SSN Festival

Sister Singer Network Festival
More Than Music Here

June 27 – July 1, 2018 at the Amway Grand Plaza

It is an exciting year for GRWC. We are hosting the Sister Singer Network Festival with approximately 650 singers from 21 different choruses from around the country attending.

Six concert blocks will be open for the public. Check back for concert times and ticket information.

Participating Choruses:

Artemis (IL), Bread & Roses, Indianapolis Women’s Chorus (IN), Charlottesville Women’s Chorus (VA), Brattleboro Women’s Chorus (VT), Sistrum – Lansing Women’s Chorus (MI), MUSE – Cincinnati’s Women’s Chorus OH), Womansong, Voices Rising, Women in Harmony, Windsong – Cleveland’s Feminist Chorus (OH), Common Woman Chorus, Rochester Women’s Community Chorus (NY), Amasong, San Diego Women’s Chorus (CA), Columbus Women’s Chorus, Singing in Sacred Circles Sisters, ANNA Crusis Women’s Chorus (MN), Calliope Women’s Chorus and Rainbow Women’s Chorus (CA).

SSN 2018 Festival Name: MORE THAN MUSIC HERE

When the Grand Rapids Women’s Chorus began to try to determine a theme/name for the SSN 2018 Festival, lots of ideas came to mind. The current political climate and the distress felt by many of our members brought our focus to the lyrics of a song that our chorus sang in our 2017 spring concert that has fast become a favorite piece of ours. The Women’s Concert Chorale of the University of Wisconsin commissioned “Always Keep This Close” asking composer Zachary J. Moore and poet Colleen Carhuff (a WOCO singer) to endeavor to capture the warmth, togetherness and love that is felt within a choir.

Feeling the love in this piece and particularly the “You make more than music here” moment/lyric, the GRWC chose “MORE THAN MUSIC HERE” as the name for the SSN 2018 Festival. We feel strongly of the importance of uniting as a group of women with common interests to change the world with more than just music. Many of us marched or watched with admiration as hundreds of thousands of people participated in the Women’s March in January 2017, creating a national movement to unify and empower everyone who stands for women’s rights, human rights, civil liberties, and social justice for all. We will lift our voices in song to celebrate this unity, but we also have the opportunity to come together and work to make great change in our world.