Founded in 1996, Solstice is a female vocal ensemble
specializing in music written by women or for women's voices. Our music
spans many different
genres with an emphasis on world, classical, pop, and jazz. We are also
committed to performing new works for women's voices and regularly compose,
commission, and arrange new songs.
Solstice has performed in many Bay Area venues including Freight and
Salvage, La Pena, the San Francisco Community Music Center, Music on
the Hill, the Berkeley Arts Center, Trinity Chamber Music series, and
Villa Montalvo. Solstice has also performed on KALW's Folk Music and
Beyond On-Air Folk Festival. Solstice was a featured performer at the
2001 West Coast A Cappella Summit along with nationally known groups
such as the Bobs and M-pact.
Solstice released our self-titled CD in February
2000, recorded at the Presidio Chapel in San Francisco. The CD includes
music from eleven countries
in nine different languages, spanning more than 900 years, and features
original songs and arrangements. Primarily A Cappella called the recording "a
thoughtful and intelligent debut." The album won critical acclaim
and a Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award for Best Folk/World Song
nomination for "Blood and Gold."
Our second CD, "Full Circle", released in 2004 and also recorded
at the Presidio Chapel, has a wide range of material including the Macedonian
folk song "Shto?Mi E Milo," the Cuban "Bossa Cubana," the
powerful Bulgarian folk song "Ergen Deda," Tracy Nelson's blues
tune "Down So Low," the soaring, tambourine-accompanied "A
Chantar," an original arrangement of Chaka Khan's "You Got
The Love," and the original wedding song by group member Sheryl
Kaskowitz, "I Carry Your Heart With Me." Primarily A Cappella
reviewed the album as having "complex, difficult harmonies, well-chosen,
rarely-heard selections, sung with spirit and joy by these six very talented
Solstice includes members Emily Bender, Becca Burrington, Krista Enos,
Mari Marjamaa, Kim Warsaw, and Sara Webb-Schmitz.