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Another Octave Receives Grant Support from Connecticut Humanities

March 2023

Hamden, CT

Another Octave: Connecticut Women’s Chorus was recently awarded a $5600 CT Cultural Fund Operating Support grant from CT Humanities (CTH). These grants assist organizations as they recover from the pandemic and maintain and grow their ability to serve and enrich their community and the public.

Another Octave, which has been performing since 1990, plans to use the grant to further its mission of exploring, chronicling, and celebrating women’s lives through music. “As with so many arts organizations over these past three years,” notes AO board president Charisse Hutton, “we lost singing members and struggled to maintain connection with our audience. This award will provide us with resources to help rebuild our chorus and grow and diversify our audiences.”

Another Octave has used the power of music to celebrate women’s choices and experiences for over three decades. Expanding from a small group of lesbians who decided that they wanted an extracurricular activity other than softball, the chorus now has over 40 women from a wide range of backgrounds. The chorus performs several shows a year, primarily in Connecticut, but also joint concerts with choruses in other states, and performances at national and international festivals, civic and social justice events. Whether offering goofy pop tunes, sharp political satire, inspirational anthems, or sultry love songs, Another Octave can be counted on to delight, surprise, and move its audiences.

Another Octave’s spring concert — Here Comes the Sun — will take place at 7:00 pm on Saturday, May 13 at the Unitarian Society of New Haven (700 Hartford Turnpike, Hamden). For tickets and information, please see ( and

Another Octave was one of 723 organizations receiving a CT Cultural Fund Operating Support Grant. Totaling more than $8.5 million this year, these grants are part of a two-year, $30.7 million investment in arts, humanities, and cultural nonprofits by the CT General Assembly and approved by Governor Ned Lamont. This operating support grant is provided to Another Octave from CT Humanities, with funding from the Connecticut State Department of Economic and Community Development/Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) from the Connecticut State Legislature.

CT Humanities (CTH), an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, connects people to the humanities through grants, partnerships, and collaborative programs. Learn more by visiting

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