Peacebuilding through Choral Singing

March 30, 12p-1p, Atherton Union 326, Butler University, 4600 Sunset Ave, Indianapolis, IN

Free Pizza will be served.

Choral music, as a genre, brings people together.  Our approaches to relationship building and knowing each other in this setting are implicit at best.  Likewise, people don’t often gather in large numbers to dialogue, or better yet, enter into sustained dialogue.  Combining dialogue and choral singing opened up new ways of knowing and being for the participants.  Social justice topics were discussed and sung about in a classroom setting at Butler University.  Students sang and dialogued with choirs from the United Arab Emirates, Brasil, and five public high school choirs in Indianapolis.  The result was a transformational understanding of human-to-human interaction over the table of group singing.

About John Perkins and his Tutu Fellowship:

Associate Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music at Butler University, received funding for the research and development of a new curriculum entitled “Cultural Competency and Peacebuilding through Choral Singing,” which aimed to use choral music as a conduit to create transformative cultural encounters for students by connecting them to choirs in the UAE and Brazil through modern web-based technology.

On April 17th, 2016, Desmond Tutu Center Tutu Fellow, Dr. John Perkins, Associate Director of Choral Activities and an Assistant Professor of Music at Butler University presented, “Deadline for Choral Peacebuilding” at the Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts. The performance was the culmination of the “Peacebuilding Through Choral Singing” class taught by Perkins. Guest artists Ysaÿe Barnwell (formerly of Sweet Honey in the Rock), and JiHAE (New York City pop artist) led a call to peacebuilding through song joined by Butler choirs, Nassim Al Saba Choir (United Arab Emirates), São Vicente a Capella (Brazil) via video, and local high school choirs.