Denver Women’s Chorus

Our Herstory

The Denver Women’s Chorus (DWC) is a multigenerational treble chorus dedicated to musical excellence, building community, and advocating for social justice. DWC owes its existence to a group of brave lesbian singers who risked their livelihoods in 1984 to form a chorus that became both a safe place for its members and an outlet for musical expression. In the beginning, many singers did not allow their names to be printed in programs due to concerns they would face discrimination. Many feared for their jobs. Despite the obstacles they faced, they traveled to perform in New York and Washington D.C., joined in actions for social justice, and became the first treble chorus to perform at a GALA Choruses festival.

Today, the Denver Women’s Chorus is proud to be a trans- and nonbinary-inclusive chorus and is comprised of LGBTQ+ singers and many dedicated allies. DWC embraces diversity, equity, and intersectional feminism. With 130 united voices, DWC strives to promote social change through the music they create for each other and for their audiences throughout the greater Denver area. They have shared songs at marches, churches, libraries, and museums as well as Red Rocks Amphitheatre and the Colorado State Capitol. They have collaborated with local nonprofit organizations, including the League of Women Voters, Safehouse Denver, and Mile High Freedom Band, and have performed alongside Emma’s Revolution, Suzanne Westenhoefer, and Cris Williamson. In January 2020, the chorus presented the Colorado premiere of Lifting As We Climb, a commissioned work by renowned composer Joan Szymko in honor of the 100th anniversary of the19th amendment.

Take Note! is the select auditioned ensemble of the Denver Women’s Chorus. Take Note! specializes in a cappella music and is comprised of 12-15 treble voices. Their repertoire includes pop and choral works and original a cappella arrangements. The ensemble provides vital outreach and community collaborations through their numerous performances per concert season. These talented singers lend their voices to partner with other nonprofit organizations and causes, build community relationships and promote DWC performances. They can also be booked for private events. Formed in 1985, Take Note! has been performing for concert and community audiences for more than 30 years.

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The DWC Artistic Staff

Dr. Clelyn Chapin

Artistic Director

Dr. Clelyn Chapin, appointed Artistic Director of the Denver Women’s Chorus in July 2021, serves as the Director of Choral Activities at Regis University. She received a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from Michigan State University following her Masters in Music Education At University of Northern Colorado. While at MSU, she received multiple scholarships, and was selected for the Fellowship for Undergraduate Teaching and Learning due to her research and practice of singer-centered pedagogy.

Before becoming the Director of Choral Activities at Regis University, Dr. Chapin spent 12 years teaching and conducting at the secondary and collegiate levels. Her choirs have been recognized in contests and festivals throughout the country and have been invited to perform at the Colorado Music Educators Association conference. She maintains strong connections within the field of music education through presentations and clinics across the United States.

Alison Dozier

Assistant Artistic DirectorDirector of Take Note!

Alison Dozier is the Assistant Artistic Director of the Denver Women’s Chorus and the Director of Take Note! the small ensemble of the Denver Women’s Chorus. Alison is celebrating her 10th year with DWC. Alison has loved to sing since childhood and comes from a musical family. Alison is a licensed professional counselor in Denver working with children and families.

Beth De Boer

Principal Accompanist

Beth De Boer is proud to accompany the Denver Women’s Chorus. She has accompanied several ensembles in the Denver area, including the Cherry Creek Chorale and several adult and youth theatre productions. Beth is the star accompanist at Castle View High School, where the choral program includes six choirs, and is the organist for a local church. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, hiking, motorcycling, and making music!

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Red Rocks 32

35 Years

Denver Women’s Chorus

We celebrated our 35th year with Nevertheless, We Persist. This was a powerful and meaningful concert for our singers. Our audiences exceeded all our expectations in attendance and enthusiasm. Sharing that concert with you made it absolutely unforgettable. Thank you for persisting with us!