We are delighted to resume in-person rehearsals and performances during Season 27!
Please Note:
All singers must be fully vaccinated in order to sing with us.
Auditions have ended for the first concert of the season. Please email the
Artistic Director, Leanne Latuda, if you are interested in auditioning for future concerts:
Here’s a bit about us:

The Women’s Hope Chorale is an auditioned, 50-voice, community chorus that enjoys a 26-year tradition of musical excellence.  Singers of diverse backgrounds and skill levels come together in community to share their love of singing and the restorative power of music. With a commitment to innovation and creativity, the Women’s Hope Chorale commissions unique arrangements and works which often feature women composers and poets. While keeping classical music at its core, the Chorale performs many other types of music—jazz, folk, country, blues, gospel, rap, Latin—to bring unique experiences to audience members.


Known for its inclusion of many art forms, the Women’s Hope Chorale gives performances that provide an experience for the senses. The Chorale collaborates with professional dancers, painters, poets and instrumentalists to create fresh, exciting performances: where innovation joins tradition. As the Ensemble-in-Residence at Maryville University, the Chorale introduces younger women to mentoring, leadership and performing opportunities.  And with a commitment to diversity and inclusion, the Women’s Hope Chorale affirms the worth and dignity of all people and strives to harness the power of music and exceptional performances to enrich and transform lives.


We rehearse on Sunday evenings, 6-8:30 pm, at First Presbyterian Church of Kirkwood.


Membership in the Women’s HOPE Chorale is FREE and there is NO requirement that you read music! We are looking for women who love to sing and love lifting their voices in community.

About the auditions:.

For volunteer (unpaid) membership in the Chorale, new singers will be asked to:

  • Sing one a cappella solo (a hymn, art song, folk song, or aria); the solo does not need to be memorized

  • Sing scales to determine range

  • Repeat simple melodic patterns to determine tonal memory skills

  • Sight-read to determine music reading skills (but remember, absolutely no experience reading music is required!)

For a paid, Principal Artist position in the Chorale, applicants will be asked to:

  • Sing two songs from memory in contrasting styles. One song must be in a foreign language. The other song must be in English. Audition songs must be arias, art songs, folk songs, hymn arrangements or spirituals – no “pop” songs. An accompanist will be provided for the audition.

  • Sight-read

  • Sing tonal memory exercises 

  • Sing scales (to demonstrate range)


Please note:

  • Principal Artists are auditioned, paid positions awarded to women who have a degree in music and are pursuing a career in music.

  • Principal Artists act as Section Leaders for the Chorale and have the opportunity to sing solos at concerts and events.

Frequently asked questions:
  • When and where are rehearsals? 

Rehearsals are every Sunday, 6-8:30 pm, at First Presbyterian Church of Kirkwood

- Our first rehearsal will be Sunday, August 29, 2021, 6-8:30 pm

- Our Season Opening Party will be Friday, August 27, 2021, 6-8:30 pm

- Our last concert will be Sunday, April 24, 2022 @ 3 pm

  • When and where are performances?

Season 27 "The Dream Keepers"

  • "The Dream Keepers: A Child"

    • Dress Rehearsal: Friday, November 12, 6:30-9 pm

    • Concert: Sunday, November 14, 3 pm (1:30 pm Call)

  • "The Dream Keepers: A Couple"

    • Dress Rehearsal: Friday, April 22, 6:30-9 pm

    • Concert: Sunday, April 24, 3 pm (1:30 pm Call)


  • What would be my financial obligations?

We do not charge dues to sing in the Chorale. Consequently, every member is asked to promote our concerts and sell tickets to our events. Singers may also be asked to volunteer their talents, skills, and resources to support the Chorale. Participation in this manner is voluntary but always appreciated! We use black folders during performances which singers have to supply or purchase themselves. Our concert attire is usually all black; we do not require singers to purchase a specific dress or outfit. ​

To inquire about paid positions or to schedule an audition, please contact the

Artistic Director, Leanne Latuda,

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Over 80% of our budget comes from donors just like you! Your gift directly supports our world-class singers and artistic staff, as well as the organization’s overall growth and success. Each and every contribution makes a difference and helps make our community a more beautiful place.

"The Dream Keepers: A Couple"
A Love Story told through Jazz

But not just any love story….the true love story of two of our founders. We performed the world premiere of a piece we commissioned by composer and performer, Adam Maness, for women’s chorus and jazz trio to celebrate our dream keepers: Richard and Mary Ann Shaw.