The Choral Commons
The Choral Commons
Emilie Amrein & André de Quadros
The Choral Commons aims to provide a space for choirs and conductors to envision innovative and equity-centered practice. We produce podcasts and interactive webinars and offer curated resources on diversity, equity, and inclusion; we connect and engage community in meaningful dialogue on pedagogy and practice, and incubate creative, artistic, and compassionate choral projects that empower choral music organizations to work for a just and peaceful world.
Liberation Theology, Poverty, and the Choir / Yara Allen and Charon Hribar
In 1968, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and many others called for a “revolution of values” in America. They sought to build a broad, fusion movement that could unite poor and impacted communities across the country. Today, the Poor People’s Campaign:...
Sep 4
42 min
Intercultural Understanding and the Choir / Micah Hendler
Palestinians and Israelis are deeply divided by borders, religion, and political orientation. This is partly caused by the asymmetrical power dynamic resulting from the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory. This hotly contested landscape presents...
Aug 28
41 min
Borders, Bridges, and the Choir / Ahmed Anzaldúa
In her book, Borderlands/La Frontera, the great Chicana poet, author, and activist, Gloria Anzaldúa writes, “Borders are set up to define the places that are safe and unsafe, to distinguish us from them. A border is a dividing line…The prohibited and...
Aug 21
40 min
Multiculturalism, Authenticity, and the Choir / Patty Cuyler and Mollie Stone
Since late last century, choral musicians and music educators have been deeply invested in multiculturalism as a pedagogical tool for bridging cultural divides and building empathy. Multiculturalism’s great potential has been accompanied by a host of...
Aug 14
44 min
Racial Justice, Activism, and the Choir / Tesfa Wondemagegnehu
Tesfa Wondemagegnehu is a conductor, educator, and activist. He teaches at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, where he conducts two choirs and teaches courses on the intersection of Music & Social Justice movements. Through the love and...
Aug 7
42 min
Indigeneity and Decolonial Choral Practice / Jace Kaholokula Saplan
Indigenous people have been subjected to colonization for centuries. However, by contrast with several other settler nations, the genocide of indigenous people in the United States has rarely entered the mainstream narrative. Recently, some in our...
Jul 31
49 min
Girl Power, Creative Youth Development, and the Choir / Alysia Lee
Alysia Lee is the Founder and Artistic Director of Sister Cities Girlchoir, the El Sistema-inspired, girl empowerment, choral academy in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and New Jersey. She is the education program supervisor for Fine Arts education for the...
Jul 24
46 min
Reimagining the Choir: Chorus America Virtual Conference 2020 / Emilie Amrein and André de Quadros
Black activist and poet, Sonya Renee Taylor, writes, “We will not go back to normal. Normal never was. Our pre-corona existence was never normal other than we normalized greed, inequity, exhaustion, depletion, extraction, disconnection, confusion, rage,...
Jul 17
32 min
Empowering Song, Incarceration, and the Choir / Emily Howe and Bobby Iacoviello
The Empowering Song approach was originally developed in Massachusetts prisons by André de Quadros, Emily Howe, and Jamie Hillman to create an artistic interdisciplinarity that, while rooted in music, stretches into different arts areas. This approach...
Jul 11
42 min
Race, Mass Incarceration, and the Choir / Halim Flowers
HALIM A. FLOWERS was arrested at the age of sixteen and sentenced as an adult to two life sentences in the District of Columbia. His experiences as a child in the adult prison system were filmed in the Emmy award-winning documentary “Thug Life In DC.”...
Jul 3
49 min
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