Empowering Silenced Voices CD is Now Streaming on Multiple Platforms

by Wendy Moy

Have you listened to Chorosynthesis Singers’ inaugural album yet? We can now be found streaming on multiple platforms including the following below. If you find our music on another platform, please let us know and we will add it to the list!

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/5LwtTzfWLlByZHR33agmjG?si=ZpeaOpvdQe29UbufSxBHRA

iTunes: https://music.apple.com/us/album/empowering-silenced-voices/1481401655

Amazon Music: https://smile.amazon.com/Empowering-Silenced-Voices-Chorosynthesis-Singers/dp/B07XGMYYN2

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnqoMxzvjkPTLoAkHImuKpxx0vwHRiv-K

Liner Notes: http://chorosynthesis.org/esv2-program-notes

Inaugural Album Released on Centaur Records Label

by Wendy Moy

We are thrilled to announce that our inaugural album, Empowering Silenced Voices, has been released on the international Centaur Records label! This double CD set includes 16 new works on themes of social consciousness. The first CD touches on topics, such as colonialism, displacement, war, and terrorism, including a set of four texts from American poet Walt Whitman. The second CD touches on human rights and other topics of human social consciousness--specifically women’s rights, advocacy for children, our connection with technology and the environment, and non-heteronormative love.

Stream: Spotify

Program notes: chorosynthesis.org/esv2-program-notes

Purchase: Amazon Smile

Indiana Choral Directors Association Conference Session

by Wendy Moy


Wendy and Jeremiah will be heading to Indianapolis to present a conference session on "Incorporating Music of Social Consciousness Into Your Program." We look forward to seeing everyone in the Midwest! To register for the conference go to https://www.in-acda.org/conference

2017: Year in Review!

by Wendy Moy

We at Chorosynthesis are grateful for your support throughout this past year. Due to wonderful supporters like you, 2017 was a monumental year for our organization. We would like to take the next 5 minutes of your life to share all that happened, thanks to you! Chorosynthesis Singers embarked on a tour of Washington State with our Empowering Silenced Voices 2.0 program which included a high school exchange, a residency with Mid-Columbia Mastersingers, and the Symposium on New Choral Music and Social Consciousness. During this tour, we premiered 16 works addressing many relevant topics of issues of social consciousness such as child advocacy, women’s rights, human rights, displacement, the environment, technology, and perspectives on terrorism and war. In times such as these, this music is giving hope when hope is sometimes hard to see. Additionally. . .

NW Conference Session: Re-Imagining Relevance through New Music & Social Consciousness

by Wendy Moy

March 8, 2018, 8 am - 9 am
Hilton Pavilion West Ballroom, Portland, OR
NW ACDA Conference Session
To register for conference: http://www.nwacda.org/divisional.html

Discussants: Jeremiah Selvey, Wendy Moy, Justin Raffa, Reg Unterseher

The purpose of this panel discussion is to provide thoughtfulness on the importance of new music and social advocacy as we reconceive the impact of the choral art in our various communities. The panelists will speak from the depth and breadth of their own experiences, as well as broader trends in the field, to provide practical ways to revitalize our choral communities by way of supporting the diversity of our humanity. This panel discussion will explore how we can integrate social consciousness and new music into our choral settings as a means of making the choral art more immediately relevant to our singers, communities, and audiences. The framework for this conversation will be Equity, Diversity, Compassion, and Transformation. Some of the topic areas will include the following:

1. The role of art, especially choral music, to alerting social consciousness and advocacy...
a. How composers use art to evoke social awareness and to connect to communities beyond their own.
b. How singers and audiences are finding deeper connections to the art and to each other by way of the shared passion for particularly socially conscious topics.
c. How choirs are connecting and collaborating with community organizations and social causes.
2. Programming socially conscious music…
a. Importance of performing new works in addition to the canon.
b. Resources available for finding high-quality socially conscious repertoire appropriate to our ensembles, as well as composers who are empathetic to social consciousness.
c. How groups are re-purposing works from the canon in ways that draw attention to social consciousness.
d. Using programming to draw attention to socially conscious issues.
3. Potential fears or barriers to becoming an advocate for social consciousness…
a. Balancing the potentially polarizing views on social issues in your ensemble and community.
b. Becoming a caretaker for the potential psychological barriers to performing socially conscious music.

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Chorosynthesis Singers Featured in Choral Journal!

by Wendy Moy

Chorosynthesis Singers was one of 13 choirs featured in the article, An American Choral Tapestry, part of the Choral Journal's Focus on Diversity Initiatives. Read how we are using new music to champion issues of social consciousness/justice. https://acda.org/files/choral_journals/Broeker-HarrisNov17.pdf

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Kickstarter for ESV 2

by Jeremiah Selvey

Thanks to all of our supporters, we have embarked on a project that continues our work from the last couple of years. This time we decided to do a Washington State Tour and recording of a double CD for international distribution.

We really are spreading the love, thanks to people who have decided to support the cause. We need to raise $5,000 by Jan 2. Will you help us to accomplish that goal by sharing our Kickstarter campaign and by considering giving yourself? Help us get this amazing music out to the world!

Seattle Hospitality

by Jeremiah Selvey

During “Empowering Silenced Voices,” our out-of-town singers truly felt blessed to have a “home away from home,” where they could rest in preparation for a week of intense music-making. We are doing it again—another project of music with a cause, and we could use your help with some Seattle Hospitality.

Chorosynthesis Singers comprises professional singers from all over the country. During the Seattle portion of our next project (Empowering Silenced Voices 2.0), we are seeking potential hosts for these out-of-town guests. Did you know that by providing singers with a comfortable stay in Seattle it enables them to do a really good job in their performances with us? By helping them, you help us...GREATLY! So thank you for taking this into consideration...

If you can't host a singer in your home, perhaps you could volunteer to provide meals for our singers? We are looking for a sponsor for Saturday night's post-concert reception and Sunday and Monday's dinners (during our recording session). If you are interested or know someone who connects with music and social justice and might be able to help out, please let us know.

If you can host a singer in your home, here's what we hope for from volunteers to host these singers...

  1. Time Frame: Saturday, January 14 (afternoon) through Tuesday, January 17
  2. Location: Preferably close enough for singers to use public transportation to get to/from rehearsals and performances without exorbitant travel times. Rehearsals are at Seattle Pacific University.  (Don't let this keep you from volunteering, as we may be able to work something out.)
  3. Overall Goal: Keep our singers well rested and able to stay focused (without too much stress) on their work with Chorosynthesis Singers.
  4. Expectation: Basic room and board (including specified meals, if possible), assisting with transportation (as able and willing), separate beds for each singer, laundry options, WiFi, access to full bathroom, and accommodations for allergies (food, pet). If you have access to a piano or keyboard, even better; or maybe you won't mind them practicing a little at home (if appropriate).
  5. More specifically, we ask the following:
    1. Hosts will arrange for water, coffee/tea, and other light snacks for non-meal times.
    2. Host will provide breakfast every morning Sunday through Tuesday.
    3. Host will provide dinner (or food that the singer can self-prepare) on Saturday (late afternoon) with time to arrive at the venue by the call time.
    4. It would be appreciated if hosts would provide lunch (or lunch food that singer can self-prepare) on Sunday and Monday.
    5. It would be appreciated if hosts could arrange to assist singers with transportation (including car rides or a drop-off at a light rail station or key bus stop).
    6. Hosts should disclose any pets or possible exposure to food allergies.
    7. Hosts should provide separate beds for each performer, even if 2 performers are sharing a room.

If any of these points pose a challenge for you, but you are interested in helping out, PLEASE talk to us. We might be able to work something out.

Please contact us at chorosynthesis@gmail.com with the subject line Seattle Hospitality to get the conversation started. Thank you!