what we do
The Choral Commons 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, confronting racism, poverty, ableism, LGBTQIA+ 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.
The Choral Commons is produced on the original, unceded homelands of diverse Indigenous peoples who have stewarded the land for hundreds of generations and remain connected to it today. We recognize that the modern nation state was founded through the colonization and genocide of Indigenous peoples. We acknowledge this painful history and the forced removal of Indigenous people from the territories of all settler nations. We grieve the systematic erasure of Indigenous languages, musics, and cultures. We see the material ways that benefits accrue from colonization and its primary tools—slavery, white supremacy, and racialized capitalism—and our relationship to the ongoing oppression of Indigenous peoples. We stand in solidarity with those working across movements to dismantle the tools of oppression and commit to the collective work for justice and reparations for Indigenous peoples around the world.