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Why Social Singing?

Why Social Singing?

Why Social Singing? Research Update By Dr. Stuart MacDonald  |  Researcher  |  Voices in MotionSocial Singing Counters Stigma And Social Isolation: Stigma represents one of the biggest barriers to living with dignity following a dementia diagnosis. According to the...

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A Bright Spot During COVID

A Bright Spot During COVID

A Bright Spot During COVID By Margaret Gavin  |  Participant  |  Voices in MotionI have joined the Sing-along every week since it started. I never miss it because I love the selection of songs, Erica’s amazing voice & wonderful piano-playing and Rick’s harmonizing. It...

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ViM Goes International

ViM Goes International

ViM Goes International By By Stan and Susan Kriegel  |  Participants  |  Voices in MotionOur involvement with Voices in Motion is purely by chance. Deciding that remote learning might offer opportunities for singing, I googled choirs and discovered ViM. Researching...

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Cooking with the Choir Zooms into Life

Cooking with the Choir Zooms into Life

“Cooking with the Choir” Zooms into Life By Andrea Warner   |  Board Member  |  Voices in MotionOn March 21 of this year, we enjoyed getting to know more about four of the Cooking with the Choir recipes, and the people and stories behind them. Rick conducted spotlight...

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Honouring Our Caregivers

Honouring Our Caregivers

Honouring Our Caregivers By Rick Bergh   |  Executive Director  |  Voices in MotionCOVID has been particularly hard on caregivers. Restrictions have made it even more challenging. As I engage caregivers in our choir, I am deeply touched by their daily commitment to...

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Zooming Your Way to Excellence

Zooming Your Way to Excellence

Zooming Your Way to Excellence By Erica Phare-Bergh  |  Artistic Director  |  Voices in MotionWhile it’s true that COVID has been really tough on choirs, there are some advantages to online singing that we can’t always get during in-person rehearsals. Uniform vowels,...

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Cooking with the Choir

Cooking with the Choir

Cooking with the Choir Unforgettable Recipes All proceeds from the sale of Cooking with the Choir go towards the work of Voices in Motion. The cost of the book is $20 + $5 shipping. For bulk pricing over ten copies, please contact us.This cookbook is story driven. It...

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The Latest From Our Researchers

The Latest From Our Researchers

The Latest From Our Researchers By Dr. André Smith  |  Researcher  |  Voices in Motion Exploring the embodied, relational, and social impact of choral singing with dementia The study explores the impact of participation in Voices in Motion (ViM), an intergenerational...

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Adapting During COVID

Adapting During COVID

Adapting During COVID By Rick Bergh  |  Executive Director  |  Voices in MotionCOVID has been a challenging time for all of us. We wanted to reach out to a few of choristers and ask them how they’ve managed during the last months and what they have done that has been...

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Two Of Our Young People Shining Their Light

Two Of Our Young People Shining Their Light

Two Of Our Young People Shining Their Light By Andrea Warner   |  Friend  |  Voices in Motion Youth Chorister Priscila Kumar has been recognized for her philanthropic community work. Priscila Kumar, a 17-year-old student in grade 11 at St. Andrew’s Regional High...

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Finding Voices in Motion

Finding Voices in Motion

Finding Voices in Motion By Sirima Sengupta |  Participant  |  Voices in Motion When I was little, my mother enrolled me in music classes in India in the Bangla-language. I realized early in life that singing made me happy, be it English singing classes in the...

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Singing Together During COVID

Singing Together During COVID

Singing Together During COVID By Rick Bergh   |  Executive Director  |  Voices in MotionI Wondered. “How was it going to go?” What a big change. Singing together but now singing together via computer. COVID-19 has brought significant changes into our lives. We’ve...

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The Story Behind the ViM T-shirt Artwork

The Story Behind the ViM T-shirt Artwork

The Story Behind the ViM T-shirt Artwork By Al & Pat Pearce  | Caregiver & Participant | Voices in MotionWe would like to introduce our official ViM T-shirt to you with artwork by Al, one of our choristers. Here’s the story behind the artwork, written by Pat,...

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Making Waves: UVic’s Virtual Research Symposium

Making Waves: UVic’s Virtual Research Symposium

We enjoyed having the students from the University of Victoria attend rehearsals at our Gordon Head ViM Choir. These students, along with others from Dr. Stuart MacDonald’s psychology class, were involved in research projects, analyzing and compiling data from the Voices in Motion Choirs. Their findings were recently presented (virtually) through the Making Waves Platform.

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Celebrating Dot’s 100th Birthday

Celebrating Dot’s 100th Birthday

As Brenda reflected upon her mom’s life and Dot’s response to life’s challenges – that span a century – she wrote her mom’s wise words down and turned them into a poem. She gave me permission to share it with you. The poem is called It’s Always Something.

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The Good, the Bad and the Different

The Good, the Bad and the Different

I couldn’t help but think about the many areas of life that have changed since COVID -19 began robbing us of community. And in so many ways, the loss we are experiencing is difficult for all of us. We are all experiencing grief of some kind.

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Our Next Generation of Researchers

Our Next Generation of Researchers

It’s important to be involved in ongoing research and Voices in Motion is committed to be involved in that research. These students have further explored some of the data from ViM. In my conversation with each of them, they provided me hope and an ongoing reason to keep on doing what we are doing.

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I Remember by Priscila Kumar

I Remember by Priscila Kumar

We are very excited that Priscila, one of our students from St. Andrews Regional High School, will be publishing her book. I Remember is based upon her experience with Voices in Motion. She wrote it and did all the water-colour illustrations herself.

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Vowels Matter

Vowels Matter

You’ve heard me frequently say in rehearsal: “We want a unified vowel on that.” What do I mean by that? And why so much attention to vowels when we sing?

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