our guiding principles
mission, vision, & values
what we do
The Choral Commons, founded by Emilie Amrein and André de Quadros, is a media platform that provides a space for singing communities to realize the liberatory potential of the ensemble as a site of radical imagining. We promote equitable artistic and organizational practices that harness the positive social impacts of participatory music making for the common good and confront racism, poverty, ableism, LGBTQ+ discrimination, displacement, and much more.
We produce podcasts and community events, offer educational resources on justice-centered praxis, and incubate creative, artistic, and compassionate projects that empower choirs and singing communities to work for a just and peaceful world.
This is an opportune moment for choral organizations to reflect on past practice and to strategize about the future of the choral art form and choral organizations. Artists and arts organizations are uniquely positioned to respond creatively to societal challenges, advocate against and draw attention to systemic oppression, and cultivate belonging, empowerment, and wellness. By focusing on innovation, equity, and community engagement, we hope to empower choral practitioners with additional strategies for innovation, grounded in culturally responsive, critical, and equity-centered values.
what we believe
We believe in equity, interdependence, and shared leadership. Everyone has a fair and just share of social and cultural resources that belong to us together. Cooperation and connection in our communities, around our world, and with our living planet is essential for the future. Everyone is engaged in gathering information, making decisions, and exercising power to steward common resources.
We believe in deepened responsibility, co-production, and reciprocity. Together we claim the power to repair inequity, restore our common inheritance, and expand opportunities for human fulfillment and planetary resilience. A spirit of common purpose lets us realize that abundance, not scarcity, prevails when we invite wider participation in our endeavors. We recognize, respect, and value the knowledge, perspective, and resources that each partner contributes to the collaboration, in order to move beyond expectations of complementarity to reposition power so that it is shared among collaborators.