Spirit Singers is a non-auditioned choral ensemble of U of T students who celebrate diversity and foster interfaith intercultural understanding through song. The repertoire of the Spirit Singers reflects a wide variety of world views and affirm our common humanity in the quest for peace and justice.
This year, the Spirit Singers are hosting a weekly drop-in activity called Social Justice Music Workshop, facilitated by Isabel Bernus, Musical Director of the Spirit Singers.
Each week, the group explores songs from various traditions of world music and from different ethnic communities and faiths, including guest performances exploring topics such as advocating against anti-Black racism and addressing climate change through the power of musical performance.
New singers are welcome!
All undergraduate and graduate students
How The Program Works
This is a drop-in activity. The group meets Monday evenings over Zoom from 7:10 – 8:10 p.m. Attend one workshop on a topic of interest or all workshops!
Program Activities & Schedule31 Jan
Songs That Keep Our Eyes on the Prize by Reggie Harris
Join Reggie Harris, who will lead the group in singing songs that shaped the history of the Underground Railroad and the U.S. modern civil rights movements. He will demonstrate how spiritual freedom songs provide a central core of hope, perseverance and action for change in our world today.Register14 Feb
Songs of Exodus & Freedom
Musicologist Jordan Klapman will discuss the social activist history of two beautiful traditional Jewish folk songs, Avadim Hayinu and Gesher Tzar Me’od. Sung in Hebrew and English, they illustrate the enduring universal appeal of the Exodus freedom story—and humanity’s need to build bridges between communities without fear.Register