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


Debra Detwiler, Conductor

Goshen College Music Professor Debra Brubaker

Debra Detwiler is professor of music at Goshen College, where she is involved in the choral, voice and opera theater programs, teaches related courses, and has served as department co-chair. Since coming to Goshen in 1999, Detwiler has directed the Goshen College Chorale and Chamber Choir, and in 2004 created the Women’s World Music Choir, which was an invited performer at the 2013 Indiana Music Educators Association conference in Ft. Wayne (Ind.), and has also performed at the 2008 Central Division conference of the American Choral Directors Association in Grand Rapids (Mich.). A recent Maple Scholars research project with alumni Solomon Fenton Miller & Lisa Horst Schrock and hymnologist and musicologist Dr. Mary Oyer is now housed in the Indiana University Folklore Archives. Its focus on indigenous African music emphasizes Detwiler’s interest in exploring how the use of hymn and folk singing can become a catalyst for connections between people of differing cultures, faiths, ages, and circumstances, and serve as an empowering tool for women.


Title Performed by Composer
Women’s World Music Choir Czech mountain song
Women’s World Music Choir Peter Lyondev
Women’s World Music Choir Pavel Chesnokov
Women’s World Music Choir Huddie Ledbetter, arr. Moira Smiley

2018-19 Concert Schedule

Homecoming Music Gala:  Saturday, October 6, 2018, 7:30 p.m., Sauder Concert Hall

A Festival of Carols: Friday-Saturday, December 7-8, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, December 9, 4:00 p.m., Sauder Concert Hall

Winter Choral Concert:  Saturday, February 9, 2019, 7:30 p.m., Sauder Concert Hall

EARTHTONES: Songs from Many Cultures:  Saturday, April 6, 2019, 7:30 p.m., Sauder Concert Hall