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The Peninsula Women's Chorus (PWC) is a 50-voice women's choir performing high-quality classical and contemporary music. The PWC inspires and enriches its audiences through its concert series, its ongoing program of premiering new works, and its collaborations with other Bay Area performing groups. The PWC is a two-time winner of Chorus America’s prestigious ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming and has performed three times by invitation at the national American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) convention. Since the fall of 2003, the PWC has been directed by Martín Benvenuto.

Highlights

Biography of Martín Benvenuto

Awards and distinctions
2015 American Prize in Choral Performance Awarded first place, community chorus category.

2011 American Prize in Choral Performance Awarded second place, community chorus category.

2006 22nd International Bela Bartok Choral Competition. Awarded third place, women’s division.

2003 ASCAP Award. 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 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 Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence. Awarded second place ($500).

1999 ASCAP Award. 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.

Reviews and press coverage

Radio:

KDFC's The State of the Arts by Jeffrey Freymann, 4/20/2017

Newspapers:

Peninsula Women’s Chorus anchors singers, community with musical ‘True North’ by Jacqueline Lee, Mercury News, 4/20/2017

Eight-Part Ripple from WikiLeaks by Janos Gereben, San Francisco Classical Voice, 4/17/2012

California chorus heralds its 45th anniversary with an exciting, cutting-edge commission from Ted Hearne by Susan Rooke, Chorus America, 4/5/2012

The Many Moods of Mahler by David Bratman, San Francisco Classical Voice, 4/8/2008

Celebrating 40 years of singing by Anna Carol Dudley, San Francisco Classical Voice, 3/20/2007

Peninsula women to Debrecen by Janos Gereben, San Francisco Classical Voice, 7/11/2006

Summer rhapsody by Rebecca Wallace, Palo Alto Weekly, 5/12/2006

New music that sings and dances by Benjamin Frandzel, San Francisco Classical Voice, 4/10/2001

Blogs:

Ad libs: A taste for turo by Rebecca Wallace

Ad libs: Cooling off with lush choral music by Rebecca Wallace