In her eloquent pre-concert talk, Stephanie points out that composers are composers. It doesn't matter if they are men, women, black, white, gay or straight. What matters is how each of them allows us, if only for a brief time, to look into their heart long enough to understand what they mean. In the words of don Miguel Ruiz, a nagual teacher of Toltec wisdom: "My teacher opened his chest and took out his heart, and he took a beautiful flame from his heart. Then he opened my chest, opened my heart, and he put that little flame inside it. He put my heart back in my chest, and as soon as my heart was inside me, I felt intense love, because the flame he put in my heart was his own love."
Is this not what any composer does? Although we may not undestand what divides us in society, it's not difficult to see how these divisions dissolve in the hands of those who carry this "flame" of love. Choral Chameleon was built on love, it's foundation created by the coming together of people. It continues to be built in an age when we stand on the precipice of a new society where value is not determined by gender, age, sexual orientation, race, or religion. It is so exciting for us to be a musical and "chameleonic" voice during this time. We think, for this reason, that the work we are doing together is some of the most important work that can be done in the music world right now.