A musical initiative to empower homeless women, educate the public on domestic abuse issues, and support local homeless shelters.
“Sheltering Voices” is a musical initiative to empower homeless women, educate the public on domestic abuse issues, and support local homeless shelters. Our vision is to recruit a choir of homeless women and to commission Stephanie Ann Boyd, our Composer-in-Residence, to write a piece for this new choir and the orchestra. The lyrics will be written by poet and women’s rights advocate Jessica Lynn Suchon, whose creative work is about shedding the shame and stigma around discussing female-related trauma. We are calling the commissioned work and hence the overall project “Sheltering Voices.”
The world premiere of “Sheltering Voices” is being planned for May 12th, 2018. The concert will feature female American composers and soloists through the following musical program:
1. Prayer and Celebration - Augusta Read Thomas
2. Sonata for Viola & Orchestra – Rebecca Clarke (Orchestrated by Ruth Lomon)
3. Sheltering Voices – Stephanie Ann Boyd (World Premiere)
– Intermission –
4. Symphony in E Minor – Amy Beach