I joined Tonality because I was excited at the prospect of uniting my two passions, singing and social justice! For me, music is my strongest vessel of communication, and using it to encourage empathy among others is incredibly empowering and feels like I am giving back to my community. I also loved the idea of being surrounded by singers who came from all walks of life. Being a woman of color in classical music can feel extremely isolating, but I knew I was home after the first rehearsal :)
Creating spaces where we can talk about things that are always brushed under the rug, as well as facilitating a space for healing and growth is a beautifully human gift that Tonality possesses. Additionally, having classical concerts where diversity is the norm invites audience members from all walks of life, which is always the goal!
In our last concert, Stories from Home, one of our Deaf community members came up to share her story about how homelessness affected her family. When hearing it for the first time, I immediately started to cry because I had experienced the exact same situation. It was a bittersweet moment where we connected in a way we couldn't have expected just from looking at each other.