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Women's March on NYC to Kick Off With Songs by All-Female Chorus

By Katie Honan | January 19, 2017 2:16pm
 The team behind HERmonics includes, from left to right, Lindsay Fisher, Julie Galdieri, Catherine Aks, Courtney Birch, and Shazia Rafi.
The team behind HERmonics includes, from left to right, Lindsay Fisher, Julie Galdieri, Catherine Aks, Courtney Birch, and Shazia Rafi.
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A group of singers from around the city will kick off Saturday's Women's March in NYC with a trio of songs, including one specifically written for the event.

The HERmonics, a NYC-based group, was formed as a result of the march, as a host of singers separately reached out to the march organizers to see how they could help — and march organizers suggested they contact one another. 

Now the choral group has grown to more than 70 singers from around the city, and will start Saturday's march, where an estimated 100,000 people are expected to attend.

"There's such a strong desire to be a part of something right now, to somehow enact all of these strong emotions that we have, singing was a great solution," singer Julie Galdieri, who came up with the group's name, told DNAinfo New York.

The organizing team behind The HERmonics includes Galdieri, along with Lindsay Fisher, Catherine Aks, Shazia Rafi, Zara Atal, Kristen Enering and Courtney Birch.

All are experienced singers who found they could be united in strengthening women thorough music.

"There are so many women who can't speak out, or can't raise their voices, so just being able to sing our message, and sing and speak for those who cannot — that's one of the most important messages we can have going forward," Fisher said. 

The HERmonics perform "We Walk Through" at the start of the Women's March in New York City on Jan. 21, 2017.

Rafi said the most important thing is women standing united in support of one another — a "flash mob of feminists" being her initial dream. 

"Women's voices need to be heard," she said. "That's the message I want going forward, that all women are in this together, no matter what our political views."

For Birch, who commissioned the new song, "We Walk Through," the desire was to celebrate what all women have in common, especially after a divisive political year. 

She reached out to multiple musicians and singers to help create the music and lyrics, and they brainstormed on what was important. 

The song's music is from Sarah Taylor Ellis, and the lyrics are by Kristin Maloney, with additional music and lyrics by Anna Dagmar. 

They'll premiere it Saturday along with performances of "America the Beautiful" and "The Star Spangled Banner."

"We Walk Through" touches on the many trials women face, regardless of political affiliation or opinions, Birch said. 

"It's a practical thing, we're walking on Saturday, but it's a much bigger issue," added Birch, who will conduct on Saturday.

"We're going to walk through and make sure we get to a place where we are remembering the rights of everyone, and equality."