After receiving funding for a pilot program, Mary and Marge joined with MacPhail Center for Music and MacPhail teaching artist Jeanie Brindley-Barnett to launch the first Giving Voice chorus. MacPhail is America’s largest community music school and its MacPhail Music for Life™ program, co-founded by Brindley-Barnett, provides music classes and ensembles for adults 55+. Housed in MacPhail’s Antonello Hall, the chorus began weekly rehearsals in September 2014 with 30 participants and is now more than 100 strong.
A second Giving Voice chorus launched in St. Paul, Minnesota, in September 2016, a collaboration of Giving, MacPhail, Lyngblomsten, Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, HealthPartners Center for Memory and Aging, and Jewish Family Services of St. Paul.
Amazing Grace, an African American-focused chorus, is launching in St. Paul in 2018.