Why: Before we were different we were the same.
In a world that is increasingly connecting at unfathomable speeds, we somehow seem to be disconnecting from that which is most authentic, most edifying, most nourishing to us as humans. We are built for community. We are built for compassion. Nowhere is this more evident than in the wide open hearts of children.
At OneVoice, we recognize the power of music to heal, nurture, and help us understand our essential selves. It enables us to express our connectedness, our wholeness of spirit, and reaffirm a sense of meaning in our lives. Music reminds us of our Oneness. By bringing together children from across the globe through the universal language of music we help them sow the seeds of peace, love, and understanding in themselves. When there’s peace in your heart, you bring that peace into the world. Basically, that’s all we’re trying to do: Create World Peace. That’s not too ambitious, is it?
What: A Community of Voices.
At its core, OneVoice facilitates musical sister-school relationships between schools in the U.S. and other parts of the world. Our team, which includes musicians, teachers, a producer, and videographer, visits each school for about a week, during which time the students will learn and exchange songs, create their own music, and record audio and video “postcards” to be shared with their sister school.
Think of it as a music camp which sparks a global musical conversation. Not only is this conversation shared between sister schools, but it is then turned into a radio program to be heard by hundreds of thousands of kids and parents all over the world. The first such program, featuring the Brain Tree School in Kyanja, Uganda and The Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, PA was broadcast on Kids Place Live, the children’s programming channel on Sirius XM Satellite Radio. Not only do we educate and empower the students involved, we end up educating and empowering a greater audience as well. To ensure that the conversation endures, we endow schools with the tools they will need for their musical future, whether that be instruments, computers, or musical instruction. Our vision is that, eventually, there will be a global network of schools—talking to and creating with each other. Cool, yes? We think so.