We look forward to welcoming you into one of our choirs.
Each choir has its own rehearsal location and time of day – there are four to choose from. All of our choirs are open to friends (volunteers) and students.
All of the choir’s repertoire is arranged and adapted by Erica (choral arranger with Cypress Choral Music) specifically for Voices in Motion. Maybe you didn’t know that. Check out her publications here.
If you join an in-person community choir, you are most welcome to attend the online choir as well.
4:00 to 5:00pm
Mount St. Mary’s Hospital (long-term care) Pending
10:30am to noon
Edelweiss Club in James Bay
2:30 to 4:00pm
St. Joseph the Worker Parish
3:30 to 5:00pm
Pacific Christian School
THE BIG SING
A massed rehearsal with all the ViM choirs
On the third Sunday afternoon (3pm) of each month, we will be having a “Big Sing”.
We love singing with our friends from the other choirs. We will sing and rehearse together followed by a light lunch and conversation.
CAREGIVERS’ SUPPORT GROUP
Caregivers are invited to attend a Zoom support group each Tuesday at 2:30pm.
Come and support one another, offer wisdom, learn from each other and meet others who are on a similar journey. A private Zoom link is sent out the day of the event.
“Getting to Know You” is back by popular request
We continue with our Getting to Know You sharing times, where we interview members of our ViM family via Zoom and together discover their unique narratives and personalities.
Sharing our stories – both wonderful parts and (sometimes) the more challenging parts – helps us realize that we can face life’s uncertainties and feel supported by others who may be going through similar experiences.
INSPIRE OTHER PEOPLE
We are excited to sing for our family, friends and community.
Our theme for the fall choral season is So Happy Together. Each choir has its own concert, although each ViM choir performs the same repertoire in the December concerts.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What are the safety protocols for the in-person choirs?
Your safety is important to us. We require that our singers be fully vaccinated in order to attend in person. In addition, for the time being, we ask that choristers wear masks while singing. We follow BC health regulations for COVID protocol.
I have never sung in a choir before. Is that a problem?
Not at all! Our professional choral conductor will help you find your voice! This is a non-auditioned choir – no one is turned away. You can speak with one of our choristers who said the same thing when they first started. Everyone has a voice.
Can I try a choir before committing?
If you are shy about attending a rehearsal, we would be happy to put you in touch with a person who is already singing in the choir. They can speak with you about their experience.
Can anyone join the choir?
Anyone can join the choir, but we encourage people to commit to the choir for a full year. An ongoing commitment to understanding and helping those with dementia and memory loss is a very important part of developing a caring community
Will this choir benefit any individual who has memory loss?
It doesn’t matter where a person is at in their dementia journey. Many families have benefited from singing in a Voices in Motion choir. Feel free to attend a couple of rehearsals and see if it’s a good fit for you.
Do I have to be involved in the research?
You don’t have to be involved in the research – it is optional. We will always respect your decision if you opt out of the research aspect of the choir.
How can I best communicate and engage people with dementia?
At the beginning of every choir semester, we provide an information and orientation session to help you be informed about best practices. Our monthly newsletter also provides great information.
Have you or a loved one been diagnosed with memory loss?
Whether you have recently been diagnosed with memory loss or you are part of a family that has been on this journey for a while, Voices in Motion invites you to become part of its joy-filled and supportive choral community.
When we sing together, amazing things happen. Stories are shared. Hearts are touched. Beauty is created. Together.
Research backs this choir. It has proven that social singing is one of the most effective and life-giving activities, offering an increased sense of well-being, cognitive function and socialization. By adding students to the mix, it is an empathetic and multigenerational group of people.
Duets (a person with dementia and their care partner, caregiver, family member or friend) attend a weekly ViM choir rehearsal comprised of an hour of singing with social interaction before and after – an hour and a half in total. A public concert is given at the end of each term (fall and spring) by each ViM choir.
Voices in Motion is on a mission to reduce stigma surrounding dementia and memory loss and spread the message that it does not define you – the people around you, who love you, tell you who you really are through their actions and words.
Voices in Motion has been an enormous source of connection for me. Both my husband and I thoroughly enjoy the singing, companionship, our director Erica, and yes, the cookies.
SUSAN-ROSE & BRAM, DUET
Are you a young person who considers themself a leader?
We believe that children, teenagers and young adults are the key to breaking down stigma and positioning our culture to become dementia-friendly.
By becoming part of a Voices in Motion choir, you are privileged to enter into a community that includes families who are on a journey together – someone special in their family has been diagnosed with dementia.
As you sing together, you’ll experience the gift of sharing in another person’s life story, learn about empathy, vulnerability, acceptance and love. You will also become knowledgeable about dementia and how best to engage people with memory loss. We’ll help you with that.
But above all – you will be changed.
You may be attending this choir in order to gain community service credits or to fulfill your high school or home school credits, or to learn whether or not you want to continue to pursue a career in music, psychology, sociology or nursing – but guaranteed you will receive a lot more than any of those things.
What you will discover is the power of what you give – a part of your heart.
Generations can learn so much from one another and that is what this choir does. It bonds us. With ViM you have another family.
KRYSTEENA, HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT
Are you wanting to add a meaningful activity to your life?
This is no ordinary choir. It includes people with memory loss, children, teenagers, young adults and people like you who live in the community, who love to sing and care deeply about other people.
In Canada, 1.1 million people are currently impacted by dementia either directly or indirectly. You probably know someone yourself.
Perhaps you know someone who has been diagnosed with dementia and want to bring them with you to a Voices in Motion choir. Or maybe you are hoping to add a meaningful activity to your life.
By joining our community of singers, you’ll watch music and science come together. We know through research what social singing does for people. We experience laughter and some tears but always a genuine and authentic community.
You can join one of the care facility ViM choirs or one of the community-based ViM choirs. What you will see and hear will surprise you. Choristers learn vocal technique and develop musical skills that make for a performance that they’re proud of.
I sang in VIM as a caregiver for my husband and then as a volunteer after he died. VIM became a heartwarming support group!