In Person Chorus is Suspended for Twin Cities Choruses
In light of the current circumstances with COVID-19 and community safety, rehearsals for all three Twin Cities Giving Voice Choruses are canceled until further notice. We have been in partnership and communication with MacPhail and Lyngblomsten on this decision and believe that this is in the best interests of all involved.
In response to the social distancing requirement, Giving Voice was excited to launch Giving Voice Live, a virtual time for socialization and singing!
As a way to build community in our choruses during this time of no rehearsals, Giving Voice Live is an opportunity for singers to connect over video and share conversation, laughter and song. This online session allows singers to give updates and hear how others are doing, share stories and engage in simple songs. These online sessions are held during the regular rehearsal time and have similar structures to the Giving Voice session. It brings us joy to see our singers smiling faces each week!
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FAQs about volunteering
I may want to volunteer with Giving Voice. How can I find out more about what is involved?
We encourage you to observe a Giving Voice rehearsal. To make arrangements, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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?
Giving Voice 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 Giving Voice’s experience that the care partner decides whether or not to continue.