Giving Voice Initiative (GVI) inspires and equips organizations around the world to build choruses that bring joy, well-being, purpose, and community understanding to people with Alzheimer’s and their care partners. The only organization of its kind, GVI is triggering a movement to build choral music communities that celebrate the potential of people living with dementia.
Giving Voice Chorus programs operate in collaboration with MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, and provide the foundation for GVI’s work. Singers of all abilities create and learn in weekly rehearsals at an attractive and accessible music venue with a specially trained professional choral conductor who ensures artistic excellence. The rehearsals culminate in a public performance showcasing the accomplishments of the singers.
GVI’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. Similarly, their care partners often feel isolated and alone. In serving this population, GVI creates unique opportunities for people to connect, grow, challenge stereotypes, and significantly improve quality of life. GVI hopes to be a catalyst for changing the stigma of Alzheimer’s disease and a contributor to emerging dementia and music studies.
In its Toolkit, GVI shares what it has learned in creating and operating Giving Voice Choruses. Using an open-source approach, GVI encourages other organizations to learn from its experiences and to share their own successes and challenges.
GVI is a 501(c)(3) public charity and contributions to it are tax deductible.
The Giving Voice 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 are available to assist