Chorus members include people with dementia, their care partners and volunteers. We welcome any person who is living with Alzheimer’s or another dementia who can attend the structured weekly rehearsals and, most importantly, wants to make good music and good friends! There are no auditions, and no musical training or experience is necessary.
Singers usually join the group at the beginning of a session. Each singer pays a registration fee of $50 for each fall and spring session, and $25 for the summer session.
If you’re interested in joining the chorus, but want to learn more, come to a rehearsal to see the chorus firsthand.
For more information, contact Anna Ostroushko at (612) 767-5553 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Become a Donor
Singer registration fees cover only a fraction of the cost of operating the Giving Voice Initiative. We rely on generous donors who see the impact of our “giving voice” mission and want to actively support this work.
Giving Voice Initiative is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and contributions are tax deductible.
Volunteer with Us
Volunteers help us deliver a rewarding and inspiring choral experience. You can volunteer as a dementia friend in the chorus or as a helper with day-to-day operations.
Volunteer dementia friend. Our volunteer dementia friends give care partners a break by singing alongside the person with dementia, helping them follow the music and lyrics, taking instructional notes and ensuring that all the singers have a comfortable and enjoyable experience during rehearsals and performances. This is a weekly commitment during the day on Monday or Wednesday for a 14 week session. Rehearsals are 2 hours at length.
Operations volunteers. Volunteers with operations experience help us run a well-organized chorus! This opportunity could be one-time or ongoing. We need volunteers in the following areas:
- Rehearsal and concert refreshments
- Concert box office, ticket takers, and ushers
- Concert stage crew
Apply as a volunteer
Join Us as a Host Organization
A Giving Voice chorus in your community could bring renewed purpose, learning, friendships, and just plain happiness to the lives of people living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. If you are thinking of starting a chorus, please look at Start a Chorus to get an idea of what’s involved and learn from our experience. We also encourage you to let us know so we can keep you up to date on any new developments that might be helpful to you.
I may want to volunteer with GVI. How can I find out more about what is involved?
We encourage you to observe a Giving Voice Chorus rehearsal. To make arrangements, please contact Mary at email@example.com.
I’ve never interacted with people with dementia. Do you provide some sort of training for volunteers?
With the Giving Voice choruses hosted in Minneapolis and St. Paul, we do provide periodic training on working with people who have dementia. We access experts from various Alzheimer’s organizations to train volunteers on dementia friendly components, especially behavior and communication.
My parent/partner has advanced (late stage) Alzheimer’s. Is the chorus a possibility for him/her?
GVI choruses typically have people in the early to mid- stages of Alzheimer’s who do not live in a care facility. Accommodating the daily and physical needs of a person with late-stage Alzheimer’s isn’t feasible. You may want to check with the care facility about music options available to residents. Music programs such as Music and Memory may be helpful.
My parent/partner lives in a memory care facility. Is the chorus a possibility for him/her?
If the person is able to attend a weekly rehearsal, participation in a Giving Voice chorus may be an option. We recommend that you consult with the chorus director to discuss the specifics of your situation.
Are chorus members asked to leave the chorus when meaningful participation becomes more difficult?
As a chorus member’s disease progresses, it may become apparent that he or she no longer enjoys or is benefitting from the experience, or it may become physically difficult to participate. It has been GVI’s experience that the care partner decides whether or not to continue.