Emily Bate (she/her) is a composer and vocalist who writes and performs works that focus on group singing and blend elements of theater, performance art, and choral and experimental music. With a background in experimental theater and cabaret, Bate works primarily in live settings as both a performer and a facilitator of collaborative performance. She defines artistic excellence as “a willingness to stay humble and fluid in my role, to increase other peoples’ access to artistic expression, and to stay alert to all the contradictory feelings we generate as we create or witness.” Bate founded and conducts Trust Your Moves, a no-audition, 65-member queer community chorus centered on gender liberation and co-creation. The group commissions and performs work by queer and transgender composers. Bate has received an Art is Essential grant from the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority, two Art and Change grants from the Leeway Foundation, a grant from the MAP Fund, and a fellowship from the Independence Foundation.