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A Note from Eliza
Meet William Wells!
New Mission and Values

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 A Note from the Artistic Director

Eliza Rubenstein 


When I was a kid in St. Louis, our local classical public radio station aired a regular show called "King of Instruments," devoted entirely to music for the organ. It was "appointment radio" for me (okay, admittedly, I was an odd child), because even through the plastic speaker of my little clock radio, the sounds of the pipe organ reached me at a deep place that I couldn't have described in words but that I felt resonating through every part of my soul.


Organ repertoire doesn't turn up much on the radio anymore, and live organ music is becoming harder and harder to find, as churches replace pipes and consoles with guitars and drums. But the OCWC is pleased to offer you the chance to experience the most glorious of instruments--and the original "surround sound" audio system!--in person, as we team up with the fabulous William Wells to present Mighty Pipes at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, at St. Wilfrid of York Episcopal Church.


Highlights of the program include Poulenc's haunting Litanies de le Vierge Noire, Stephen Sametz's kicky "I Cannot Dance, O Lord," Mendelssohn's majestic Veni, Domine, and--a perennial OCWC favorite--Brahms's "Psalm 13." You'll also hear William Wells play some of his best-loved solo works, and if you come early, he'll give you a behind-the-scenes peek at the instrument and its workings!


Get your tickets now, as Mighty Pipes will only take place once in Orange County! (Can't make Saturday's show? You can hear an abbreviated version of the concert in Long Beach on Sunday the 24th; see our website for details!) If you already know and love the sound and feel of a pipe organ, we probably don't have to twist your arm--and if not, we hope you'll come experience it!

Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
Meet the organ at 6:30 p.m.
St. Wilfrid of York Episcopal Church

Adults: $25  Seniors (65+): $20  Students with ID: $10

Group discounts of 10% available for groups of six or more!
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Meet William Wells
The Orange County Women's Chorus is thrilled to welcome guest organist William Wells to 
Mighty Pipes!

William Wells, a native of Southern California, earned his undergraduate degree from Biola University. He has pursued graduate studies at the University of Southern California, where he was awarded the Irene Robertson Organ Scholarship, and at the Claremont School of Theology, where he earned his master's of divinity. He holds the Diploma in Theology from the Episcopal Theological School at Claremont where he received the Community Service Award. For twenty-one years he has served as the Minister of Music and organist for Newport Harbor Lutheran Church in Newport Beach. William is also an Adjunct Professor of Music at Chapman University in Orange, California. At the Crystal Cathedral, he has worked as staff member, recitalist and organist for the Glory of Christmas. He is a member of the American Guild of Organists, where he has been a dean and appeared as recitalist and service organist. Mr. Wells has performed with the Pacific Symphony and Pacific Chorale, Bobby McFerrin, The William Hall Master Chorale, and at venues such as the historic St. Paul's Chapel in New York City, Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., and as service organist at St. Paul's Cathedral in London. A priest in the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, he also serves as a hospital chaplain.

Join us March 23 at 6:30 p.m. when William will give us a tour of the "king of instruments" at St. Wilfrid of York Episcopal Church!

OCWC Launches New Mission and Values 


The Orange County Women's Chorus' board members spent Fall 2012 rethinking the organization's vision, mission, and values. Why? When board member Allison Hieger attended the 2012 Chorus America Conference, she suddenly realized that our mission didn't communicate what makes the OCWC so special and so important to Orange County.
And we realized that she was right.


We believe that our new mission will help drive all of our decision-making and growth. We believe that greater clarity in our values will help us attract others -- singers, board members, donors, and employees -- who share our goals.  


Mission Statement

What we do and why we do it.


The Orange County Women's Chorus creates and performs outstanding choral literature, engages and enriches our audiences, and celebrates women in music.


Vision Statement

What we aspire to be. 


The Orange County Women's Chorus is nationally regarded as an artistic and organizational leader in women's choral music.



What/how we practice what we do. 


We, the board members and singers of the Orange County Women's Chorus value:

  • Excellence: The Orange County Women's Chorus pursues artistic excellence by recruiting talented and dedicated musicians, preparing and performing choral music with the highest level of artistic integrity, and commissioning new works for women's voices.
  • Community: The Orange County Women's Chorus fosters a deeply felt sense of community among its members. We support each other, have fun, and work together to achieve artistic excellence. The OCWC strives to extend this sense of community to our audiences, collaborators, and donors.
  • Diversity: The Orange County Women's Chorus embraces different perspectives and abilities. We are women who come from a variety of backgrounds, life experiences, and professions, ranging in age from young adult to retirees. We are committed to performing music from different cultures and eras, in original languages. 
  • Leadership: The Orange County Women's Chorus is an advocate for women's choral music and for women in music. We commission and perform new work for women's voices and we offer opportunities for women to develop expertise and gain recognition as singers and conductors. Our board is actively engaged in organizational development, and is committed to adopting best practices for nonprofits and lifelong learning. 
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