Pro Musica Youth Chorus educates and empowers young singers to grow and express themselves joyfully through diverse and exceptional musical experiences. Pro Musica provides a musical home for young singers.
"Land is something sacred to all of us, whether we consciously appreciate it or not — it is the space upon which we play, live, eat, find love, and experience life" (Native-land.ca). Visit this online resource to learn more about land acknowledgements -- what they are and why they matter -- as well as learning about whose land you reside on and how you benefit from living on what was traditional territory of indigenous people.
Pro Musica Youth Chorus acknowledges that here at our home at First United, (who generously hosts our rehearsals and concerts,) we are on the traditional territory of several indigenous nations including Peoria, (including Kaskaskia, whose descendants are counted among the Peoria,) Bodwéwadmi (Potawatomi), Myaamia (Miami Nation of Indiana and Miami Tribe of Oklahoma) and Očhéthi Šakówiŋ (Oglala Sioux).
We further acknowledge that these native nations are present among us now (with more than 65,000 Native Americans living in the Chicagoland area). We are learning more about the true history of our land and its stewards -- past, present, and future – and we formally recognize that we are on Native land as a way to offer respect.
"You are on Native land" -- from the introduction to the Native Truths: Our Voices, Our Stories -- a new and highly recommended exhibit at The Field Museum.