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.
- 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.
- Voices of Hope website
- Listen to Amanda’s TEDxMinneapolis Talk.
- Voices of Hope Facebook and Instagram: @wearevoicesofhope
- Email: email@example.com
- In addition to her role with Voices of Hope, Amanda serves as the Director of Worship and the Arts at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis.
- Westminster Performing Arts Series is curated by Amanda
- We reference the book: “The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts,” by Gary Chapman
- Amanda mentions the recently released book, “Music-Making in U.S. Prisons: Listening to Incarcerated Voices,” by Mary L. Cohen & Stuart P. Duncan
- Download a free songbook at Justice Choir
Other episodes we mentioned or that you may enjoy:
- Ep. 84: Music’s redemptive & restorative power in prison environments, with Arts Capacity founder Holly Mulcahy
- Ep. 151: What are the benefits of singing for our health and wellbeing? with Dr. Diana Allan
- Ep. 3: Music Reduces Urban Poverty (BIIG MIIC & Urban Ventures)
- Ep. 14: The Healing Power of Music for Child Soldiers and Refugees: with Hollywood Music in Media Awards Nominee Samite Mulondo
- Ep. 20: Music Heals the Soul, with founder & Dove Award winning songwriter Steve Siler
- Ep. 47: In honor of George Floyd: The role of music in social justice; with Bruce Henry
- Ep. 68: Advocating for justice with music, and cultivating creativity for the common good; with Sara Groves
- Ep. 98: #BeyondMeToo, with Dr. Sandi Curtis, MT-BC, MTA
- Ep. 130: What are music psychotherapy and vocal psychotherapy, and how do they work? with Dr. Diane Austin, D.A., LCAT
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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.
Thank you so much to Amanda for joining us today and for all she does to enhance lives with music.
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