April 30, 1998

Womensing To Perform at Middlebury College's Mead Chapel

Womensing, an a capella group of eight women, will perform Saturday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Middlebury College's Mead Chapel on Hepburn Road, off College Street (Route 125). Based in Addison County, Womensing is characterized by a global range of musical selections.

"We sing music of hope," says Womensing member Barbara Boyd, "music that keeps people going in spite of challenges and difficulties." A typical grouping of Womensing's songs begins with a South African freedom chant, moves to a Chinese folk melody, continues with a French Canadian love song and finishes with an Appalachian round or an African-American spiritual. While far reaching in origins, most of the songs in Womensing's repertoire address the universal themes of community, friendship, love, nature and freedom. Unique arrangements featuring solo voices and tight harmonies further complement the material. The group regularly invites the audience to participate in a song.

Womensing evolved out of a larger group by the same name, which met monthly to share music. In 1992, the smaller group began performing in public at fundraisers, coffee houses. Within the last few years, Womensing has broadened its performance schedule, delighting audiences at the Middlebury Festival on the Green, Middlebury College Center for the Arts, and at Burlington's First Night.

The performance is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Anna Sun, Womensing member, at 443-5520.