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