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Changing Hearts and Minds Through Harmony


SWC Concert & sing-along

Start your holiday celebration with an evening of cheerful music, home-made cookies and a generous donation to the the St. Mark's United Methodist Church's  Homeless Ministries.  


Dec. 9, 2019 ~ 7 pm.  


$5 at the door and where possible, a donation of canned goods.


St. Mark’s UMC,

2391 St. Marks Way, Sacramento 

(Near Watt and El Camino)

GALA, 2020

Minneapolis, mn

In 2020, the Sacramento Women's Chorus will, once again, join the GALA festival. GALA Choruses leads the North American LGBTQ+ choral movement, cultivating the artistic development of 10,000 singers from more than 190 choruses in the United States, Mexico, and Canada. GALA Festival is the quadrennial international celebration of the LGBTQ+ choral movement. At Festival 2020, more than 6000 diverse singers representing over 100 choruses and ensembles will take over downtown Minneapolis for 5 powerful days of concerts, festivities, and community-building.

The Sacramento Women's Chorus created a positive and commanding presence on an international scale with our attendance at the GALA  in Denver, CO., July 2016.  We are already preparing for our participation in the 2020 GALA Festival. We made a fantastic impression on all of the participating choruses in Denver and were one of three, out of approximately 200 choruses in the festival, asked to sing in the Show Stopper Finale Concert during the closing ceremony for the festival.


Mission Statement

Sacramento Women’s Chorus builds community through song.

We sing to honor peace, justice and social equality, and to celebrate the lives of all women.


We strive for musical excellence as we give voice to women’s hopes and dreams,  

opening hearts and minds through harmony.


We Love to Sing!


With a humble beginning of less than a dozen singers, the SWC has grown to over 75-voice, all inclusive, 501c3 nonprofit organization.  It strives for musical excellence while giving voice to women’s hopes and dreams as it opens hearts and minds through harmony.


Since its first performance in 1987 at a fund-raiser for a women’s wheelchair basketball team, SWC has become recognized as an important part of the Sacramento art and activist community. SWC can be counted on to sing at events that focus on equality, peace and justice, women’s issues, and LGBTQ pride. Most recently SWC had the distinction of singing from the steps of the Capitol during Sacramento’s “Women’s March on Washington” of January of 2017.

Women searching for a musical home join SWC to sing music selections that blend meaningful messages with fun only to find that they have become part of a remarkable, welcoming community.  SWC reaches a broad and diverse community by addressing contemporary issues while providing entertainment.


Robin Richie

Artistic Director, Robin Richie, brings a lifetime of musical experience to the Sacramento Women’s Chorus.  She is known as a performer, educator, vocal coach and creative leader whose imagination has lifted the profile and expertise of SWC.  She challenges each singer in the chorus to expect the best from themselves and to continually grow in technical ability and performance skills.


With a B.A. in Music Education from Mt. St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, OH, and a Master of Music in Music Education from University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, Robin actively contributes to the Sacramento region’s musical future as an elementary school music teacher for band and orchestra in Rocklin.

Jane Stave-Viemeister

Pianist Jane Stave-Viemeister rejoined the Sacramento Women’s Chorus, after a time away, in 2017. The timing  of her return was perfect. Having been a member and SWC accompanist for six years, it was fitting that she was able to join in celebrating 30 years of song.  

When not working with the chorus, Jane is chair of the Music Department at Sierra College, a composer and poet. She has performed in the Midwest, Southwest and in the New England area as a soloist and chamber music artist. Jane has her DMA from the University of Iowa. She is happy in her position as accompanist and supports this happy, vibrant, fun chorus both musically and in any way she can!


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PO Box 661705

Sacramento, CA 95866

We hold closed rehearsals every

Monday: 7pm - 9pm

Open Guest Nights (3 times a year)


St. Mark's United Methodist Church

​  2391 St Marks Way 

  Sacramento 95864

  (Near Watt and El Camino Aves.)

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