Anna will be holding auditions for new singers on Saturday, August 23, 2014.
Our auditions are gentle and painless – bring your voice and spirit
All auditions are by appointment only and are scheduled by our Audition Guide after you fill out the online application.
Your audition should last no more than 15 minutes. When you arrive, a small group of choir members, "the porch sitters," will be on hand to greet you, answer any questions you may have and get to know you better.
Please prepare a selection of your choice to sing for the committee. It can be acapella or with accompaniment. You can accompany yourself on any instrument, with a backing track (let us know so we can provide equipment) or, if you bring sheet music with you, our pianist can play for you. You do not need to have your piece memorized!
We will do a short vocal warm-up to determine your range. You will be asked to sight sing (to the best of your ability) a small part of another song, and you will be asked to sing with a small group of Annas to determine your ability to blend.
AND THE WOMEN WILL SING . . .
Anna's Fall Concert with special guest and vocal activist
"Melanie DeMore's singing is thrilling. This is not a voice that comes along everyday. This is WOMAN POWER WRAPPED IN VELVET." ~ Ronnie Gilbert
SAY HELLO TO MELANIE DEMORE! A songwriter, troubadour, and an emissary of tolerance, kindness, and harmony through the sound of her golden voice.
She’s traveled the world, was a founding member of the Grammy nominated vocal ensemble Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir, and is constantly amazed by her life.
Dear Alums and Friends,
Anna Crusis Women’s Choir has been singing for nearly forty years: singing to nurture and sustain, to comfort and heal, and to open hearts and minds. Without your support this incredible accomplishment would not have been possible.
As the singers of this cherished organization, we are writing to ask that you take a moment today to renew your support. Did you know that each singer pays member dues of $120 per year?This financial contribution shows our commitment to a community full of the vibrant new energy of young feminists, as well as deep respect for the wisdom of those who have brought us to where we are today.
ANNA continues to stand strong as a leader in the feminist choral movement and we need your support now in order to make our dreams for next season and the future a reality. Please accept our challenge to match our singer dues and make a donation today of $120. You can also make a donation of any amount online or with the enclosed envelope. Consider our monthly donation option of $10 a month.
We have big plans in store for our 40th anniversary season next year. We have commissioned a new work by renowned composer Joan Szymko. The piece she composed for our 30th anniversary, “Finding Her Here,” has become a staple in women’s choral literature. We are also thrilled to be sharing the stage with singer, composer and vocal activist, Melanie DeMore. Melanie is an amazingly powerful, soulful performer and community builder and she will be our guest in the fall.
Just think, for the price of two lattes a month, you can help ANNA carry on for another forty years.
Donate $120 or more by June 30th for a chance to win dinner at Jamonera, with Melanie DeMore and
Artistic Director Miriam Davidson.
Let’s keep our connections alive. Help us make our 40th anniversary season the best it can be.
The 2014 Singers of ANNA.
Jenn, Maria, Anneliese, Jen, Tracy, Kate, Laura, Sue, Yael, Sophia, Michiko, Judith, Virginia, Katelyn, Sarah, Linda, Beth, Lisa, Emily, Allison, Anna, Rebekah, Julia, Genevieve, Katherine, Winona, Ariel, Leona, Nicole, Alli, Melissa, Joy, Liz, Kim, Janacki, Mindy, Sharon, Lori, Sharon, Jeanne, Lauren, Jenny, Darcel, Ashley, Mariana, Troi, Sarah,Phyllis, Helen
These are exciting times for ANNA - here are just a few of the events and collaborations we will be participating in:
June 3, 2014: In anticipation of our collaborative performance with the Los Angeles Gay Men's Choir in November (see below), ANNA will be performing at the Kimmel Center Plaza in a showcase concert. Also performing are Philadelphia Voices of Pride, Rainbow Chorale of Delaware, Sharon Katz and the Peace Train. 6-8 pm.
June 22, 2014: Reading Terminal Market, 1:00 pm
Sept. 13, 2014: ANNA sings at the NOC Walk. Fairmount Park.
Nov. 8, 2014: It Gets Better - is part of outreach programming sponsored by the Kimmel Center and features a week-long residency by the Los Angeles Gay Men's Choir. ANNA will be part of a combined choir for a culminating concert on Nov. 8.
Nov. 29, 2014: Distinguished Concerts International New York - a small group of ANNA's will be performing in a combined choir of 100 voices in a concert: The Music of Women's Voices by Gwyneth Walker, conducted by Elizabeth Nunez, at Alice Tully Hall. www.dciny.org.
December 6 & 7, 2014: "And the Women Will Sing" Anna's fall concert featuring special guest Melanie DeMore. This is something you won't want to miss! www.melaniedemore.com
June 6 & 7, 2015 : "Reclaming the 'F' Word: This is What a Feminist Looks Like". ANNA'S 40th Annivesary Concert Celebration. International House, 3701 Chestnut St.
March, 2016: ANNA is proud to have been asked to participate in an NEA funded project with The Philadelphia Singers entitled, "Women Aloud: Celebration of Women in Music." ANNA will be joining TPS and Sister Cities Girl Choir in an innovative concert highlighting female composers.
Stay tuned for more information as it comes in.
This spring Anna lost a cherished member of our community. Carolin 'Duffy' Moore, passed away peacefully at Keystone House on April 8, 2014 after a valiant battle with breast cancer. She is survived by her mother, Katherine Moore, sisters Brenda Strong and Marybelle Moore, nephews Michael and William (Bill), cousin Helen, and many loving and supportive cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles.
Carolin also leaves behind an amazing extended family, made up of both old and new devoted friends, who were a great source of support and strength to her throughout her long illness.
Carolin was passionate about sports and enthusiastically supported The Philadelphia Phillies and Eagles. Tennis was another of Carolin’s favorite sports. For the last few years, she always looked forward to attending the U. S. Open. She would even get up at 4:00 a.m. to watch the French Open.
As a breast cancer survivor, Carolin became a member of Hope Afloat. Through the sport of dragon boat racing, she inspired other survivors of breast cancer to make positive emotional, spiritual, and physical changes in their lives.
Carolin was involved with the Sisterspace softball team for years serving both as a player and scorekeeper. She was an avid scrabble player and loved the challenge of a good word puzzle. She mastered beautiful and intricate jigsaw puzzles, which were proudly displayed on the walls of her home.
Carolin was an early member of the woman's choral group Anna Crusis Women's Choir and A2 extraordinaire. She was an accomplished musician, most notably known for her playing guitar. She was also a charismatic singer, claiming to know the words to every song ever written.
In 2011, Carolin travelled to South Africa with Sharon Katz and the Peace Train to visit schools, orphanages, and community projects that the Peace Train supports. She took tee shirts donning Nelson Mandela’s portrait (designed by her artist brother-in-law, William Strong) for the children in the school. She was overjoyed to learn that the children wore the shirts on the day of Mandela’s funeral as a tribute to him.
Carolin provided a beacon of hope and light for diversity, humor, friendship and love. She will be missed by many whose lives she touched.
There will be a Celebration of Life for Carolin
Saturday, May 10 / 1:00 pm
@ The Sedgwick Theater, 7137 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19119.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Carolin's name to Keystone House, 8765 Stenton Avenue, Wyndmoor, PA 19039.