Singing For Seniors

Since 2005, the Choral Society’s Singing for Seniors program has held two festivals annually. Artistic Director Thomas Lloyd invited the late Helen Kemp, emeritus professor of Westminster Choir College and then conductor of a resident choir at The Manor of Yorktown in Jamison to join him in establishing a new program to support senior singers and the growing number of senior choirs in our region. Since the first festival, over 3000 seniors have participated.

Helen Kemp was fond of saying, “You don’t stop singing because you grow old; you grow old because you stop singing.” And, it has been shown that singing into one’s golden years promotes emotional, physical, and mental vitality. All senior communities are encouraged to form choirs with this concept in mind. Whether you sing with a newly formed choir, one in existence for decades, are part of an organized choir, retirement community, or on your own, all senior singers are encouraged to attend.

Following Helen Kemp’s retirement from conducting (at age 94!) the festival has featured numerous guest clinicians. During the Choral Society’s 2018-2019 Season, the guest clinicians were Andrew Monath (Westminster Choir College graduate and choir director at numerous churches), and Susan Johnson (Choral Society Soprano Section leader and choir director at Pine Run Community).

The Choral Society’s Singing for Seniors program has been nationally recognized through Chorus America, the choral industry’s national association. Singing for Seniors festivals are held once in the fall and once in the spring. Anyone interested in providing volunteer help and is part of any Bucks and Montgomery County senior center or community seeking more information can contact our event organizers (listed under Latest Event News on this page).

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