Synergy: A Compassionate Community Choir
Music Therapist/Choir Director
Thanks to our generous partner, Music Heals, the Camp Kerry Society is pleased to continue with another great season of our Community Choirs which are located on the North Shore of Vancouver and in New Westminster, British Columbia. The Choirs are led by Accredited Music Therapists and Camp Kerry Team Members, Aspen Switzer and Alexina Davis – both of whom have been singing with and leading choirs for many years.
Registration is required to join but no singing experience is necessary. If you have questions or want more information prior to registration please send an email to Aspen and Alexina.
Music Therapist/Choir Director
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Frequently asked Questions & Answers
What is a Community Choir?
A choir whose purpose is to build community and create community through sharing and creating music together.
What is a Compassionate Community Choir?
The Camp Kerry Society’s mission is to create a community of compassion and support for individuals and families who are living with serious illness, grief and loss. Our Community choir is just one way in which we work towards this goal with our participants.
What happens in a typical choir session?
Each week we meet to sing together for a few hours. There are opportunities for sharing stories, for silence, for contributing song ideas and of course for just letting the power of singing together work it’s magic.
Who is the choir for?
Some of us are healing from the loss of a loved one and singing in community has become a profound source of joy and support in a very difficult time. Some of us are facing ongoing life changes, challenges and stressors (coping with an illness or chronic health issues, caring for a loved one with an illness, and/or coping with PTSD, anxiety, depression) and singing helps us deal better with the stress that change brings. Hospice volunteers, health care professionals and others who wish to stand in solidarity and support with those who grieve or those who face health challenges are also in attendance. The choir strives to create a deeply safe space for people from all walks of life to come together and share in the joy of singing.
What kind of music does the choir sing?
Generally, we focus on songs that help connect with the complex emotion of grief and also the joy that is experienced from building connections through music and community. Choir members are invited to share their favourite songs and collectively the group decides which pieces to focus on. At the end of each term, we typically have a final concert to share our hard work with family, friends and others in the community.
Do I have to be a good singer to join the choir?
All are welcome to attend and absolutely no singing experience is required. In fact, most of our members have never sung before. The music therapist will support and lead each member in freeing his or her voice through learning and creating music that is rich and meaningful while also simple enough for new singers to sing with great success.
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