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What is Sing for Life Chorus

Sing for Life Chorus is a community choir designed for those with early to mid-stage dementia and their care partners who are living in their homes or chosen communities. Singers will be accompanied by a consistent care partner. The chorus is led by specially trained music professionals and rehearses weekly and performs public concerts several times a year.

Singers sing familiar and new music with adaptive methods and structured direction. Dementia-capable volunteers are available to assist. Sing for Life Chorus rehearsals include social time, refreshments, and a supportive environment that builds a caring community. Persons with dementia and care partners can experience joy, love, understanding and meaning through music.

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Living better with Dementia

Alzheimer’s is a progressive brain disease that impacts a person’s ability to function in their daily lives and impacts their families and communities. Choruses like Sing for Life can help people focus on their strengths and the qualities that provide a sense of well-being and belonging. Experience shows that choruses like Sing for Life can change the stigma of dementia one song at a time.

Come Join Us!

Thursdays | 10 am-Noon (Beginning September 12)
Pinnacle Presbyterian Church | Fellowship Hall
25150 N. Pima Road Scottsdale, AZ 85255

First Concert | Friday, December 6, at 7 pm
Pinnacle Presbyterian Church Sanctuary

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Meet our Director - Mr. David Allen

A native of Spartanburg, South Carolina, David currently serves as Director for Ministries in Music & Arts at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church.

Previously he served as Director of Music and Worship Arts at Kingwood United Methodist Church in Houston, TX, and as the associate conductor of EVŌK, a semi-professional chamber choir in residence at Lone Star College-Kingwood.

David holds a Bachelor of Arts in Instrumental Education from the Cline School of Music at North Greenville University and a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of South Carolina.


Sing

Join our Sing for Life Chorus. We rehearse once a week at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church and perform at least one concert each session. Singers are encouraged to join at the beginning of a session. The registration fee is$75 for each fall and spring session, and $50 for the summer session.

Volunteer

Volunteers are needed to help our chorus run smoothly with roles that include, welcome hosts and refreshment servers.  For more information, contact volunteer coordinator Pam Fischer at pfischer@pinnaclepres.org or sign up today online.

Donate

You can make a difference in the lives of those on the journey of Alzheimer’s and dementia. Your donation can help give voice to those who courageously sing or will benefit from singing. Click on the button below to donate and consider honoring or remembering a loved one.


Leadership

David Allen, Director
Dr. Ilona Kubiaczyk-Adler, Accompanist
Dr. Carolyn Snyder, Program Coordinator
Rev. Pam Fischer, Volunteer Coordinator


Committee Members

Rev. Scott Fischer
Jim Gray
Francine Hitchcock
Carol Lee Randall
Hilary Smedsrud
Mary Joy Stead
Alan Stone

Questions?

Contact our Director, Carolyn Snyder.

The Sing for Life Story

The creation of Sing For Life Chorus was inspired by the success of the Giving Voice Chorus for persons with dementia in Minneapolis, MN, founded in September 2014. Through the Giving Voice Chorus, the Giving Voice Initiative (GVI) was launched with a goal to inspire and equip organizations in the United States and around the world to build choruses for persons with dementia and their care partners.

Last fall, two winter residents from Minneapolis and the founder of GVI approached Pinnacle Presbyterian Church to host a new chorus for persons with dementia. Following a series of focus group meetings, Sing For Life was born. A choral director was selected, steering committee formed, and the Sing For Life story began.

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Sing For Life Chorus is a part of the Giving Voice Initiative (GVI). For more information about this movement, visit givingvoicechorus.org.


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