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A Choral Musical of the Michigan Festival

You can probably imagine the flurry of activities we are engaged in this week as we enter the final stretch for preparing for our production: Wanting the Music: A Choral Musical of the Michigan Festival.

We’ve got singers, actors, musicians, choral directors, composers, arrangers, writers, production staff, tech crew, lighting and sound designers, artists, a makeup designer, carpenters, media team members, house staff, and even a tumbler! A world made by women.

According to predictions, it looks like the weather will cooperate and be a fairly mild wintry weekend on January 28 and 29 in Chicago. Hope so!

At last count, we’re expecting audience members from 12 states and we can’t wait to see them all. Buy your tickets online today or at the door.

See you in January


We see the January in you

MichFest Musical Flyer

Join us this winter for a musical memory of Michigan!

Combining original songs and book with choral versions of songs from beloved Michigan artists, Wanting the Music will transport you back to the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and 2000’s. Performing two days on January 28 and 29, 2017, this theatrical experience will include a craftswomen area and audience participation.

We’ve already sold tickets to people across the Midwest. Get your tickets today for this unique performance:

Artemis Singers is Chicago’s Lesbian Feminist Chorus. Performing only music written or arranged by women since our founding in 1980.

For complete details on the show, click here.

Casting for our Michigan Musical

Along the path

Wanting the Music – Audition Information

Wanting the Music – a Choral Musical of the Michigan Festival 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.

Kali, Summer and Ashley’s daughter, 9 yrs old. 1 solo.

Jennifer, Sandy’s girlfriend, female, 30s – 50s.

6 chorus members will also have small speaking roles.

Send an email to to let us know you if you wish to audition. You’ll be asked to 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.

Rehearsals for actors will start in October. 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!

Stay up to date on the Musical! Join our mailing list specifically for information on the musical by clicking here. 

View the main page about the musical. 

2016 Pride Concert and Dance

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.