If you could write a letter to your past self, or your future self, what would you say? What would you tell them about the possibilities the present holds? The connections you should have made, are yet to make?
She Is Called: Dear Stranger is a letter between friends and strangers, a tone poem, commissioned pieces of music, and an exploration of gender, identity, and longing in this intrepid moment in our collective present by a community of extraordinary young artists.
Presented via a media-rich website experience, She Is Called: Dear Stranger will feature new recordings of commissioned songs by celebrated composers Nathalie Joachim, David Lang, Alev Lenz and Shara Nova, as well as poetic, handwritten letters by the chorus members in collaboration with theater artists Janani Balasubramanian, Charlotte Brathwaite, Sunder Ganglani, and Tareke Ortiz.
She Is Called: Dear Stranger offers a meaningful, user-driven experience of a youth chorus’s individual and collective voices and perspectives on personhood, community, and connection.
About Brooklyn Youth Chorus
Led by Founder & Artistic Director Dianne Berkun Menaker, Brooklyn Youth Chorus is a Grammy Award-winning ensemble that has collaborated with a wide range of artists including the New York Philharmonic, The National, and Sir Elton John, commissioned new music from composers such as Caroline Shaw, Toshi Reagon and Bryce Dessner, and each year trains hundreds of young artists in its after-school and public-school programs.
In addition to providing unparalleled voice training and performance opportunities, Brooklyn Youth Chorus also gives singers the training and opportunity to develop and create original work. This work transcends notes on a page; encouraging singers to be authentic and vulnerable as they co-create magic for the stage.
Over the past decade, members of their Performing Ensembles have participated in the co-creation of several works for the stage, including Silent Voices (National Sawdust 2018, New Victory Theater 2019), Black Mountain Songs (BAM Next Wave Festival 2014), and Tell the Way (St. Ann’s Warehouse 2011). These hybrid choral/theater productions push the limits of perception for what young artists can achieve. By working with a diverse range of professional artists, singers in the Chorus are able to collaborate on original work that reflects their lives and gives them a voice.
Funds provided by the Kevin Jeske Young Artist Fund.