Singing with Parkinson’s brings together people with Parkinson’s, their family members, and caregivers.
Singing with Parkinson’s Chorus offers people in the community an opportunity to participate in voice therapy while singing, performing, and experiencing the joy of making music. The chorus covers songs from a variety of genres, and input from the group will help guide the repertoire. The focus is on vocal fitness, with a new exercise introduced each week.
In September of 2020, our Singing With Parkinson’s choir took part in a worldwide initiative to create a compilation of vocal students with Parkinson’s Disease singing together. With more than 160 singers from across the globe, the virtual chorus performed Dionne Warwick’s “What the World Needs Now” for Renée Fleming’s Music and Mind Webinar. Fleming is a renowned American opera singer who serves as Artistic Advisor at large to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Research has shown that vocal exercises improve range as well as volume, that they help keep facial muscles toned and responsive, and that they strengthen muscles in the soft palate. The presence of music and rhythm for individuals with Parkinson’s improves their movement.
“Our goal for the Singing with Parkinson’s program is to offer people coping with the disease a chance to sing together, perform in the community and build new friendships. In addition to stimulating creativity, Singing with Parkinson’s will help members with breathing, stretching, posture and vocal exercises –all therapeutic benefits provided in a supportive environment.”
Kate Yoder, CCM Executive Director & Founder
You can join at any point during the semester. When onsite CCM provides an accompanist for the weekly sessions as well as refreshments and time for the group to socialize. There’s no cost for caregivers and family members to attend. ($50 fee/10 sessions for registrants)
Singing with Parkinson’s is supported by a grant from the American Parkinson Disease Association Massachusetts Chapter.