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Rachel Bagby

Rachel Bagby, J.D. (Stanford), founder of Choral Earth, is an author, creator of poetic forms, composer, vocalist, renowned performance artist and was a founding member (soprano and dancer) of Bobby McFerrin’s Voicestra.


Using her voice as an instrument of change, Rachel is a sought-after speaker, and she has keynoted or presented in hundreds of venues on topics ranging from “Writing Lives, Writing Activism” for journalists to “Spirit in Action: The Heart and Soul of the Advocate” for lawyers, to “Voice Blessings,” part of Women, Love and Power with Oprah Winfrey. In addition, choruses around the world have performed her compositions.


Rachel is co-founder of Metanoiaa which marries innovation and visualization technologies with empowering, artistic civic engagement strategies to provide immersive educational experiences. She is also a Donella Meadows Sustainability Institute Fellow and a member of the Advisory Council for the River of Words program co-founded by former US Poet Laureate Robert Haas to connect youth to their watersheds and imaginations through poetry and art.


For nearly 30 years, Rachel Bagby has integrated her diverse skills and talents to provide training / mentoring to social innovators, help individuals and groups realize their visions, and catalyze positive change. An award-winning pioneer of the arts and social healing field, recognition of her work includes a Bioneers Award and the 2008 Artist of the Year award from the Arts and Healing Network.


Rachel’s current projects ask the question: What happens when you engage a community in a creative dialogue about changing its narratives? The pilot program, Sing Seattle!™, will deliver a three-part, highly participatory performance art series as part of the Seattle Center's 50th Anniversary Celebration of the 1962 World's Fair. Envisioned as a project that can be replicated in other cities, Sing Seattle! will galvanize Seattle’s singing communities and audiences to powerfully amplify the City’s evolution as a global sustainability, thrive-ability and civic innovator.  For more information and to receive the gift of her MP3 Forgiveness, visit: http://singseattle.com