In celebration of LiveConnections’ 10th anniversary, we’re dreaming big about accessibility and inclusion in our city. We’ve launched a two-year singing extravaganza where EVERYONE can participate in making music together. Young and old. People of diverse abilities and backgrounds. People who love to sing and people who don’t think they can sing at all.
We’ve been asking: What is a Song? Who is Everyone? What does it mean to Sing?
School and community partners are collaborating with our artists to create and perform the world premiere of fully accessible choral work.
Beginning in the fall of 2017, we hosted workshops with Paul Smith on the “VOCES8 Method.” Co-founder of the renowned British a cappella group VOCES8, Smith developed the Method to tie rhythm and sound to neurological development. Public school teachers and students, teens with intellectual disabilities, and adults receiving therapeutic services had opportunities to sing and move to a range of music from folk and popular styles.
In the spring of 2018, three participating choirs joined VOCES8 on stage for our LiveConnections Presents concert. 60 youth and adults from Germantown Recovery Community, C.W. Henry School and Our Lady of Confidence Day School performed with VOCES8 for a sold-out crowd at World Cafe Live.
In year two of the initiative (2018-2019), we’re taking the ideas even further, commissioning a new multi-media choral work that invites people with diverse abilities to participate through singing, movement, visuals and technology.
Composer Jay Fluellen is writing the music, movement artist Shavon Norris is creating ways for diverse bodies to participate, and Drexel University’s ExCITe Center is using technology to visualize both sound and movement.
In addition, in a series of workshops throughout the fall of 2018, school and community choirs are collaboratively generating text and developing ways to participate based on their distinct needs.
At our culminating Community Sing in March 2019, VOCES8 returns and joins with local partner choirs to present the world premiere of the multi-faceted new work. The whole audience will be invited to join in the music-making, celebrating human ability and the joy of singing together.
In March 2018, 60 youth and adults from local choirs joined VOCES8 in concert.
Project-specific support has been provided by the Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation, Musical Fund Society, Presser Foundation and an anonymous donor.
We’re grateful for the numerous foundations, corporations and individuals who support our programs. See a complete list here.