About

Our Mission

The mission of SoCo Women’s Chorus is to give Austin area women the
experience of musical artistry and excellence through choral singing and
performing in a group which reflects the area’s diversity and is dedicated to
community service.

Our Story

One day in early 2012, SoCo Women’s Chorus Founder & Artistic Director Janey Hall mentioned to long-time friends Lynnie Henderson and Karen James that she wanted start a women’s chorus in Austin. All three had sung together in The Women’s Chorus of Dallas, and were enthusiastic about the project.

Despite several roadblocks, there was a mysterious song of courage on a tape loop in her soul. Janey took a leap of faith and got to work spreading the word about SOCO Women’s Chorus.

Janey & Karen traveled to Dallas in May to meet with fellow colleagues, friends, and leaders of the Turtle Creek Chorale, the Women’s Chorus of Dallas, and the Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas. Together these passionate choral directors set a course and lit the path for the Austin-located chorus to follow.

The chorus’ first Board of Directors included composer Joseph M. Martin, Vanessa de la Rosa, Jason Kimmell, Elaine Chaney, and Karen James. The first auditions took place in August 2012, with a staggering 55 women participating. SoCo Women’s Chorus sold out their debut concert, Come To The Music in the Austin Ventures Studio Theater of Ballet.

Our History

Spring 2013 | Concert How Can I Keep From Singing sold out

Fall 2013 | Joint Performance of Faure’s Requiem with the Turtle Creek Chorale to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy

Spring 2014 | Concert Americana joined by members of the Turtle Creek Chorale

Fall 2014 | Concert Believe at the Paramount’s historic Stateside Theatre in downtown Austin

Spring 2015 | Concert Seasons of Love concert at the William B. Travis High School auditorium in Austin

Summer 2015 | SoCo Women’s Chorus performs across Ireland in cathedrals and the Mayor of Dublin’s residence

Fall 2016 | SoCo Women’s Chorus celebrates our fifth season! Concert For the Children featuring the Austin Children’s Choir at Ballet Austin

Spring 2017 | 5, an anniversary celebration program of audience favorites, performed at the Paramount’s historic Stateside Theatre in downtown Austin

Summer 2017 | SoCo Women’s Chorus was honored to perform for the U. S. District Judge’s Naturalization Ceremony at the LBJ Library Auditorium at the University of Texas. The Chorus was also invited by Austin Monthly Magazine to perform for the Wonder Women EXPO at the Garden Hilton Hotel in downtown Austin. We celebrated our first Board of Directors and Officers Retreat and welcomed new Principal Accompanist Shawn Ellison and Asistant Musical Director Ronnie Hall to the SoCo Women’s Chorus family.

Winter 2017 | Concert Feels Like Home celebrating the winter holidays at Ballet Austin

Spring 2018 | Concert ¡Cantar! May 5th and 6th

Summer 2018SoCo Women’s Chorus Chamber Ensemble for a tour of Madrid, Toledo, Valencia, L’aMetlla de Mar, Barcelona including a special concert at the Sagrada Familia

Stay tuned for more information about our upcoming concerts, events, and travels!