CWC Announces Guest Director Rob Blaney

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The California Women’s Chorus, Inc. (CWC), a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging choral singing among women, will hold its 46th annual public scholarship concert on April 26 at 2 p.m. at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in Orange. Member choruses throughout California numbering over 300 women belong to the CWC. The Verdugo Hills Women’s Chorus (VHWC) is a member of CWC and many of its members will sing in the combined chorus concert in April.

VHWC has 35 members who rehearse and perform for the love of music and to bring joy to their audiences. The purpose of CWC and its member choruses is to promote choral singing among women and to raise funds for music awards for vocal students which are presented at the annual concert.

This year, Rob Blaney will be the guest director for the CWC concert, “Sounds of the Seasons.” Blaney, an accomplished arranger and composer, is currently the director of vocal music at Woodbridge High School in Irvine, where he directs four choirs and teaches classes in musical theatre and vocal production. He is an energetic and multi-talented arranger, composer and freelance musician. He received a Kennedy Center award for his original soundtrack for the play, “The Woman In Black” at Concordia University where he received a B.A. degree and a masters in education.

Accompanying the CWC chorus will be Christine Lecce, who received her Bachelor of Music education with an emphasis in piano performance from Youngstown State University in Ohio. She currently is the accompanist for Woodbridge High School, Irvine.

Mistress of ceremonies for the Sunday afternoon concert will be Shirley Stewart, keeper of the seal for CWC since 1979. Since joining CWC in 1971, she was choreographer for the Whittier Women’s chorus for 20 years.

Concert tickets are available at the theatre box office. Suggested donation is $18.

Additional information is available at

To donate to the scholarship fund, contact Ann Berneau at (818) 882-2868 or email

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