C21 Women's Ensemble is an auditioned choral project dedicated to the performance of the best of choral music, from medieval to contemporary. With only six rehearsals per program and two programs per season, our mission is to provide an intensive, high quality choral experience with a focus on music by contemporary composers.

In 2014, we first started as a mixed chorus dedicated to performing the best of choral music. As the years have gone by, our ensemble has grown and changed in many ways. We are now a small ensemble of women, with a mission of women’s empowerment. When crafting our programs, we strive to reflect the work and influence of women, whether performing contemporary compositions or carrying forward music from centuries past. As women, we are informed by the past. We gain strength from the inspiration in the compositions we sing and we bring that strength into the roles we navigate daily—as professionals, daughters, mothers, partners and teachers.
 

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We started out as the 21st Century Chorale, with the goal of highlighting contemporary compositions while celebrating the classic choral tradition. While we love that name, it no longer serves as an accurate reflection of our group or our mission. We’re no longer a chorale, but an ensemble that defines our musical expression with each concert.

It is with great excitement that we reintroduce ourselves as C21 Women’s Ensemble. This new name reflects our ongoing dedication to women’s empowerment as well as our contemporary focus. We hope you love it as much as we do!

MARTHA SWISHER
Conductor, singer, voice teacher, and innovator, Founder and Artistic Director Martha Swisher completed her undergraduate work at Indiana University and her graduate musical training at Northwestern University. She has served on the faculty of several Chicago-area educational institutions and as musical and artistic director for numerous musical theater productions, and counts more than 10 years of service as Music Director of Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Oak Park. A self-described artistic instigator, Marty Swisher believes "music is a near miracle of communication between performers and audience, and there is nothing quite so magical as the collective voice of a dedicated, unified chorus." 
OUR SINGERS
Our singers come from various backgrounds and walks of life. They share a love for music and a dedicated interest in singing. We believe that our ensemble is richer for the variety of voices, ages, neighborhoods, and personalities represented!  
We would love to consider adding your voice to our chorus. Please click here for more information about singing with us!
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MYRON SILBERSTEIN
Myron Silberstein's career as an accompanist and vocal coach spans nearly thirty years. He has been a staff accompanist and vocal coach at North Park University, Resident Music Director of Chicago Opera Vanguard, and Artistic Associate of Storycatchers Theatre. He is a staff accompanist for CS Music's annual Vocal Competition. 
You can learn more about Myron at https://myronsilberstein.com and through his web series www.pianounlocked.com 
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Executive Director & President   Theresa M. Schultz
Accounting/Treasurer & Legal Compliance   Joan Pederson
External Relations/Secretary   Muriel Reymond
Concert Relations   Gloria Elam Norris
Revenue Development   Barbara DeBellis Benezra
ADVISORY COUNCIL
Business Management/Development   Karen Barbee-Dixon
Artistic Brand Development   Keanon Kyles
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STAFF
Website & Social Media Manager   Carolyn Ten Eyck
Audio/Video Recording and Editing   Jim Parks
Costume & Set Design   Kate Burch
Ex-Officio   Ed McDevitt