Women’s World Music Choir

The goals of the Goshen College Women’s World Music Choir are to discover and perform spiritual music of many cultures, both national and international, particularly indigenous cultures. The choir highlights the role of women in these cultures, celebrating the unique spirit, faith and energy that women bring to the world as creators and sustainers of life and art.

“When you sing, you have no evil thoughts, and when you are dancing, you feel less hungry.”
– Esma Redzepova, Roma (gypsy) performer and singer

Women's World Music Choir

Debra Brubaker, conductor

Debra Brubaker is professor of music at Goshen College, where she is involved in the choral and opera theater programs, teaches church music courses and serves as department co-chair. Since coming to Goshen in 1999, Debra has directed the Goshen College Chorale and Chamber Choir, and created the Women’s World Music Choir, which made its debut in the spring of 2004. She and her choirs have collaborated and performed with such noted conductors as Alice Parker, Vance George, Donald Neuen, and Gregg Smith. Debra and her husband are the parents of two sons.

Audio Samples

Title Performed by Composer
Ja Helo Women’s World Music Choir Czech mountain song
Ergen deda Women’s World Music Choir Peter Lyondev
Milost Mira Women’s World Music Choir Pavel Chesnokov
Bring Me Little Water Silvy Women’s World Music Choir Huddie Ledbetter, arr. Moira Smiley

Upcoming Concerts

  • Homecoming Music Gala

    Oct 4, 7:30 – 9 pm

    The annual GC Homecoming Music Gala will feature performances from the Goshen College Chamber Choir, Men’s Chorus, Women’s World Music Choir, and Symphony Orchestra.  Tickets available at goshen.edu/tickets or at the door as available.

  • Goshen College Fall Choral Concert

    Nov 7, 7:30 – 9 pm

    The Goshen College Choirs will perform, under the direction of Dr. Scott Hochstetler and Dr. Debra Brubaker. Featuring performances by the GC Chamber Choir, Men’s Chorus, and Women’s World Music Choir. Tickets available at goshen.edu/tickets or at the door as available.

  • A Festival of Carols: Friday Performance

    Dec 5, 7:30 – 9 pm

    Goshen College’s eleventh annual A Festival of Carols will feature Goshen College ensembles, faculty, and students in a musical celebration of the season, all inside a festively decorated Sauder Concert Hall.  Tickets: $15, available online at goshen.edu/tickets beginning Monday, November 4. Patrons are strongly encouraged to purchase tickets in advance.

  • A Festival of Carols: Saturday Performance

    Dec 6, 7:30 – 9 pm

    Goshen College’s eleventh annual A Festival of Carols will feature Goshen College ensembles, faculty, and students in a musical celebration of the season, all inside a festively decorated Sauder Concert Hall.  Tickets: $15, available online at goshen.edu/tickets beginning Monday, November 4. Patrons are strongly encouraged to purchase tickets in advance.

  • A Festival of Carols: Sunday Performance

    Dec 7, 4 – 5:30 pm

    Goshen College’s eleventh annual A Festival of Carols will feature Goshen College ensembles, faculty, and students in a musical celebration of the season, all inside a festively decorated Sauder Concert Hall.  Tickets: $15, available online at goshen.edu/tickets beginning Monday, November 4. Patrons are strongly encouraged to purchase tickets in advance.

  • Goshen College Winter Choral Concert

    Feb 15, 2015, 7:30 am – 9 pm

    The Goshen College Choirs, directed by Dr. Scott Hochstetler & Dr. Debra Brubaker, will present their Winter Choral Concert in Sauder Concert Hall. Performing will be the GC Chamber Choir, Women’s World Music Choir, and Men’s Chorus. Tickets available at goshen.edu/tickets or at the door as available.

  • GC Choirs: EARTHTONES – Songs from Many Cultures

    Apr 11, 2015, 7:30 – 9 pm

    The GC Choirs — Chamber Choir, Women’s World Music Choir & Men’s Chorus — will present their 11th annual EARTHTONES concert of world music. The choirs, directed by Dr. Scott Hochstetler & Dr. Debra Brubaker, will present a program of choral works from a wide variety of cultures and countries, and in multiple languages. Tickets […]

VIEW PHOTOS