The San Diego Women’s Chorus was established in 1987 by Cynthia Lawrence-Wallace, a well-known community activist. That first group was made up of 14 members. Founding members are still active singing members today.
As of 2010, Christopher Allen is the artistic director. The Chorus is non-audition, lesbian-identified community chorus that welcomes all women, regardless of sexual orientation.
In May 2011, the Chorus debuted its 24th season with their annual spring concert, Our Romance. Several founding members are still active singing members today. Its 25th Anniversary concert, Heart & Harmony, was held May 5 and 6, 2012. Chorus president Carin Scheinin announced that the ensemble had fifteen new members, increasing its numbers to nearly fifty singers.
Autumn 2013 found the group hiring its first Assistant Artistic Director, Kathleen Hansen, who began working with Artistic Director Christopher Allen to provide musical assistance and support.
In summer 2014, Kathleen Hansen was promoted to Artistic Director, to replace retiring Director Christopher Allen, while Justine Hansen began serving as the Chorus' new Assistant Artistic Director.