Giving Voice Initiative inspires and equips organizations to help people with Alzheimer’s and their care partners live better lives through singing together. Our worldwide movement is building choral communities that foster joy, well-being, purpose and community understanding as they celebrate the potential of people living with dementia. Our vision is based in the knowledge and expertise gained by operating choruses in Minneapolis and St. Paul.
Giving Voice Initiative 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.
Giving Voice Initiative will lead a worldwide movement that helps people with Alzheimer’s and their care partners live better lives and benefit their communities through singing together.
2019 Impact Report
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Giving Voice is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
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The Giving Voice Approach
Singers of all abilities create and learn in weekly rehearsals with a specially trained professional choral conductor who ensures artistic excellence. The rehearsals culminate in a public performance showcasing the accomplishments of the singers.
Giving Voice’s priority is to meet the needs of people with Alzheimer’s who live outside care facilities because they generally have fewer opportunities to socialize and be creative. Their care partners similarly often feel isolated and alone. In serving this population, Giving Voice creates unique opportunities for people to connect, grow, challenge stereotypes, and significantly improve quality of life. As Giving Voice continues to be a catalyst for changing the stigma of Alzheimer’s disease, the organization is also contributing to emerging dementia and music studies.
To inspire and equip new choruses, Giving Voice offers a resource-rich Toolkit, based upon extensive learning and first-hand experiences operating choruses in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Giving Voice encourages other organizations to learn from its experiences and to share their own successes and challenges through its Giving Voice Learning Network on Facebook.
The Singer Experience
No singing experience required
Music director understands singers’ potential
Comfortable rehearsal spaces with excellent acoustics
Variety of music, familiar and challenging, adapted as needed
Personalized music books and practice CDs
Weekly rehearsals and a public performance
Social time for singers and volunteers
Dementia-aware volunteers available to assist