Start a chorus for people living with Alzheimer's in your community

What’s a Giving Voice Chorus all about? Here’s the rundown

  • We sing in three-part harmony, but there are no auditions. We believe that music is for everyone and that everyone is a singer, no matter what we’ve been told in the past. You don’t need to be a great singer, we sing together
  • We don’t ask about a diagnosis, just what’s needed to have a successful experience. When we ask people why they love Giving Voice, they tell us it’s about more than the music. “It’s a place where I can just be myself.” It’s about seeing the person, not a diagnosis
  • Simply by singing, our choruses break down the stigma surrounding dementia. We choose to focus on what’s possible
  • Through our public performances, our singers are changing the narrative around what it means to live well with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. Music’s impact on the brain is astounding, but the neurological and psychological benefits are even greater when we make music. When we share music by singing together, that’s beyond measure. We become a community, “a chorus family”
  • At a time when doors are closing, ours is always open. Our choruses are a place of laughter, friendships, and (of course!) singing

It’s our dream to see a chorus like ours in every community so that everyone will have access to the benefits of singing together.

Who can start a chorus?

Anyone! Seriously, anyone can start a chorus. We’ve seen successful choruses started by choral directors, music therapists, and community volunteers with no musical background.

Become a part of a worldwide movement

We’ll be there for you. Starting with our toolkit, we’ll be there to guide you in launching and sustaining a chorus that changes lives and impacts your community. Have questions? We have answers. From how to make sure your chorus is dementia inclusive to estimating the cost. If you’re thinking about starting a chorus, we would love to hear from you!

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So much more than a memory choir, Giving Voice and choruses like ours are a place of joy, belonging, and purpose. Giving Voice choruses are created for people living with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia and a care partner.

“But with this disease I’m learning to enjoy the moment, and I’m finding that I like myself this way.” — Singer with Alzheimer’s
“I’m part of something; not a stranger. I’m still here. I’m connected.” — Singer with Alzheimer’s
“I can be any way I need to be in here. I’m with people." — Singer with Alzheimer’s
“I can be any way I need to be in here. I’m with people." — Singer with Alzheimer’s
“There is no wrong in this room.” — Singer with Alzheimer’s