Who We Are:
The University of Pittsburgh Women’s Choral Ensemble (WCE) was founded in 1927 and is a group of strong women devoted to spreading empowering and moving rhetoric through song. Our group is open to undergraduates and graduate students alike, and there are even spots for the University’s faculty. Every year, our choir performs a Holiday and a Spring concert. Additionally, we perform in the Pitt Choir Showcase alongside Pitt Men’s Glee Club and Heinz Chapel Choir, and we host a Women’s Choir Festival and invite fellow all-female choirs to perform. Our members participate in singing two national anthem events per semester at the University of Pittsburgh sporting events to support our fellow Panthers!
Along with these events, we are very open to new opportunities! For example, we are performing in the Purple Beats and Brushes event hosted by the Student Executive Council - Pitt School of Social Work. This event is a free art show for domestic violence awareness. Other activities we have participated in include the University’s Lantern Night, the Nutcracker Performance at the Benedum Center, a Mother’s Day concert, and many more. As the only all-women choir on campus, we find it pertinent to include music within our repertoire that reflects strength and woman empowerment. Our Executive Board is excellent in planning fundraisers and contacting alumni to further a strong and cohesive community. Additionally, we set out to inform those who are associated with the choir about upcoming events, fundraisers, and performances.
We love what we do, not only for our campus, but the city of Pittsburgh, and would love to spread our circle even further. Music is an immensely powerful form of communication and has been bringing people together since the beginning of time. We humbly hope you will be able to help us reach our goal so we can continue to spread this music and expand our mission.
From June 17-24, 2020, we have been invited to perform in the Festival for Women’s & Treble Voices in San Sebastian, Spain. During this week, we will be singing alongside several American choirs, including Peninsula Women’s Chorus, Southern Arizona Women’s Chorus, Voca Lyrica, and Belle Voci.
This is WCE’s first tour with a destination in Europe. The choir is eager to explore the beautiful area of San Sebastian and travel to Madrid following the Festival. Our repertoire will include music composed by the Artistic Director of the Festival, Dr. Andrea Ramsey. This tour is an amazing opportunity to sing alongside very talented choirs and be directed by an enthusiastic, well-known director. We want as many of our members to get the chance to go. By donating today you will be financially helping our members be able to attend this opportunity.
Where Does Your Donation Go
WCE performs several spectacular concerts throughout the school year. If you are interested in attending one of our concerts, please view our schedule below!
November 3rd, 2019: Women's Choir Festival in Heinz Chapel at 3:00 pm
Enjoy an afternoon of free choral performances at the Women’s Choir Festival! This event is an intergenerational concert and will feature the incredible voices of Belle Voci, Duquesne University, North Penn High School, Seton Hill University, and Women’s Choral Ensemble.
December 6th, 2019: Nutcracker Performance in The Benedum Center at 7:00 pm
Every year the Women’s Choral Ensemble has the opportunity to spread holiday cheer before the Nutcracker performance and during intermission. We invite anyone to purchase tickets for the show and enjoy the lovely voices of WCE as well as the impressive performance of the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre.
December 7th, 2019: Holiday Concert in Heinz Chapel at 8:00 pm
Join the Women's Choral Ensemble for our annual Holiday Concert! We will be singing a plethora of holiday arrangements. Tickets are $8.50 (free for Pitt Students) and can be purchased here.
April 4th, 2020: The Pennsylvania Consort Guest Artist Series in Bedford Presbyterian Church at 7:30 pm
The Women’s Choral Ensemble is one of the six ensembles performing in the PA Consort Guest Artist Series this year! We invite you to attend our concert located in Bedford, PA, on Saturday, April 4th. Tickets can be purchased online here.
April 5th, 2020: Spring Concert in Heinz Chapel at 3:00 pm
Join the ladies of the Women's Choral Ensemble for our annual Spring Concert! We will be singing a wide range of music as well as sending off our graduating seniors! Admission is free to all.
May 10th, 2020: Mother's Day Concert in Heinz Chapel at 3:00 pm
Make the voices of the Women’s Choral Ensemble part of your Mother’s Day this year! Performed annually, the WCE shares their music with the mothers and grandmothers of the Pittsburgh community.