Diversity/Equity/Inclusion

A comprehensive repertoire list prepared by Joshua Jacobson.

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Many choral organizations have embraced accessibility for those with disabilities as an important value, even making it part of their policies. When choruses accommodate singers with disabilities, everybody wins.

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Many types of organizations are tackling issues of diversity. Patricia Moore Harbour, who has facilitated a number of these discussions in a process that she describes as the Transformative Learning Experience, believes arts organizations, especially choruses, may start out ahead of the game.

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The concept of ubuntu: "A person is a person through other people." Throughout black South African history—from ancient times when societies were migratory to the more recent struggle against apartheid—the people have relied on each other for their very survival. One conductor brought the lessons of ubuntu back home to his chorus.

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Is Concert Hall Etiquette Exclusionary?

We have created an elitist culture around classical music, about clothes and small talk and polite applause, and then we wonder why those who "don't have tuxedos" don't come to our concerts. Should we be working to change this? How can we do it?

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A chorus by its very nature is a collaboration - singers, instrumentalists, music directors, front-office staff—all, according to Webster, performing work or labor together, especially literary (read artistic) pursuits." So it comes as no surprise that choruses would extend that collaborative spirit beyond their own organizations.

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Activities undertaken by children and teens can profoundly influence the shape of their lives, and singing in a chorus is unusually powerful. Interviews with choral singers show that such early encounters grow into close, passionate relationships with music and choral singing, reflecting the positive influence that choral singing plays in bringing value, direction, and meaning to lives. 

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