Six Twin Cities organizations have collaborated to launch a Giving Voice chorus in St. Paul, Minnesota. Fifty singers with Alzheimer’s disease and their care partners, and volunteers, had their first rehearsal on September 12 at the Newman-Benson Chapel on the campus of Lyngblomsten, a nonprofit provider of services to older adults since 1906.
Chorus members will convene each Monday morning for a 90-minute rehearsal under the direction of Jeanie Brindley-Barnett, who also directs Giving Voice choruses in Minneapolis at MacPhail Center for Music. Ms. Brindley-Barnett is a co-founder and senior teaching artist of MacPhail Music for Life™, a pioneering music program for adults 55 years and older. The St. Paul group will present its first public performance in December 2016.
The launch follows a year of planning by Giving Voice, MacPhail Center for Music, Lyngblomsten, HealthPartners Center for Memory and Aging, Jewish Family Service, and Amherst H. Wilder Foundation. Minnesota Philanthropy Partners, with funding from The Saint Paul Foundation and the F.R. Bigelow Foundation, has provided major financial support for the inaugural season.
Each Giving Voice chorus has the goal of bringing joy, well-being, purpose and community understanding to people with Alzheimer’s and their care partners. Giving Voice, the nonprofit organization, is working to inspire an international movement around the globe to build choral music communities that celebrate the potential of people living with dementia. Planning is currently underway for choruses in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Minneapolis and Rochester, Minnesota, and Vancouver, Canada.
Anyone interested in joining Giving Voice chorus St. Paul should contact MacPhail Center of Music at 612-321-0100 or register online.