Arts & Culture

UK Women's Choir to Showcase Work of Women Artists With 'Words That Heal'

photo of poster for UK Women's Choir's Words That Heal concert
UK Women's Choir will present "Words That Heal" 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, at Singletary Center for the Arts.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 28, 2019) The University of Kentucky Women’s Choir will present a concert titled “Words That Heal” 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, at the Singletary Center for the Arts. This program will showcase music and texts by women composers and poets.

Among the featured work are two pieces by composer Elaine Hagenberg. The university was fortunate to host Hagenberg on campus Oct. 24-25, as she served as a guest lecturer for music education students and worked as a clinician for Women’s Choir, Choristers and Chorale ensemble rehearsals. Her piece, “As the Rain Hides the Stars,” is one of the “fan favorites” in Women’s Choir this semester.

The concert will feature the UK Women’s Choir as well as a cappella group Paws and Listen. The Women's Choir is a select ensemble composed of nearly 100 of the school’s most talented female voices conducted by Lori Hetzel, associate director of choral ensembles at UK. These singers, ranging from freshmen to graduate students, represent a variety of musical backgrounds and academic disciplines.

UK Women's Choir performs a challenging and diverse repertoire that includes literature spanning from Gregorian chant to eight-part music of the 21st century. With an emphasis on music by female composers, the ensemble performs works of many different languages and compositional forms. Growing in size over the past 25 years, the group has performed both nationally and abroad. Most recently, the ensemble went on an international tour in 2018 to Budapest, Vienna and Prague.

Paws and Listen is a premiere a cappella ensemble auditioned from the nationally renowned UK Women's Choir. This highly esteemed group performs pop and contemporary music while serving as ambassadors on behalf of the University of Kentucky choral program at numerous prestigious events throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The ensemble is coached by undergraduate music education majors and advised by Beth Wilson and Hetzel.

Tickets for the UK Women's Choir concert are $12 for the general audience and $5 for students plus processing fees and sales tax. Tickets can be purchased from the Singletary Center ticket office by phone at 859-257-4929, online at, and in person at the venue. Free advance tickets for UK students with a valid ID are available at the Singletary Center ticket office up to the day before the concert during operating hours.

UK Women's Choir and Paws and Listen are part of the School of Music at the UK College of Fine Arts. The school has garnered a national reputation for high-caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as music education, music therapy, composition, and theory and music history.

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