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Members of the Community Women’s Chorus are all smiles as they get ready to perform live.


After conducting practices remotely during the pandemic, the Community Women’s Chorus is set to return to in-person meetings in September. The choir, which includes women of all ages, performs at senior facilities throughout the Bay Area.

Funded by Los Altos Community Foundation since 2019, according to member Carol Solomon, the choir was founded approximately 16 years ago by Karl Schmidt, an instructor in the music department at Foothill College. Once Foothill stopped running it, Schmidt ran it as a private enterprise until he retired in 2019.

The choir holds weekly in-person practices at the Unitarian Church in Palo Alto, Solomon said. Each year is divided into fall, winter and spring sessions, with the year starting in


In the past, the chorus has performed at BridgePoint at Los Altos, The Terraces at Los Altos, Villa Siena and Redwood Villa in Mountain View, Rosener House in Menlo Park, Palo Alto Commons and The Forum in Cupertino.

“My favorite (memory) is a bit we sang at a Memory Care Center in Menlo Park,” Solomon said. “My mother had Alzheimer’s, and when we go to that memory-care center, I can see all these people who remind me of my mom and who don’t have much chance for joy or art in their life, so it really means a lot to me to be in that space.”

When stay-at-home restrictions were in place, the chorus rehearsed via Zoom and was unable to deliver live concerts, Solomon said. The chorus aims to return to in-person practices for the fall session beginning Sept. 13, depending on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and county COVID guidelines.

Chorus and advisory board member Claire Taylor said she joined the choir to continue pursuing her love of singing.

“I remember singing Girl Scout songs way back, and I sang in the choir in college,” she said. “I was very happy to find a community women’s chorus so I could continue (singing).”

Solomon said no audition is required to join the chorus, and women are welcome to join regardless of their vocal experience.

“A lot of people would not join because they would think, ‘My voice isn’t good enough,’ but a choir is about the collective voices of all the singers,” Solomon said. “Even people who are reticent can get great pleasure and find out that they can be part of making beautiful


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