About Brain Change

Brian Change is a social enterprise focused on critical education and community organizing. Operating at the diverse intersection of music, journalism, and adult education, Brain Change provides performing arts, writing, and training to disrupt systems, establish new norms, and vitalize social justice. A playful reclamation, Brain Change is named after the commonly misspelled name of its founder, Brian Chang.

Musical Journalism

Brian Chang has been involved with choral music as a singer, administrator, and conductor for over a decade. In 2015 he started writing for the Wholenote Magazine as its resident Choral Scene columnist; providing news and insight on choral music to a 30,000-print circulation. In 2016 he became a regular contributor with Ludwig Van Toronto, formerly Musical Toronto. Capable of writing blog-style quick reads, in-depth interviews, editorials, and features, Brian's work always seeks to illuminate the reader with new angles, authoritative voice, and a creative edge. 

*Ludwig van Toronto is a member of the National Newsmedia Council   

CHORAL SCENE | In the Absence of Singing, Uncertainty

CHORAL SCENE | In the Absence of Singing, Uncertainty

Anyone who sings in a choir has likely seen the tragic story of the Amsterdam Mixed Choir where after a performance of the Bach St John Passion, 102 of the 130 choristers were sickened by COVID-19...

FEATURE | No More Whispers: Opera’s Reckoning With Racism

FEATURE | No More Whispers: Opera’s Reckoning With Racism

“Opera is racist” may sound harsh, extreme, or even dramatic to the untrained ear. However, from our view, if we want progress and change we can’t shy away from calling a spade a spade”...

CHORAL SCENE | Maybe Soon? Or Maybe Not

CHORAL SCENE | Maybe Soon? Or Maybe Not

Readers of The WholeNote know me primarily as the Choral Scene columnist and an active participant in choral music in Toronto. My involvement and experiences in the rich cultural offerings of Toronto isn’t purely journalistic though, I’m also an avid theatregoer and it feels strange to me to go more than a few weeks without live art of some kind. This month I’m expanding our “What May Be” exploration beyond the choral world for some other touchpoints in the world of performing arts that I will miss...