OUT in Our Schools
Now in its 18th year, OUT in Our Schools is a core program of One Voice Mixed Chorus, taking adult chorus members into St. Paul schools to engage students in learning and performing choral music, exploring diversity to build understanding and awareness, and addressing gender and gender stereotypes.
OUT in Our Schools is curriculum driven, based on the diversity goals set by school districts. Through music and visual arts, One Voice has developed a curriculum to engage students in conversation about gender and gender stereotypes. This curriculum includes materials for teachers, three artist residencies in each school, and a performance combining middle-school youth with One Voice singers.
“At first I felt uncomfortable about singing with gay people, but over time my attitude and maturity developed and we had a great time. Everyone ended up being way cool and extremely nice!” – High school student
This program is innovative in the way it offers adult role models in singing along-side middle school youth and activities to encourage conversation between LGBT adults and youth.
One Voice is committed to always performing “with” rather than “for” students in the OUT in our Schools program and this element has been a highlight for participating students in the program.