This Sunday, head to a winter concert in the spring, courtesy of Resounding Voices. It’s appropriate, then, that the senior choir will be joined by a group of fresh-faced youths.
Resounding Voices, a choir made of and for people with dementia and their caregivers, was looking for a way to spice things up for their March concert, Suzanne Johnson, the artistic director for Rochester’s Resounding Voices, said. So she began looking for community groups to sing with her group.
The first collaboration, on display in Sunday’s concert, is a teen choir named Arioso. And the “mutually energizing” spark from each choir, Johnson said, means she’ll likely look for other high school-aged choirs to collaborate with Resounding Voices in the future.
“It’s always a high of music bringing us together and making us feel unified,” she said. “I can see this being a really good thing in the future, again.”
Arioso is a Rochester audition-based choir comprised of home-schooled high school students. Johnson previously directed the group, and was familiar with its musical talent.
What she didn’t quite expect was the “big boost” the choirs gave each other in rehearsal – which went far beyond the uptick in energy and enthusiasm she’d seen when matching choirs of similar ages previously.
“The people in my choir are really cool and wonderful, and it’s been great to see the students say, ‘Yeah, they’re just like my grandparents,’” Johnson said. “And they’re going to get the energy of high-schoolers. It’s hard to beat.”
The choirs will sing a mix of classic songs related to “Peace, Love, (and) Joy,” the winter-spring concert’s theme. Think “Peace in the Valley,” “That’s Amore,” and “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee.”
The community is very welcome, and if you haven’t been to a Resounding Voices concert before, this one is a great place to start, Johnson said.
“These are things that have stood the test of time,” she said. “There are so many wonderful songs – it was fun to incorporate those that we all know.”