Anna Crusis Women’s Choir: women joining voices to build community - one concert at a time. Anna Crusis Women’s Choir is committed to musical excellence and social change. We sing to celebrate the diversity of women's lives and culture; to find communion; to nurture and sustain; to comfort and to heal; to open hearts and minds; and to struggle together for a just and compassionate world.
Anna Crusis Women’s Choir (“ANNA”) is the first and longest running feminist choir in the United States. ANNA takes her name from the Greek word "anacrusis," a word used in music to describe an "upbeat" or "feminine" entrance to a phrase. Physically, it may be described as the precise moment of anticipation and exhilaration which occurs as a singer takes a quick, deep breath before vocalizing. For 40 years, diverse women have joined together in song - building community, changing lives and singing out for justice.
A child of the 1970s grassroots feminist movement, ANNA’s early years were dedicated to promoting women’s music and giving gay and straight women alike a strong community where they could find their voice and live their feminist principles. ANNA was founded in 1975 by Dr. Catherine Roma, who led the choir for the next 7 years and whose influence was profound. Her passion for the music, her commitment to the peace and social justice movement, her drive to unearth unknown works by women composers, her desire to pull together women from all walks of life into this new musical family, became the model for women’s choirs all across the country.
We are grateful for the support of the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts and the Philadelphia Cultural Alliance.
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The encore from our most recent concert - featuring soloists Nicole Conway and Kate Caffrey.