Seniors and Singing: Two Initiatives that Make a Difference
MacPhail Center for Music is known for community partnerships including MacPhail Music for Life™, which celebrates creative aging and lifelong learning at eight senior living residences throughout the Twin Cities. The choir component of this program is especially popular and, by all indications, is making a real difference in the lives of older people. The largest choral program for older adults in the U.S. is Encore, with eleven choirs in Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC. Through partnerships with likeminded groups such as New Horizons Band, The Dance Exchange and Stagebridge Theatre, Encore’s reach is both broad and deep. Attend this session to learn the key elements of these impressive programs, and the important attributes of the high-quality teaching artists that guide these two leading initiatives.