COVID & RACISM
I hope that you are all safe and well. I am sending this email to let you know that we have not forgotten about you. I know that so many of you must be so curious as to what the fall season holds in store. The Board of Directors are currently discussing what the best next steps are for the Chorale and we will be sure to update all of you with our finalized recommendations in the coming weeks.
I also want to make the following statement regarding the recent movement for racial equality in the United States, Canada, and around the world, and for Black communities in particular.
The Coquitlam Chorale is and will always be a welcoming, inclusive, prejudice free, and anti-racist organization. We unequivocally condemn racism and prejudice of any kind and racism will not be tolerated in our choir.
The Coquitlam Chorale welcomes people of all colour, ethnicity, gender, and religion. Over the years we have performed and celebrated the music of cultures and peoples from across the globe both old and new, and we commit to continue to do so.
Music is a philosophy. Every chord, every word tells a story, We must use our gift and privilege of being able to perform music as a means to share the stories of the people who have been oppressed. To share their history. To learn about their pains and their pleasures.
We celebrate the differences in all people, and believe that diversity and inclusion is what makes this world beautiful.
Music is for everyone.
In musical and anti-racism solidarity, Ada Nadison, President, Coquitlam Chorale Society