Ep. 156: Voices of Hope: The Intersection of music and justice; With Amanda Weber, DMA

How can music be used in prisons?

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Voices of Hope builds choral singing communities in correctional facilities. Its founder and Artistic Director explains music’s impact on choir participants (internal and external); its unique ability to transcend limitations; and its role in social justice and justice reform.


Joining me today from right here in Minneapolis is Dr. Amanda Weber, Founder and Artistic Director of Voices of Hope, an organization that builds choral singing communities in correctional facilities. She also serves as the Director of Worship and the Arts at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis. Dr. Weber is passionate about uniting music, art, and community through her work as a conductor, singer, pianist, and composer.

Amanda Weber, DMA


We discuss:

  • What is Voices of Hope, and what was the impetus was for starting it?
  • Voices of Hope’s programs, volunteers, events; and how it works.
  • The impact Amanda sees from the choir on participants and volunteers.
  • The significance of music as a “sonic hug” for prison populations.
  • Significant factors/realities of life in a correctional facility that most of us are completely unaware of if we have not been part of that environment.
  • Current US trends related to music programs in prisons.
  • Recommended resources to find out if there is a music program in a correctional facility in your area.

Connect/Other Resources

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Amanda shares a sound clip of Voices of Hope singing. The song is titled, “Resilience,” and is composed by Abbie Betinis.

Closing Words

Thank you so much to Amanda for joining us today and for all she does to enhance lives with music.

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