Opportunity: Write a song for Artemis Singers!

Artemis is seeking to commission an original song – specifically, a feminist political song, related to or about lesbians. Artemis Singers will perform this song  during our 2017-18 season, as well as at the Sister Singers Network Festival.

This is a wonderful opportunity for a lesbian feminist woman composer with previous choral composition experience to get additional exposure for her talents, share an important message – and to receive payment for her work. We are looking outside the chorus for this work.

See more details here. Proposals are due September 1, 2016.

Bring us all of your Dreams

A little over two months away is our next winter concert, Wildest Dreams. As we reflect on our 35 year herstory, we are proud of what Artemis Singers has accomplished and how many lives we have touched. In this next concert we’ll envision where we want to go next — as individuals, as a chorus, and as global citizens.

We’ll perform on Saturday and Sunday, January 23 and 24 at the Ethical Humanist Society in Skokie. Follow this link for more details.

You will be treated to wonderful melodies by Kristina Boerger, Andrea Ramsey, Holly Near, Kay Gardner, Joan Szymko, and more, coupled with inspiring texts from visionaries like Audre Lorde, Emily Dickinson, Ella Baker, Langston Hughes, and Jane Addams.

If you would like to honor a person or organization that inspires you, consider placing an ad in our concert program book. Learn more or reserve your ad here.

A dream shared is a dream strengthened. Join us!

We’ve started working on our Winter Concert

More details will be shared here and on Facebook as they develop, but we are already deep into rehearsals for our January 2016 concert, Wildest Dreams.

We are exploring our wildest dreams about the environment, social justice, feminism, empowerment, love and passion, and our own personal dreams.

December 2015 marks 35 years since Artemis Singers’ first concert appearance, so we’re also pretty psyched to be celebrating that as well. Did our founding mothers in 1980 dream that their choral lovechild would last this long? We’re still going strong and still committed to singing music written or arranged by women.

In memory of Joel Carothers

We are sad to learn of the passing this month of Joel Carothers, resident of New Mexico and formerly a Chicagoan. Our received knowledge is that Joel was one of the founding mothers of Artemis Singers back in 1980. If anyone knows more about Joel’s history with Artemis, we would welcome the information.*

Windy City Times has published a lovely remembrance of this lively and creative woman: http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/PASSAGES-Joel-B-Carothers-dies/52485.html.

Our hearts go out to her partner Kate Winner and all of Joel’s family and friends.

*Update: we have gotten confirmation from one of our community Elders that indeed Joel was a founder of Artemis.

Practice singing over the summer then join us in August


Sue introduces our second performance of Proud to be Me. At Beverly Unitarian Church

Our next new member night is Thursday, August 27. As member Allison reminded us, this date rhymes with “plenty of heaven.”

If you are a woman with Thursday nights free and you love to sing, consider joining us!

We currently rehearse on the northwest side of Chicago but are looking for possible other venues that are more accessible by CTA train lines (we are currently accessible by CTA bus and Metra). If you have a lead on a place, please let us know!

Please get in touch by using the Contact Us form and we will get back to you with more details.

A reason to celebrate!


Same-Sex Marriage in 50 States

On this historic day of #SCOTUSMarriage and #LoveIsLove, here are some wonderful lyrics from “Something Inside So Strong” by Labi Siffre:

The higher you build your barriers
The taller I become
The farther you take my rights away
The faster I will run
You can deny me
You can decide to turn your face away
No matter, cos there’s

Something inside so strong
I know that I can make it
Though you’re doing me wrong, so wrong
You thought that my pride was gone
Oh no, there’s something inside so strong
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
Something inside so strong

Happy Pride!

Artemis ProudWe just closed our 2014-2015 Season with a big dose of Pride. We performed “Proud to Be…Me!” on June 6 on the North side at Broadway United Methodist and June 13 on the South side at Beverly Unitarian. We are donating a portion of the proceeds of the June 13 concert to Affinity, whose mission statement is:

Affinity Community Services is a social justice organization that works with and on behalf of Black LGBTQ communities, queer youth, and allies to identify emergent needs, create safe spaces, develop leaders, and bridge communities through collective analysis and action for social justice, freedom, and human rights.

Happy Pride Month to all, and enjoy Chicago’s Pride March on Sunday, June 28.

Next up, a well-deserved summer break, followed by New Member night on August 27.  Contact us here or phone 773-764-4465 to let us know if you are interesting in joining the chorus. We’re open to women singers with a lesbian feminist inclination who are free to rehearse on Thursday nights. There’s no audition, but it would be great if you can match pitch and have some sense of rhythm. No need to be able to sight-read music. We are also always looking for people to volunteer with us behind the scenes.

Here’s how we showed our true colors at Broadway UMC:

Proud Colors1 Proud Colors2

Proud to Be . . . Performing Our Pride Concert & Dance TWICE!

We’re dancing our feet off this season, between social activities at the International Women’s Day Dance, the DOWS Dance, and so many of our friends mysteriously all getting married the same year . . . so we’ll be all warmed up for the Artemis Singers PROUD TO BE . . . ME! Concert & Dance, to celebrate Chicago Pride in June.

We’re going to put on PROUD TO BE . . . ME! twice!! On Saturday, June 6, we’ll be celebrating at Broadway United Methodist in Lakeview, and the following Saturday, June 13, we’ll head south to Beverly Unitarian Church. Come join us in one of our familiar venues–or venture with us to a new and lovely spot–or both!

Check our Events page for more details.

Or go ahead and buy your tickets now for Lakeview or for Beverly.

Thinking of joining Artemis?

861222_10152329976138761_1711690314_oArtemis weekly rehearsals are filled with song (obviously) and fun. Our songs are directed by chorus members, so each rehearsal is different.

Many members take active volunteer roles, serving as artistic directors, production managers, board members, and more.

We bond, often forming friendships that go beyond the chorus.

New member night for our spring 2015 season is this week–Thursday, February 19. Now’s the time to join, if you want to sing with us at our June 6 concert and dance!

If you’re interested, learn more.