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Choir singers could save the world!

A recent report from the US National Endowment for The Arts looked at patterns of civic and social engagement among ‘art goers’. It found that 65 per cent of adults who sang in choirs did voluntary or charity work and 60 per cent attended community meetings. ‘These rates not only exceed the national averages, but they also surpass volunteer and community meeting rates reported by performing arts and art museum attendees,’ says Ann Meier Baker, CEO and president of Chorus America.

Click here to read the Chorus Impact study

Streetwise Opera @ Sing-posium

Hosted by Jonathan Welch

Recently I was fortunate enough to participate in a 3 day Sing-posium hosted by Jonathan Welch from The Choir of Hope and Inspiration (previously known as the choir of hard knocks).  We were privileged to have JJ facilitate and demonstrate one of her methods in an interactive session.  This is based around a scene from La Boheme, where we made up all the vocals on the spot, using a chord progression from the original score.  The whole thing took about 20 minutes to construct.  Have  a listen for yourself and enjoy the magic!

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Damaged brains rewired by singing…..

Check out this article posted by David Gutierrez, staff writer for Natural News on Wednesday, July 07, 2010

http://www.naturalnews.com/029150_brain_damage_singing.html

Singing ‘Rewires’ Damaged Brain

BBC News article, 21 February 2010

BBC NEWS

By Victoria Gill
Science reporter, BBC News, San Diego

Teaching stroke patients to sing “rewires” their brains, helping them recover their speech, say scientists.

See full story at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8526699.stm

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David Attenborough: Why do we sing?

Evolutionary theory says that physical characters develop because they’re needed.

Birds sing to advertise sex. But what is the need for humans to be able to sing as we do?

David Attenborough describes some of the animals which have complex song and seeks to explain why humans sing and are attracted to song singers and music.

http://www.abc.net.au/rn/scienceshow/stories/2010/2805176.htm