As a “message chorus,” we choose songs that reflect our values and our vision. We sing the words of poets, storytellers, and leaders who inspire us, and we highlight the work of women writers and composers through repertoire drawn from the women’s music community, the gay and lesbian choral movement, and our own commissioning of new works for women’s voices. Strong ties to the GLBT community, progressive churches, and gratitude for the music of the civil rights, labor, and peace movements inform and motivate some of our musical choices. Our music also explores a wide range of text-free sounds and soundscapes.
To the Ends
Whales sing on their long journeys, heard in blue
recordings of flowing beauty: they cry.
A native elder woman walks in thick
woods at night, waiting for shy porcupines
to hum. Scientists say an iceberg, stuck
on the seabed, is singing as water
rushes through deep tunnels and crevasses,
resonating a low pitch like bees or
an orchestra warming. There’s a black hole,
amid the Perseus galaxies, that
emits a B-flat, some fifty-seven
octaves below middle C. Creation,
and its ongoingness in song, pulses
not so much for ears as for proof of soul.
—Beth Isacke, Resonance singer