Thanks to composer and voice coach Emily Bate, the Philadelphia choral-music scene just became far more diverse and accepting.
Trust Your Moves, an LGBTQ ensemble out of West Philadelphia, invites all genders and musical abilities. Rather than using traditional vocal terms like soprano, alto, tenor and bass, Bate uses gender-neutral language, referring to parts as high or low. Singers also can switch parts or sing lines in different octaves according to their comfort level.
Gender-nonbinary, transgender and transitioning individuals need not apply to TYM — because auditions aren’t required to join.