Updated: Sep 6, 2018
Leaders of street choirs from around the U.S. recently reached out to us -- we were excited to learn how many other groups are involved in this work!
In January, Harmony, Hope & Healing staff will travel to Dallas to meet leaders from these and other choirs around the country, with the goal of sharing stories and comparing notes about what we do and how we do it. In addition, Dr. Anne Nordberg, a professor at the University of Texas Arlington School of Social Work, will discuss her research on the effects of communal singing on those experiencing homelessness.
Just prior to the visit, Leeav Sofer of the Urban Voices Project from Los Angeles will visit us over Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend, and the following week Sofer and representatives from Harmony, Hope & Healing will travel to Dallas for a first-ever national gathering..
Although our histories and ways of carrying out the work differ, we share a mission and vision of the healing power of music and self expression with many groups across the country. The Dallas Street Choir sang at Carnegie Hall and were featured on the Today Show this fall. The Urban Voices Project in Los Angeles started a couple of years ago, whereas the Giving Voice to the Voiceless program of Santa Fe Desert Chorale began meeting for the first time just this summer.