International team of noted artists marks the Winter Solstice with a ground-breaking virtual choral project: The Light of Hope Returning


Unique in the landscape of virtual choir projects, The Light of Hope Returning is a combined effort of WomenSing of the Bay Area, California (Director, Ofer dal Lal) and Elektra Women’s Choir, of Vancouver, Canada (Director, Morna Edmundson). This international collaboration features the music of Shawn Kirchner (Los Angeles Master Chorale Composer-in-Residence) and the hand-drawn animation of celebrated New York-based artist Kevork Mourad,  bringing together 70 women’s voices in homage to the holiday season. The Light of Hope Returning poignantly reflects the current state of global uncertainty, while at the same time ultimately trusting in the cycle of the seasons and the hope embodied by the eventual return of light. The online performance also features Canadian soloist Allison Girvan and instrumentalists from the San Francisco Opera Orchestra.

Premiered on December 21 on YouTube, the 70-minute video was viewed over 10,000 times in its two-week premiere run which ends January 6, 2021. The video will return for the holiday season 2021. See more background on this innovative project, see the "Meet the Artists" video, and sign up to receive notification of future broadcasts at