Kansas City Women's Chorus
The Kansas City Women’s Chorus (KCWC) was formed in 1999 as a 25 member chorus under the direction of co-founder, Dr. Stephanie Henry. The group has grown over the years to become a non-profit organization consisting of 100+ members that are active in community volunteerism as well as singing in performances. Dr. Joseph Nadeau, also a co-founder, became the artistic after Dr. Henry’s departure in 2008. Dr. Michael Robert Patch was the next to hold the position starting in 2013 followed by a brief interim appointment of Robert Lamar Sims in late 2014. Each of these men have ties to the Kansas City Men’s Chorus or collaborative small ensembles made up of its members as well as KCWC. Dr. Cindy Sheppard accepted the position of artistic director in 2015 and remains in the role today. KCWC is Kansas City’s only regional women’s chorus.
KCWC puts on two main annual concerts in fall and spring/summer, as well as an annual community outreach concert. Heartsong, a smaller group of auditioned members from within organization, holds performances outside of these three main concerts. In addition to pursuing high levels of artistry in performance, members have participated in community service hours for a variety of organizations in the metro area including school districts, churches, animal rescue centers, food/toy drives, and women’s shelters. According to their mission statement, “The Kansas City Women’s Chorus is a catalyst for change, pushing ourselves and our audiences beyond what is thought possible. Simply singing is not enough.”
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The Kansas City Women’s Chorus Collection consists of programs, posters, flyers, director’s notes, fundraising projects, newspaper clippings, and membership information including rehearsal notes and schedules. Materials are dated from the seasons ranging 2000-2016.