“Our concert with One Voice provided our students a real life
opportunity to take a stand for justice. We teach peace and ethics
every day but this partnership gave our students a unique
opportunity to walk the talk. Most importantly, having raised a son
who is gay, I am fully aware of the collaboration's tremendous
potential for good in the lives of young people.”
—Dr. Karen J. Rusthoven, Principal, Community of Peace Academy
One Voice's OUT in Our Schools program collaborates with student singers at local middle and high schools with educational and community outreach concerts. In 2014, One Voice joined vocal activist Melanie DeMore, and students from Blaine High School, Clara Barton Open School, Creative Arts & Open World Learning, Community of Peace Academy, Saint Paul Conservatory for the Performing Arts, and local youth at West 7th Community Center for foot-stomping, hand-clapping rhythms that help combat bullying, build confidence, and empower youth and adults alike.
“Watching you perform, and talking to some of you personally, made me feel like I was in a safe and loving place—which is a hard thing to come by. Your chorus gave me something I haven’t felt in a long time: HOPE.”
—Saint Paul student, 2013
Among youth, bullying and name-calling related to sexual orientation is a serious issue. One Voice has tackled this problem since 1999 by rehearsing and performing with students in the public schools. At many schools where One Voice works, OUT in Our Schools is the only music that the students receive all year and the most significant LGBT outreach they get. Music builds bridges, enhances communication, and dispels myths and stereotypes. Through OUT in Our Schools, One Voice creates powerful artistic partnerships that connect students with creative, caring adults—some of whom just happen to be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.
Explore the many schools where One Voice has performed.
What is OUT in Our Schools like? Check out this video of Melanie DeMore rehearsing with students!