The Voices In Motion Blog

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...

read more
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...

read more
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...

read more
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...

read more
Finding Voices in Motion

Finding Voices in Motion

Finding Voices in Motion By Sirima Serengupta  |  Participant  |  Voices in MotionWhen 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...

read more
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...

read more
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,...

read more
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.

read more
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.

read more
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.

read more
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.

read more
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.

read more
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?

read more
Everyone Needs a Friend

Everyone Needs a Friend

In my work as narrative therapist, I’m often surprised at the missing component of authentic friendship as part of one’s community of influence. Whom we spend time with is crucial to our health, happiness and transitions in life.

read more
A Sister’s Support from Afar

A Sister’s Support from Afar

For me as a ViM chorister, violinist, volunteer and board member, the choir is like a second family and one that I know will provide the support and solace I may need in the not-too-distant future as the impact of Alzheimer’s on my brother Duncan and his family deepens.

read more
Why is a Representation Agreement important?

Why is a Representation Agreement important?

In this document you can appoint one or more people you trust to make these decisions on your behalf. Covering both health care and personal care, it is like a “power of attorney for your body”. During a time of mental incapacity, this type of advance care planning is extremely valuable.

read more
Why We Support Voices In Motion

Why We Support Voices In Motion

When we were introduced to Voices in Motion, we immediately saw the importance of it continuing past the research stage to become a widespread activity across Victoria and as far and wide as possible.

read more
The Reluctant Chorister

The Reluctant Chorister

We attended concerts in 2018, and then last summer were introduced to Erica, the choral conductor and I was ready to join the choir, but Barry was adamant that he could not sing. In a short time of meeting with Erica, who told him “Everyone can Sing”, we joined the Gordon Head Voices in Motion Choir.

read more
Dragon Boating Keeps Me Afloat

Dragon Boating Keeps Me Afloat

It took time to realize that if I did not take care of myself, I would be unable to properly care for my husband. He depends on me. We need each other. We are a team. My dragon boat team was my escape, if only for a few hours a week.

read more

Sign up to our newsletter, Good Vibrations, to receive updates about Voices in Motion events, new choirs, research and to hear personal stories from our choir members.

 You will also find practical information that will benefit you and your family as you move through the dementia journey together. All we need is your name and email address.

You have Successfully Subscribed!