SoCo Women’s Chorus was founded in 2012 to provide Central Texas women with the experience of musical artistry and excellence through choral singing. We offer members the opportunity to use their voices to express their creativity through music and community service. This auditioned group performs music of varied genres with the highest integrity and passion. SoCo Women’s Chorus is dedicated to community service through singing, fundraising, and service in local charities and public events. Our belief is that music is the great healer and sealer – realizing lasting relationships are built through sharing music.
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 luke-warm reactions from other community members, 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 Austin.
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 | Concert “5,” an anniversary celebration program of audience favorites, was 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
Fall 2017 | We celebrated our first Board of Directors and Officers Retreat and welcomed new Principal Accompanist Shawn Ellison and Assistant Musical Director Ronnie Hall to the SOCO Women’s Chorus family
Winter 2017 | Concert “FEELS LIKE HOME” celebrating the winter holidays at Ballet Austin, our home venue, once again
Spring 2018 | Concert “¡CANTAR!” celebrating all things Spanish at the beautiful St. Martin’s Lutheran Church, May 5th and 6th.
December 2018 | Concert “ETHEREAL” celebrating the winter season, coming soon.
Stay tuned for more information about our upcoming concerts, events, and travels!