Auditions for our Michigan Musical

Wanting the Music – Audition Information

Wanting the Music – a Choral Musical of Michigan is a new musical based on the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival, which took place in the woods of Michigan from 1976-2015. In this musical we follow the lives of 2 lesbians who see each other at the festival over the course of the many years. The chorus will sing songs that were sung at Michigan, while the actors will live through some of our Midwest lesbian herstory.

Performances will be Saturday January 28 and Sunday January 29, 2017

Characters and requirements:

Linda, female, must play early 20s – late 50s. 2 solos, 1 duet, mezzo soprano, folk style (possibly can divide to 2 actors, 1 20s-30s, 1 40s-50s)

Sandy, female, must play early 20s – late 50s, butch in appearance. 1 solo, 1 duet, mezzo soprano, folk style (possibly can divide to 2 actors, 1 20s-30s, 1 40s-50s)

Summer, Linda’s daughter, female, must play teen – mid-30s, femme in appearance. 1 duet, musical theater style

Ashley, Summer’s girlfriend, female, 20s – 30s. 1 duet, musical theater style

Jennifer, Sandy’s girlfriend, female, 30s – 50s. Acting only, no song

6 chorus members will also have small speaking roles.

Auditions will begin at 7 pm on Thursday, August 25; send an email to ledwalds@hotmail.com to let us know you plan to attend. Bring a resume of your acting experience. Prepare a 1-2 minute monologue in the voice of a woman in her 20s (let us know if you need a monologue). Also prepare one of the following songs:

  • Cris Williamson’s Song of the Soul
  • Holly Near’s I Am Willing
  • Pat Humphries’ Never Turning Back
  • Russell, Willis & Bray, What About Love (from the musical “The Color Purple”)

Auditions will include reading from the script, which is still in development.

Rehearsals for actors will start in late September, usually on Tuesday nights. More frequent rehearsals will be required in January, and there’s a full week of tech, dress rehearsals and performances January 23-29.

If you’d like to join as a chorus member, we’d love to have you. Find information about joining Artemis Singers here.

Actors will not be paid in money but will be showered with love and respect!

Join us!

The next Artemis Singers new member night is Thursday, September 8th. We will be preparing for our Michfest musical, to be performed January 28 and 29, 2017. We will also be holding auditions for speaking and singing roles this August. More information will be posted here.

If you are a woman, love to sing, have Thursday nights free, and want to be part of a lesbian feminist chorus, 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 rehearsal space, please let us know!

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

2016 Pride Concert and Dance

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Artemis Singers Presents: 2016 Pride Concert and Dance

To purchase tickets, click on one of the links below:

June 11, 2016, at 7:00pm in Lakeview (concert and dance are both wheelchair-accessible).
June 18, 2016, at 7:00pm in Hyde Park (concert and dance are both wheelchair accessible).

The June 18 Concert and Dance is co-hosted by our friends Affinity Community Services. 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.

Tickets for either concert are $15 in advance and $20 suggested donation at the door. $10 for seniors (65+) and children (12 and under). The ticket price includes admission to both the concert and the dance with live DJ. Click the links above to buy tickets in advance.

Join us to share the Pride and celebrate with a community dance!

In this “Voices of Joyful Rebellion” concert, we present songs of rebellion, including “Goddesses’ Rage” by Chicago composer Paula Walowitz, the source of our concert title: “This violation of all that is holy must stop. It’s gone on too long. Voices of joyful rebellion are swelling. The power of life is again growing strong.” Read more, including the press release.

In the proud tradition of Artemis Singers, we will be performing woman-affirming choral music written or arranged by women, providing opportunities for lesbians to be visible, expressing sometimes-radical political perspectives, and being an integral part of the Chicago feminist women’s community.

Saturday, June 11 at Broadway United Methodist at 3338 N. Broadway, Chicago (at Roscoe)
Saturday, June 18 at First Unitarian Church at 5650 S. Woodlawn, Chicago.

Artemis Visioning

We were fortunate this season to establish a relationship with the Arts & Business Council of Chicago (ABC) and to be paired by them with Jeanne C Busch and Robin Schuette, two outstanding members of ABC’s Business Volunteers for the Arts (BVA) program. With their guidance and encouragement, we spent a full day in January focused on our strategic direction. We learned about one another, our collective herstory, and some of our dreams for the future—quite appropriately following our Wildest Dreams concert.

We thank Jeanne, Robin, and the Arts & Business Council of Chicago for the 73 hours of volunteer consulting time, valued at nearly $11,000! We’ll be continuing to explore and grow from the work we started this season.

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The Arts & Business Council’s consulting services, educational workshops, and board training and matching program are designed to help Chicago-area nonprofit arts organizations address managerial and organizational capacity needs. Artemis Singers is a 501(c)3 organization and is therefore eligible for this assistance.

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

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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.