HOPE Chorale

Singing to Inspire

Celebrating our 23rd Season


Who we are

The Women's Hope Chorale of St. Louis (WHCSL) is an auditioned, multifaceted chorus that is committed to creative, quality vocal programming that highlights issues faced by women around the globe. We are the Ensemble in Residence at Maryville University. This provides us with access to fantastic educational resources and allows us to introduce younger women to mentoring from experienced chorale members who demonstrate a commitment to music and community. 

what we do

WHCSL’s mission is to give the community excellent music and join with organizations that share our values of hope and optimism for women. At the heart of the Chorale is a commitment to excellence and innovation in programming and performance. We collaborate with artists, composers, and other musical organizations to commission new pieces, feature women composers, and use music as a starting point for community conversations. We often perform gratis at events designed to raise funds for women’s issues and use our university connection to provide educational opportunities for emerging musician leaders.

For over 20 years, the Women’s Hope Chorale of St. Louis has empowered women to discover the impact of their voices. Over the past several years, the Chorale has leveraged its commitment to excellence in performance and passion for women’s issues to create positive change in the community through partnerships with nonprofit organizations. While our world-class ensemble has been honored to perform on stages from London to New York, we see our most important role as bringing excellent choral music to St. Louis and inspiring hope and optimism in others.

Upcoming events

Whisper to a Roar
Dynamic Voices


We are happy to announce the recipients of our Young Artist Awards for the 2017-18 Season.

These talented young women will serve as the Section Leaders within the Chorale: Sopranos - Christy Schmalfeld & Jessica Tobin; Altos - Amy Joy Camp, Lori Hoffman & Benedetta Orsi

Highlights of Season 22

Season 22 was a resounding success, marked by artistry and innovation! We performed the United States premiere of "Requiem" and flew the Japanese composer, Ms. Masa Matsuura, to St. Louis for our performance. The Chorale also commissioned ten new arrangements of songs this past season by composers Elizabeth Alexander, Adam De Sorgo, Adam Maness, and Paul Reuter. Three of the commissioned arrangements were powerful anthems of hope by survivors of sexual violence. We also held our first ever "Community Conversation" and are working to make our next one even better!


Women’s Hope Chorale of St. Louis relies on generous sponsors to support their work and help them create harmony within the community. From an individual gift to sponsorship of one of our inspiring performances, your donation supports musical excellence and sheds light on issues facing women and girls. Your tax deductible gift will be acknowledged in our program and on our website or you may remain anonymous if you choose.

Please contact Dr. Richard Shaw at boardpresident@womenshopechorale.org to discuss customized giving options and the unique benefits associated with being a sponsor of WHCSL.