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The Commons
The Arts

Spring into BMC's popular 'Singing Strong!' program for seniors

Originally published in The Commons issue #449 (Wednesday, March 7, 2018). This story appeared on page B3.

BRATTLEBORO—The Brattleboro Music Center’s popular Singing Strong! program for seniors who love to sing returns for a spring session.

The new season of Singing Strong! begins Tuesday, March 13, and sessions are scheduled from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the BMC’s Recital Hall each Tuesday through May 1. The cost is $65 for eight weekly sessions.

The program is for those who just love to sing - no auditions, requirements, or performance experience required. Says program director Susan Dedell, “We’re just people having fun, and learning a bit more about our voices along the way!”

Dedell, who is also Director of the Brattleboro Concert Choir, will lead Singing Strong! participants in songs from a variety of musical styles, mostly from the great song repertoire of the 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s.

For those who have participated before, this session includes an expanded selection of rounds, folk songs, and spirituals. As the repertoire expands, more available harmony parts will be added.

All are welcome, says Dedell. “Whether you’re a veteran choral singer or a person who just loves to sing along, singing in a group boosts the immune system, improves heart health, lowers blood pressure, and reduces stress,” she says. “Best of all, it makes you happier!”

Call the Brattleboro Music Center at 802-257-4523 for further information and to register.

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