More than dementia friendly, our choruses are created for people living with Alzheimer's

Spring 2023 Registration is open for our in-person and online dementia friendly choruses

Giving Voice Choruses sing in person through our partnerships with MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis, The Minnesota JCC in St. Paul, and Meetinghouse Church in Edina, Minnesota. Not in the Twin Cities? Join our Virtual Chorus on zoom from anywhere for great music in three-part harmony.

Not in the Twin Cities and want to sing with an in person dementia friendly chorus? Check here to see if there’s a chorus near you!

If you’re looking for dementia friendly activities, Giving Voice Chorus is so much more.

Join us for laughter, joy, and friendship. Singing is transformative. Singing as a chorus is community.

More than dementia friendly, our choruses are created specifically for people living with Alzheimer’s, other forms of dementia, or undiagnosed memory loss.

Our choruses bring together people living with Alzheimer’s or another dementia, care partners, and volunteers. Everyone experiences the same program. We learn the same music, the same parts, and sing together as one voice.

If you, or a family member or friend, are living with dementia or memory loss, we invite you to join our chorus family.

We sing together.

  • There are no auditions. No musical training or experience is necessary
  • There is no judgement. There is no wrong in this room. Everyone is a singer!
  • Together, we learn a set of songs in three-part harmony, and each session ends with a concert for family and friends.
  • The registration fee is $75 per person for our in-person choruses or $75 per screen for our virtual session.
  • Each in person session ends with a concert for family and friends. It’s a highlight!

Come join the fun! It’s more than music. It’s more than dementia friendly. It’s more than a memory choir. It’s laughter, joy, and friendship.

When we sing together, we become a community, and every voice matters.

Questions? Contact (612) 440-9660 or info@givingvoicechorus.org

Frequently asked questions about singing with Giving Voice

I’d like to learn more before signing up. Can I sit in on a rehearsal to try it out?

Of course! We’d love to have you join us. Please send us an email info@givingvoicechorus.org and we’ll arrange for you to sit in on a rehearsal.

My parent/partner has advanced (late stage) Alzheimer’s. Would Giving Voice Chorus be a good fit?

Giving Voice Chorus members are typically in the early or mid-stages of Alzheimer’s and live independently or with family in the community.

 

My parent/partner lives in a memory care. Would Giving Voice Chorus be a good fit?

As long as chorus members are able to attend the weekly, structured rehearsals, we invite them to join us! We recommend that you reach out to us at info@givingvoicechorus.org to learn more about our program.

Remember, if your partner or loved one lives in memory care, they can still enjoy the benefits of music! Many assisted living residences have music programs and personalized playlists on an iPod can be easy to set up and enjoy.

What happens if the dementia progresses? Are chorus members asked to leave the chorus when meaningful participation becomes more difficult?

Every person is different. Some chorus members are able to continue singing with us as the dementia progresses and some members choose to retire from the chorus.

Volunteer with Us

Volunteering is a great way to join our chorus community. Volunteers ensure that our choruses are welcoming and dementia friendly. You can use your skills and talents to fight the stigma of Alzheimer’s by helping us to shine a light on what’s possible.

Volunteer Singing Partner. Our singing Volunteer Singing Partner act as dementia friends to provide extra support, singing alongside chorus members who need help with the music and lyrics, ensuring that everyone has a comfortable and enjoyable experience. This volunteer opportunity is a regular, ongoing commitment, during our weekly, daytime rehearsals.

Operations and Office Volunteers. Have a skill you would like to share? We are always looking for volunteer support. Volunteers are able to help with office projects, photography, social media, concert setup, and so much more!

Interested in volunteering? Email us at: info@givingvoicechorus.org