BMC’s ‘Singing Strong’ program for older singers resumes Oct. 1

BRATTLEBORO — The Brattleboro Music Center's popular “Singing Strong” program for older singers resumes Tuesday, Oct. 1. Sessions are held Tuesdays, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., through Nov. 12. The cost is $85 for seven weeks.

No auditions or performances are required. “Singing Strong” is for people who want to have fun and learn more about their voices along the way, according to a news release.

Susan Dedell will lead a joyful hour of singing songs chosen from a variety of musical styles, including jazz standards, Broadway musicals, spirituals, folk songs, rounds, and more. Vocal exercises and tips will help participants keep and expand their ranges, enhance tone, and increase strength. Participants will also learn about the background of the songs.

“We call it 'Singing Strong' because singing - especially in a group - boosts your immune system, improves heart health, improves circulation, and best of all, makes you happier. So come and raise your voice and join the fun,” Dedell says.

As a pianist, choral director, and vocal repertoire coach, Dedell has worked with singers of all ages and levels for over three decades. She directed the BMC Concert Choir for 29 years, was rehearsal assistant to Blanche Moyse, and is a long-time member of the BMC piano faculty.

She says she loves to work with people, building skills and confidence, and delights in exploring the meaning and emotions that music communicates.

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