Action CircleThe Rainbow Women's Chorus is managed by the Action Circle which includes:
Artistic StaffRuth Huber, Co-Artistic Director, Composer-in-Residence
Ruth Huber was instrumental in founding both RWC and Tapestry Singers (the Austin Women’s Chorus). She holds three music degrees, including a Master of Music in Composition from the San Francisco Conservatory, and has studied conducting at San Jose State University. Her compositions and songs have won awards from the American Choral Directors Association, the San Francisco ArtSong Competition, and the Austin Music Umbrella Songwriters Competition, and she receives commissions from choral groups around the country. A certified member of Music Teachers National Association, she teaches piano, serves as Music Director for Campbell United Congregational Church and resides in San Jose with her wife, Brenda Meng, and an assortment of adorable cats.
Betsy Wagner, Co-Artistic Director, Choralographer
Betsy Wagner has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education with a dual major in voice and piano from Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, LA. She has been teaching music to students in grades K-12 since 1978. Since coming to the Bay Area in 1990, she has built an award-winning choir program at Morrill Middle School in San Jose. Betsy has been singing with Rainbow Women’s Chorus since 1997 and has been co-director since 2000. She creates the choralography for RWC performances and, in the fall of 2003, helped found RWC’s small ensemble, Vocal InFusion. According to her mom, her natural musical ability showed up at the early age of two, when she played “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” by ear on her toy piano.
Doug Forsyth, Accompanist
Doug Forsyth graduated from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music, concentrating on piano performance. He has performed as a singer and an intrumentalist with the Silicon Valley Gay Men’s Chorus, and he has accompanied numerous other performers and choruses. He is appreciated by both chorus and drectors for his unfailing musicianship. Mr Forsyth was accompanist for RWC from 1998 through 2009 and has generously agreed to replace Kathy Disney, our regular accompanist, while she is on temporary leave. We are very lucky to have him.
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