Individual Donations

The Orange County Women’s Chorus welcomes donations of any amount. No amount is too small, and every donation makes a difference!  Ticket sales provide only about 25% of our annual income. Our individual donors provide more than half of our annual income and make it possible for us to bring our music to the community.

We are deeply grateful to those of you who donate annually to ensure our success. Please review the list of donor levels below and choose the one that works best for you.  We greatly appreciate your support and generosity!


 

 

Giving Level

Name

What Your Gift Provides

Benefits to You

$2,500 and up

Dame Ethel Smyth’s Suffragist Army

  • Underwrite a recording session and CD pressing
  • Support the Artistic Director
  • Commission a new work
  • Underwrite guest artists for a performance
  • Rent a performance venue
  • Your name listed in the concert programs for the season
  • Invitation to a rehearsal for a “behind-the-scenes” experience
  • Selected benefits for donors at this level

$1,500 to $2,499

Clara Schumann’s Musical Family

  • Provide a stipend for our conducting intern
  • Provide a stipend for a marketing intern
  • Rent a performance venue
  • Sponsor continuing education for the Artistic Director
  • Your name listed in the concert programs for the season
  • Invitation to a rehearsal for a “behind the-scenes” experience
  • Selected benefits for donors at this level

$500 to $1,499

Hildegard von Bingen’s Community of Vision

  • Sponsor an event
  • Rent a performance venue
  • Hire one or more instrumentalists or guest vocalists
  • Your name listed in the concert programs for the season
  • Invitation to a rehearsal for a “behind-the-scenes” experience
  • Selected benefits for donors at this level

$150 to $499

Fanny Mendelssohn’s Musical Salon

  • Sponsor a singer’s member contributions for a year
  • Sponsor a visiting choral clinician
  • Your name listed in the concert programs for the season
  • Selected benefits for donors at this level

Up to $149

Chiara Margarita Cozzolani’s Chorus

  • Sponsor a singer’s member contributions for one or more months ($25 per month)
  • Tune a piano
  • Your name listed in the concert programs for the season

Dame Ethel Smyth's Suffragist Army
Dame Ethel Smyth ("March of the Women") loved music so much that in her early years, she went on a hunger strike to persuade her father to allow her to study composition in Leipzig.  There, she met Clara Schumann, Brahms and Tchaikovsky, and began her career as a composer of operas and choral works.  In 1903, her opera Der Wald became the first opera by a woman to be performed at the Met.  A leader of women, Dame Ethel was a fierce advocate for women's role in public life who also possessed a solid sense of humor, conducting suffragist hymns in prison with her toothbrush.

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Clara Schumann's Musical Family
Recognized as a highly talented pianist from her early youth, Clara Schumann was also a noted composer, performer, and advocate for the piano works of her husband, Robert Schumann.  Clara Schumann raised 7 children, and was her family's breadwinner, supporting her family as a concert artist and managing the family's finances.  A multi-talented musician and a devoted wife and mother, Clara Schumann was a sustainer of artistic excellence with a strong practical sense.

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Hildegard von Bingen's Community of Vision
Hildegard von Bingen was a theologian and a gifted choral composer who realized her mystical vocation early in life.  After gaining deeper understanding of scriptural teaching in a moment of profound mystical insight, she was elected to head the community of women where she was trained.  A visionary, Hildegard saw music as a way to recapture the original joy and beauty of paradise.

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Fanny Mendelssohn's Musical Salon
Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel was a brilliant young woman from a prominent Jewish family who was educated in music alongside her brother, Felix.  A highly talented composer for voice and piano, Fanny was discouraged by her family from pursuing her own career in music, and many of her early songs were published under her brother's name. Still, as a young woman from a leading family, domestic concerts remained within her purview, and she soon became recognized as one of the leading cultural lights in Berlin for her musical salon, held in the Mendelssohn family home.

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Chiara Margarita Cozzolani's Chorus
Chiara Margarita Cozzolani, the Abbess of the Santa Radegonda nunnery in Milan, led a group of nuns widely acknowledged to be the best singers in Italy.  An accomplished composer and conductor, she defended women's music-making before her superiors within the Church, and was a powerful and effective advocate for women's music and women musicians.

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