LOVE NOTES CHORUS, sponsored by Music Memories Austin, is Austin’s first choir dedicated to providing those with early stage memory loss, their care partners, and volunteers an opportunity to perform and share the joy of music in a community setting.
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Love Notes Chorus (LNC) Austin’s first Alzheimer's choir, under the auspices of Music Memories Austin, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is reaching out to engage those with Alzheimer's whose activities have been minimized due to Covid. Because of generous funding through a grant from the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, LNC is able to offer free weekly ZOOM sing-a-longs on Mondays from 10-11 AM for those with memory loss, their care partners, and a group of volunteers. Each virtual ZOOM gathering includes physical and vocal warm-up exercises, singing familiar songs together, exploring each song’s history, and sharing a story or memory sparked by the songs. We are hoping to include more people not only in our virtual Zoom sing-a-longs, but also at a later date in future choral performances when it is safe to gather again! (It is important to note that participants will need a device with which to connect to ZOOM; and for those with memory loss, assistance from a care partner may be necessary.) For those interested or wanting more information, please contact Edie Elkjer (Musical Director) and Susie Higley (Administrative Coordinator) via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call Love Notes Chorus at (512) 797-4465.
For more information regarding Love Notes Chorus please visit our website: lovenoteschorus.com
Music Memories Austin, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) under the direction of Edie Elkjer, and her business partner, Susie Higley, began facilitating workshops three years ago at Memory Powered by Active Connections (MPAC), St. Matthew’s respite care for people with Alzheimer’s.
Realizing the tremendous impact of music on people suffering from this debilitating disease, Edie and Susie were inspired to learn more about Giving Voice Chorus, a chorus made up of persons with Alzheimer’s, their caregivers, and volunteers which began in Minneapolis/St. Paul. This encouraged Edie and Susie to launch Love Notes Chorus (LNC) in September 2019.
LNC is made up of the ideal ratio recommended by Giving Voice of one-third persons with varying stages of Alzheimer’s, one-third caregivers, and one-third volunteers.
Visit the Love Notes Chorus website for more information on the choir and how to join.