Has your voice decreased in volume or strength? The Singing with Parkinson’s Chorus was started to address just this issue for those living with Parkinson’s disease. The Chorus now meets on Tuesdays from 10:30 am until noon at the Concord Conservatory of Music with safety COVID-19 protocols in place. The Singing with Parkinson’s brings together Parkinson’s patients, their families, and caregivers to provide strength and camaraderie. This is an ongoing program, and we welcome participants to come at any time during the semester to try out the chorus.
CCM recently welcomed Jay Lane to lead the Chorus. He earned both a Bachelor of Arts and Ph.D. in musicology from Yale University and is a Certified McClosky Voice Technician & Master Teacher. Jay’s passionate about strengthening and improving the voices of people dealing with Parkinson’s and aims to have them thoroughly enjoy singing.
“Singing with Parkinson’s” 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 various genres, and input from the group will help guide the repertoire. The focus is on vocal fitness, with a new exercise introduced each week. Light refreshments are served during the mid-session break. Visit concordconservatory.org/Parkinsons for more information.
The American Parkinson Disease Association Massachusetts Chapter (www.apdama.org) has generously provided partial funding support for the Singing with Parkinson’s Chorus.
The cost for participants is $50 for 10 sessions during the fall semester (or prorated from your start date), and there’s no cost for caregivers and family members to attend. Concord Conservatory of Music (CCM) is the area’s non-profit community music school, located at 1317 Main Street in the West Concord Union Church. Financial assistance is available.
Concord Conservatory of Music (CCM) is an energetic community of people who are passionate about music education. CCM enrolls over 400 students annually and offers programs for all ages and abilities. As a non-profit school, CCM serves Concord, MA, and 15 surrounding communities. Its curriculum includes private instruction, group classes, and performance opportunities.