The Choral Commons
The Choral Commons
Emilie Amrein & André de Quadros
Intercultural Understanding and the Choir / Micah Hendler
41 minutes Posted Aug 28, 2020 at 7:00 pm.
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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 enormous challenges for those who seek to build choral bridges, and to create communities between groups who do not typically interact. While there have been numerous choral and musical peacebuilding efforts, fundamental questions remain about whether and how to create choral music that is focused on justice and peace.

Micah Hendler is a musical changemaker and organizer, working to harness the power of youth voices to make a difference in their communities. Micah founded the Israeli-Palestinian Jerusalem Youth Chorus in 2012 as a synthesis of years of work in musical community-building and conflict transformation. The Jerusalem Youth Chorus is a choral and dialogue program for Palestinian and Israeli youth in Jerusalem, whose mission is to provide a space for these young people from East and West Jerusalem to grow together in song and dialogue. Through the co-creation of music and the sharing of stories, they empower youth in Jerusalem with the responsibility to speak and sing their truths, as they become leaders in their communities and inspire singers and listeners around the world to work for peace, justice, inclusion, and equality.