We’re delighted to announce the formation of a Parkinson’s Choir that will meet at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia. The Shenandoah Conservatory will host us in the Ruebush Building (attached to the Ohrstrom-Bryant Theatre)(http://www.su.edu/campus-maps/) in Room 146.

We have the opportunity to conduct exciting research into the beneficial effects of group music therapy on vocal strength and emotional wellbeing. Because of administrative and institutional requirements, we won’t be able to initiate the Parkinson’s Choir research project in earnest until January of 2015.

In the meantime, we’re pleased to invite you to participate in a six-week pilot study during September and October of 2014. We will form our choir and explore the music and goals that would appeal to our singers. This will provide the information necessary to obtain institutional approval for the complete research study and will aid us in applying for grant support.

The 2014 dates of the Parkinson’s Choir meetings are September 4, 11, 18, 25 and October 2 and 9 (all are Thursdays, from 10-10:50am).

We will gladly welcome any new members each week, but ideally you will join us for all six meetings.

All of us at New Leaf Music Therapy would like to thank Cheryl Reames of the Greater Winchester Area Parkinson’s Support Group for her vision and the advocacy that has led us to this wonderful opportunity to serve the Parkinson’s community of the Shenandoah Valley and West Virginia.

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