ZOOM IT UP
Choir + ear and vocal training at each rehearsal
Improve your voice. Improve your music-reading skills. Little by little.
Yes, we will be rehearsing in preparation for our concerts (more on that below), but we will also have the added benefit of working on our voices and learning a little more about reading the notes. Our professionally trained Artistic Director, Erica Phare-Bergh, will add a bite-sized piece of learning to each rehearsal. They say it’s always good to learn a new language – here’s your chance. Music is a language!
All of our musical selections are arranged by Erica (choral arranger with Cypress Choral Music). Maybe you didn’t know that. Check out her publications here.
We are taking Zoom rehearsals up a notch!
BRING IT HOME
Rehearse at home with your family and friends
“It would be fun to sing every day!” Well, now you can! We are bringing 5 rehearsals into your home on either DVD or MP4 for your computer or through youtube on your smart TV – your choice.
Imagine, Erica leading a different rehearsal in the privacy of your own home. You could even invite a family member, a friend or a neighbour to join you in a ViM-like rehearsal. But here’s the bonus – she’ll be joined by 2 other singers. So someone will always be singing YOUR part to make it easier for you as you learn the songs.
People do yoga and Zumba workouts online or with a DVD, so why not a choral work out?
“Getting to Know You” is back by popular request this fall
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
Be part of our vim virtual early spring 2021 concert, “how can i keep from singing?”
The online concert will include our mass ViM choir, stories from our singers, latest research findings from UVic and our special guests, West My Friend.
And then, depending upon COVID restrictions, we will be holding an outdoor concert on June 6, entitled Superheroes All Around Us.
It will be FANTASTIC! Not to be missed. It will be work, but it will be worth it! Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to showcase your talents TWICE and share it with the rest of the world.
OFFER YOUR WISDOM
An opportunity to be involved in UVic research this term through ViM
No one can help people understand dementia like those with lived experience can.
You are the most important people in helping others understand the journey with dementia. This coming fall, Stuart W.S. MacDonald (Professor, Department of Psychology, expert on Cognitive Aging and the Cognitive Neuroscience of Aging), Andre P. Smith (Professor, Department of Sociology, expert on Social Gerontology), Debra J. Sheets (Professor, School of Nursing, expert on Gerontology and Geriatric Nursing) will be sharing a research project that will benefit you and others in the future. It will be optional of course, but we wanted to give you a heads-up so that you could “have a voice” in this research.
All of this will be done at your home, in your own time, and with the guidance of a research team from U Vic.
I wonder what we will discover together that can be shared with others.
KEEP IT GOING
Connect with each other and the world
Join our Facebook Lives as we continue to connect with each other and people from around the world.
To make things easier, we’ll send out the list of songs as well as the actual lyrics on Monday mornings. You can either run off the lyrics or (save some trees and printer ink) and view them on a different device. A great way to connect with your loved ones and join them online.
FRIDAY HAPPY HOUR
A social check in
Join us twice a month on Friday at 4pm for our online Happy Hour.
We’ll check in to see how everyone is doing, share a few stories, and play a few games. We can even prepare a favorite appetizer beforehand and a beverage – it’s BYOB of course!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How does an online choir work?
We use Zoom as our platform for online rehearsals. You’ll receive a link the morning of the rehearsal. You can click on that link to enter the rehearsal – it will look like “The Brady Bunch” boxes and you’ll be able to see each other. After we’ve greeted each other and caught up a little, we’ll mute the audio and our choir director will begin warm ups. We rehearse our parts and learn the music together – all in the comfort of our own homes.
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.