A local women’s organization is helping everyone feel included through its choral community. Read more about them and their upcoming UNCHAINED performance.
MUSE, Cincinnati’s Women’s Choir, wants everyone to feel welcome. Whether performing or watching in the audience, the organization is an inclusive and feminist choral community advocating for peace and social justice.
The mission behind MUSE is this: We unite our voices to raise awareness and inspire changes in ourselves, our audiences, and our world through partnerships that honor the humanity and enduring spirit of all people. We will create a more peaceful and just world through song.
The “herstory” behind MUSE dates back to 1984 when the organization was founded by Dr. Catherine Roma.
According to the MUSE website, within six weeks of the first rehearsal, the group made its debut on International Women’s Day. “Twenty-four women performed three songs at the Cement Mixers Union Hall in the Walnut Hills area of Cincinnati,” the website states. “From the first, MUSE chose repertoire that reflected the lives of women and fit women’s voices. MUSE commissioned choral works by women composers and crafted choral arrangements from contemporary women’s movement singer-songwriters.”
The unique values, beliefs, and foundation of MUSE will be put on-show with its upcoming performance UNCHAINED on November 23 at 4 pm at SCPA, located at 108 W Central Parkway in Cincinnati.
“UNCHAINED will be an experience like no other, as MUSE partners with Pones, Inc. to tell the stories of survivors who have been subjected to or continue to be plagued by the world of human trafficking,” says Jillian Harrison-Jones, Music Director. “At this concert, MUSE will premier a new work entitled ‘Have You Forgotten,’ a poem by Roxanne Buck set to stunning music by Emily Cooley, a Philadelphia-based composer. MUSE will also feature artwork by an artist from the Syracuse Cultural Workers and so much more, all of which will help set the stage for an unforgettable performance.”
Although MUSE’s performance is just around the corner, they are already planning for their spring concert on May 30, for a celebration of suffrage. Then, in June, members of MUSE will travel to GALA Festival 2020 in Minneapolis.