Calliope Womens Chorus

Meet Lumina Women’s Ensemble

Calliope will be joined by singers from Lumina Women's Ensemble at Jeanne D'Arc Auditorium on Nov. 14.

Calliope will be joined by singers from Lumina Women’s Ensemble at Jeanne D’Arc Auditorium on Nov. 14.

Calliope Women’s Chorus will be joined on Nov. 14 by singers of Lumina Women’s Ensemble to present “Under One Sky.” Read on to learn about this exciting vocal group and what they bring to this collaborative performance!

Founder, composer
Lumina may be new, but they have already made an impression on the Twin Cities choral landscape. The group was founded by alto Linda Kachelmeier, a two-time recipient of both the Jerome Composers Commissioning Program for Emerging Composers and the Faith Partners residency through the American Composers Forum. Linda performs around the Twin Cities with groups such as VocalEssence and is director of music at First Presbyterian Church in South St. Paul.

In addition, Linda is currently working on a dynamic new composition for Calliope to perform in spring 2016 to celebrate our 40th anniversary.

Collaborating singers
For the upcoming performance, Linda is joined by fellow Lumina members soprano Kim Sueoka and alto Clara Osowski. Kim, originally from Kaua’i, teaches with Lau Hawaiian Collective, is a staff singer at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, and sings with The Rose Ensemble. Clara is an adjunct professor of voice at the University of Minnesota, Morris and performs across the Midwest. Recently Clara was the only American singer accepted to the Académie Francis Poulenc in Tours, France. You may remember Clara’s name from the program of Calliope’s spring 2015 concert, “Revolutionary Women.”

This talented ensemble dedicates themselves to “the beauty, mystery, and hope inherent in music.”  The Lumina sound draws inspiration from medieval chants, folk song traditions, Renaissance motets, and local composers to bring in audiences.

MPR love
Recently Minnesota Public Radio chose Lumina as a 2015-2016 Class Notes Artists. This honor involves collaborating with Classical MPR to enrich the music curriculum and engage elementary school students in Saint Paul, Fridley, and Brooklyn Park.  The ensemble can also be heard on MPR’s Taste of the Holidays CD Volume VI.

Calliope Women’s Choral is excited and honored to be working with this innovative group for “Under One Sky.” Be sure to check out Lumina’s Facebook page for future concerts and events.

We’ll see you November 14 at St. Catherine University’s Jeanne D’Arc Auditorium!  Online ticket sales are closed for “Under One Sky.” Tickets will be available at the door for purchase. 

Under One Sky Tickets Available Now!

Online ticket sales are closed for “Under One Sky.” Tickets will be available at the door for purchase. 
Under One Sky is Nov. 14 at St. Catherine University

Just Announced: ‘Under One Sky’ —Join us for our 2015 Fall Concert on Nov. 14


“Many notes, many voices, one song.”

~ Composer Joan Szykmo

“Under One Sky,” Calliope’s fall 2015 concert, is a celebration of unity and diversity. In collaboration with Lumina Women’s Ensemble, Calliope presents an evening of music celebrating peace, freedom from oppression, and the hope for unity. Join us at 7 p.m. on Nov. 14 in Jeanne D’Arc Auditorium at St Catherine’s University for this collaborative performance.

Online ticket sales are closed for “Under One Sky.” Tickets will be available at the door for purchase.  General admission, $15; Student and seniors, $10.


Come Out for Sip ‘n’ Sing at Summit Oct. 8—Karaoke, Suds, Snacks, and More

Sip 'n' Sing at Summit  Thursday, Oct. 8 Doors at 6:30 p.m., music 7-9 p.m.  Summit Brewing Company Rathskeller 910 Montreal Circle, St. Paul

Calliope in the News this Summer!

Want to learn more about Calliope? The chorus has been featured recently in Twin Cities publications. Check out Lavender Magazine and Minnesota Women’s Press for updates about Calliope, the Twin Cities GLBTA choral community and more.

Minnesota Women’s Press
Raising voices for change
ActNow: Calliope Women’s Chorus sings for social justice
by Kathy Magnuson

Lavender Magazine
2015 Summer Queer Music Preview
by Shane Lueck

Thanks to these media outlets for their work in the community and for the opportunity to promote the work of Calliope and our QMC partners!


Photos: An Afternoon at Alexis Bailley Winery

Calliope singers recently performed at Alexis Bailley Winery in Hastings. Thanks to the winery for the invitation and the great afternoon of music on their beautiful property.

Here are some fun shots from the performance. Photo credit goes to Ben Somberg.

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Calliope Performs at Harmony in the Park at Minnehaha Falls

Calliope singers will join the Twin Cities Youth Chorale and members of the National Lutheran Choir for Harmony in the Park 2015 at Minnehaha Park on June 4.

Harmony in the Park logo

Bring your picnic blanket and a lawn chair for an evening of choral music that kicks off at 7 p.m.

As the official press release puts it: “These free concerts give Minnesotans and visitors the chance to hear choral music, a treasured part of our state’s culture, in beautiful city-park settings.” Yup. We’re all about that.

Admission is free, and the show goes on rain or shine. The park is a short walk from the 50th Street/Minnehaha Park light rail stop.

Tesfa Wondemagegnehu, manager of Classical MPR’s Choral Works Initiative, will be our talented host for the evening, and we hear he has some fun ideas in store for the audience.

The next Harmony in the Park event is scheduled for June 15 in Duluth’s Leif Erikson Park, and will feature performances by the Twin Ports Choral Project, Lake Superior Youth Chorus, and Echoes of Peace Choir.

A resounding “thank you” goes out to Classical MPR for this exciting invitation to perform.

Harmony in the Park is sponsored by Classical MPR and is made possible in part by the Minnesota Legacy Amendment’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.



MPR will be collecting gently-used musical instruments at both the Minneapolis and Duluth events for Play It Forward, Classical MPR’s used-instrument drive.

You’re Invited: 2015 Spring Fling and Fundraiser on May 17

Buy your tickets online to secure your seat for this fun event! Your generosity will support Calliope’s exciting growth and ongoing commitment to promoting social justice through song. We’ll see you there ;) Spring Fling_Page_1

Announcing: Revolutionary Women—Celebrating the Women Who Change the World

Join us April 18 for a new concert with special guests! We’ll be performing at the beautiful Jeanne D’Arc Auditorium on the St. Catherine University campus. Online ticket sales are now closed for this event. Please purchase your tickets at the door.April 18 Calliope flyer spring 2015 FINAL

Fundraiser: New Century Theatre Productions of ‘Girls Only’ & ‘Happy Days’

Have some fun and help Calliope Women’s Chorus at the same time by attending one of these comedies at the New Century Theatre, 615 Hennepin Avenue, Ste. 145, Minneapolis 612-455-9501.

Go to and click on Events, scroll down to Girls Only or Happy Days and Buy Tickets. Select your date and seats. Type in promotion code: CHORUS. (Very important!) Then choose your ticket delivery system and enter payment information. A portion of each ticket sale using the promotion code will be donated to Calliope. Hope to see you there!


From New Century Theatre:


 Image courtesy of New Century TheatreGirls Only

Runs February 27 through April 19, 2015 - Girls Only is an original comedy that celebrates the honor, truth, humor and silliness of being female. With a two-woman cast and audiences full of raucous, laughing ladies, the show is a unique examination of all things girly. Born out of the earnest and sweetly ridiculous writings the two authors discovered in their girlhood diaries, the Girls Only mix of sketch comedy, improvisation, audience participation, and hilarious songs and videos will remind you that underneath, women all have very funny and very charming feminine similarities. Warning: This show contains feminine subject matter including teenage diaries, breast feeding, tampons, shadow puppets, pantyhose, menstrual cycles, slumber parties, menopause and maxi pads.


 Image courtesy of New Century TheatreHappy Days

Runs April 24 through May 17, 2015 - The New York Daily News wrote “If you like Grease you will love Happy Days. A power house, rock and roll trip down memory lane, Happy Days is not to be missed!” Take a trip back to the 1950s with the Cunninghams and their friends. Happy Days – A New Musical brings one of television’s best loved families to a new generation. When Arnold’s, the town’s number one hangout and malt shop, is in danger of being torn down, Richie, Potsie, Arthur “The Fonz” Fonzarelli and the rest of the gang team up to save it with a dance contest and a TV-worthy wrestling match. In a race against time, can The Fonz save the day? The television series’ original creator Garry Marshall wrote the book and the original Fonzie, Henry Winkler, served as the musical’s creative consultant. Happy Days features 21 songs by Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe award-winning songwriter Paul Williams, including the series’ iconic theme song.