWC commissions and performs Songs of Night by Kirstina Rasmussen in honor of Artistic Director Martín Benvenuto's 10th Anniversary with the chorus.
2011 PWC awarded 2nd place for the American Prize, community chorus category. The American Prize is a series of national competitions designed to recognize and reward performing artists based on submitted recordings. The PWC won based on the submission of our seventh CD Nature Pictures.
2011 Seghizzi 50th International Competition of Choral Singing.The PWC participated in the prestigious Seghizzi competition.
Concert Tour: Vienna, Maribor, Gorizia, Venice.
2010 Seventh CD released. Nature Pictures celebrates a close relationship with prominent Estonian composer Veljo Tormis in this first American recording of his evocative song cycles, Looduspildid (Nature Pictures).
2010 Artistic Director Benvenuto initiated as Distinguished Member into Sigma Alpha Iota. Artistic Director Martín Benvenuto is initiated as a Distinguished Member into the SF Peninsula Alumnae chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota.
2009 Grant from the Aaron Copland Fund for Music. This grant is given to performing organizations "whose artistic excellence encourages and improves public knowledge and appreciation of serious contemporary American music."
2009 PWC Mentorship Program inaugurated. The PWC introduced its Mentorship Program (PWCMP) open to young women with choral experience and currently enrolled in high school. This exciting community outreach program gives qualified applicants a unique opportunity to work with the PWC and continues our dedication to supporting music programs for our local youth.
2008 Alla Breve is formed. PWC’s small ensemble is created in the fall of 2008, and is featured in each concert singing a unique set of music for chamber choir.
2008 PWC's Poetry and Music 2008. Building on the success of the first Poetry and Music project from 2000, the PWC joined with Tapestry Arts in San Jose and Cantabile Youth Singers of Los Altos to expand on the ideas of the first project. Children at Escuela Popular created poetry in a program organized by Tapestry Arts. Then, guided by former PWC conductor Karen Robinson, children from Cantabile composed their own songs set to these poems, which were then performed by the PWC in spring of 2008.
2008 First New Music for Treble Voices Festival. This annual event, now hosted by the PWC, began in the spring of 2008 with a concert in San Francisco featuring Volti, Piedmont Choirs Ensemble and Ancora, and the PWC.
2007 PWC's 40th anniversary celebration. The PWC celebrates its 40th anniversary by commissioning four new pieces for women's voices.
2006 Sixth CD released. Winter Patterns, a holiday-themed CD, is the first release with Martí­n Benvenuto as executive producer.
2006 Béla Bartók 22nd International Choir Competition. Third prize winner, women's choir division.
Concert Tour: Prague, Brataslava, Debrecen, Budapest.
2005 First Gala Fundraiser. The PWC holds its first annual gala fundraiser "Champagne and Roses" at The Woman's Club of Palo Alto.
2004 Fifth CD released. EarthTones includes a wide range of 20th-century pieces that take the listener on a musical journey through nature and spirituality.
2004 Martin Benvenuto becomes PWC's artistic director. After six months as interim director, Martin Benvenuto accepts the position of artistic director of the PWC.
2003 Book about PWC published. The PWC and late artistic director Patricia Hennings are the subject of an inspirational new book - Take Up the Song.
2003 Festival 500. PWC traveled to St. John's, Newfoundland, for this biennial world music festival, performing solo concerts and joining the massed choirs from around the world to sing Carl Orff's Carmina Burana under the baton of Bobby McFerrin.
2003 ASCAP Award. June 2003, honored with the 2002 American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Award for Adventurous Programming in the category for choruses with budgets of $90,000 or less.
2001 AmericaFest International Festival of Women's Singing. PWC one of four international founding choirs for this first-ever, weeklong festival, performing 3 times as a solo choir, once in a joint performance with Elektra Women's Choir from Canada, and as part of the festival's massed choirs. Artistic Director Hennings led a multimedia interest session on PWC's Poetry and Music Project as well as conducting the massed choirs in the finale piece of the festival. Pianist Josephine Gandolfi was the official accompanist of massed choir pieces for the festival.
2001 ACDA National Convention, San Antonio. Selected for the third time by audition to perform on the primary stages of this biennial convention, the only community women's chorus in the U.S. to receive this honor.
2000 Artistic Director Hennings' 25th Anniversary Concerts. To celebrate Hennings' 25 years with PWC, the chorus commissioned "Psalm 121" by composer Libby Larsen, based on text from the Bible and by Patricia Hennings and John Muir. A preconcert composers' panel discussion featured six composers whose works written for PWC were featured in the concerts.
2000 Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence. Awarded second place ($500).
2000 Fourth CD released. Carols and Lullabies takes its title from the collection of Southwest Christmas pieces of the same name by Bay Area composer Conrad Susa featured in this CD.
2000 Grant from David and Lucile Packard Foundation. PWC awarded $10,000 to hire an administrative assistant.
1999 Tour to Vancouver, B.C. Joint performances with Elektra, Canada's premier women's chorus, conducted by Diane Loomer and Morna Edmondson, Elektra's directors, and Patricia Hennings of PWC.
1999 ASCAP Award. June 1999, honored with the 1998 American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Award for Adventurous Programming in the category for choruses with budgets of $90,000 or less.
1999-2000 PWC's Poetry and Music Project. Funded by a private donation and separate Meet the Composer grants, PWC initiated an outreach project in Peninsula elementary schools to encourage children to write poems that would then be presented to three composers to produce music based on the children's poems for PWC to perform. The project involved children in 17 classrooms at 5 schools and included several teachers who sing in PWC as well as poets from the California Poets in the Schools program. A special performance in March 2000 featured the children reading or performing their poems and the chorus singing the six pieces composed for the project.
1998 Third CD released. Songs of the Spirit features selections from the vocal orchestra music written in a World War II women's internment camp in Sumatra. These historically significant works were performed by PWC with camp survivor and speaker Helen Colijn in performances during the 1980s, culminating in a special performance with the film, Song of Survival, at the ACDA National Convention in 1987. PWC presented a similar performance with Helen Colijn in the spring 1998 concerts. CD partially funded by a grant from the Peery Foundation.
1998-1999 Partially funded by a grant from the Arts Council Silicon Valley. Spring concerts featured selections from the "Song of Survival" music, presented with speaker Helen Colijn, a survivor of the World War II internment camp where the music originated.
1997 Second CD released. Alleluia Psallat features music for the holiday season.
1997 Mission San Juan Bautista Bicentennial. Invited to present performance of music of the California mission period researched by Dr. Hennings and music from the San Juan Bautista Mission archives.
1996 America Basketball League (ABL). National anthem performed at inaugural game of country's first professional women's basketball game.
1995 First CD released. Treasures showcases unusual music written for women's choirs.

PWC singers in West Bay Opera (1995)

1995 West Bay Opera. PWC and Director Patricia Hennings made their operatic debut in West Bay Opera's performance of Puccini's Suor Angelica.
1994 Tallinn International Choral Competition. Second prize winner.
Concert Tour: Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Estonia, and Latvia.
1993 ACDA National Convention. Selected by jury to perform on the main venue at the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) National Convention in San Antonio.
1992 ACDA Western Division Convention. Represented California women's choirs at regional convention in Honolulu, Hawaii.
1989 Davies Hall, San Francisco. Performed with the Dzintars, a 90-women's choir from Latvia.
1987 ACDA National Convention, San Antonio. Invited to perform selections from "Song of Survival," music of a women's vocal orchestra formed in a Sumatran prison camp during World War II. Presented compositions for women's voices by composer Kirke Mechem during a special interest session with him.
1984 Concert Tour: Great Britain
International Eisteddfod Competition in Llangollen, Wales. Participated by invitation.
BBC Television appearance.
1982-1997 "Song of Survival." Played a significant role in introducing the world to the music of a women's vocal orchestra formed in a Sumatran prison camp during World War II through concerts and participation in the documentary film Song of Survival. The prisoners' story was eventually made into the 1997 motion picture Paradise Road.