Launched in 2012, the non-profit organization Chorales Equinox is devoted to the creation, development and promotion of choirs composed of singers for whom access to quality musical training is not a matter of course.

It is a substantive project for the long haul geared to getting music to “take roots” in environments were conditions are not a priori propitious for it to grow: it is a matter of sharing art and culture, but also, simply, equality. Bearing in mind that music is a value that contributes to a certain way of living well, it can only be hoped that it is accessible to all.

In 2006, UNESCO defined its general concept of “quality education.”

The Equinox project

This concept can serve as a reference for the “Equinox” project and to guide its philosophy for action step by step. As already pointed out, artistic education promotes active learning (i.e. the progressive acquisition of autonomy: “learning how to learn”) which helps children adapt in the local context. “Learning how to learn” must, at the end of the process, become “learning how to pass on:” by exercising one’s discipline, through rigor, and by working on their determination, the children of our choirs will also learn to guide their peers and to achieve a collective ambition.

By affirming the value of each culture and giving it room for expression, Equinox wants to let everyone gaining self-respect, respect for his origins and the culture from which he stems.

Many projects are of course already being pursued to that end throughout the world with obvious results. Among them, some have an undeniable social impact, but come up against difficulties of an artistic nature: insufficiently trained, teachers do not have adequate methods to teach the children, and are not able to make music part of their identity and their way of life to the full. One of the objectives of the “Equinox” project is to overcome this major problem. With the support of the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel and thanks to a method that is as experimental as it is efficient, it can amplify the social effects by raising the level of artistic achievement.

The training of Equinox

Thanks to the participation of teachers and young musicians in the training of the various choirs, this new pool of musical talents can blossom on a musical and personal level. The structured curriculum of Equinox seeks to develop various skills in its members by means of music: the ability to listen, patience, concentration, the ability to reflect critically, and self-respect as well as respect for others. The sense of belonging to the group makes it possible for the members of each choir to feel recognized as full-fledged members of a positive and legitimate organization. A work method developed by an exceptional artist, Maria João Pires, and implemented with a concern for excellence under the aegis of the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel ensures the quality of the Equinox project.