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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.

The Choral Commons Emilie Amrein & André de Quadros

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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.

    Indigeneity and Decolonial Choral Practice / Jace Kaholokula Saplan

    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...

    • 49 min
    Girl Power, Creative Youth Development, and the Choir / Alysia Lee

    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...

    • 46 min
    Reimagining the Choir: Chorus America Virtual Conference 2020 / Emilie Amrein and André de Quadros

    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,...

    • 32 min
    Empowering Song, Incarceration, and the Choir / Emily Howe and Bobby Iacoviello

    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...

    • 42 min
    Race, Mass Incarceration, and the Choir / Halim Flowers

    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.”...

    • 49 min
    Disability Justice, Radical Inclusion, and the Choir / Andrew Clark and Kristina Gillis

    Disability Justice, Radical Inclusion, and the Choir / Andrew Clark and Kristina Gillis

    KRISTINA GILLIS is a graduate of the threshold program at Lesley University and a member of Cambridge Common Voices. ANDY CLARK teaches at Harvard University and is director of Cambridge Common Voices, a choral organization that strives to create an...

    • 48 min

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