Equipping organizations to bring together people with Alzheimer’s and their care partners to sing in choruses
Giving Voice Initiative (GVI) inspires and equips organizations to bring together people with Alzheimer’s and their care partners to sing in choruses that foster joy, well-being, purpose and community understanding.
The “magic” of Giving Voice often occurs during the once per week chorus rehearsals. The participants gather for rehearsal and social time, learning and practicing a variety of songs in 3- and 4-part harmony. They work on rhythm, syncopation, vocal technique, and singing in key. Each session builds on skills learned in previous classes in a sequential manner that promotes repetition and recall.
Rehearsals also serve as a time for social connection, joyful laughter, and learning. The sessions help singers improve their confidence, memory, and mood. Chorus members with dementia sing with a care partner, creating a positive shared experience for both. Many participants say rehearsals are the “highlight of my week.” And family members often say the choruses “give singers back their dignity and humanity.”
The three flagship choruses in the Twin Cities and 50+ choruses across the United States, Canada and Australia provide access to the arts for a population that is often overlooked and forgotten. The need for effective and innovative programs like Giving Voice Initiative will continue to be important as more Baby Boomers age and become at increased risk for Alzheimer’s and other dementias.