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
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.
|Women’s World Music Choir||Czech mountain song|
|Women’s World Music Choir||Peter Lyondev|
|Women’s World Music Choir||Pavel Chesnokov|
Bring Me Little Water Silvy
|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