I joined Tonality to participate in something a little different than the standard choral experience, go beyond the usual expectations for a music ensemble in terms of community involvement and collective responsibility, and help use music as a platform to promote more diversity. Being in Tonality has enabled me to make more of an impact regarding societal issues and to thoughtfully address more sensitive subject matter than is often seen on stage. And it is truly a privilege to sing and perform with such incredibly talented and accomplished musicians!
I feel that it is unique to see a music ensemble take such a strong stance regarding societal issues head-on, as well as actively craft programs to bring awareness to topics that are often treated as unfortunate norms that cannot be changed. Tonality also serves as a means for diverse voices and perspectives to be heard and for stories to be shared, and being in the group enables us to broaden our horizons and think more critically. In order for our art form to progress, it is important to welcome greater inclusivity and strive to do more for our community, and I believe that Tonality is a leader on this front.
I distinctly remember all of us in the choir, dressed in casual clothing, circle around the audience and hum lightly as people shared stories of how homelessness has affected their lives and families. It was an important reminder that these issues are closer than we all think, and that every individual who struggles is someone special to someone else. It was an extremely emotional and beautiful moment.