March 6-8, 2019
University of San Diego
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Thursday, March 7 • 10:00am - 11:10am
Finding Common Ground: Building Community and Understanding Across Political, Demographic, and Perceptual Borders

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Comprised of singers from Mexico, the US, and around the world, Common Ground Voices “aims to generate a meaningful collaboration through music; to explore and create music of shared human values and aspirations; to contribute to community music as an exercise of non-violence; and to utilize music as a springboard for a meaningful discussion about social and political change, within the group as well as with the society in general.” In this workshop, participants will encounter a variety of multi-dimensional listening practices embedded into the very fabric of the ensemble’s work, including core activities meant to build empathy and invoke a vision of a yet-to-be world. These activities include a variety of active listening exercises, Theater of the Oppressed games, healing circles, and reflective dialogue. Perhaps most significantly, these activities invite participants to become present to themselves, each other, and the world. This presence could be seen as a spiritual practice of connecting, a making space for genuine relationships to be made.

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Emilie Amrein

Assistant Professor of Music, University of San Diego
Professor Amrein conducts the USD Choral Scholars and teaches courses on the intersection of music and social justice movements. She is the artistic director of Peregrine Music, an arts and education nonprofit organization committed to engaging communities in meaningful dialogue about... Read More →
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Andre de Quadros

Professor of Music, Boston University
Professor André de Quadros is a conductor, ethnomusicologist, music educator, writer, and human rights activist. His professional work has taken him to the most diverse settings, spanning professional ensembles, and projects with prisons, psychosocial rehabilitation, refugees and... Read More →

Thursday March 7, 2019 10:00am - 11:10am PST
KIPJ Theatre