Seeing friends from the Bellingham Community Chorus was so wonderful. It felt as though it was just yesterday when we parted ways after our May Concert. Oh, I have missed those Tuesday night rehearsals when we all get together from every part of the county, but with one common goal in mind...to make beautiful music together. If you have never been a part of a musical ensemble, then you have missed out on one of the most unique experiences I have ever had the privilege to be a part of.
Fall brings us back together again and friendships are picked up right where we left off. New friends join us and begin the journey down that path to a finished project that results in making us and our audiences happier and healthier.
Yes, I did just say healthier. The research is our there folks. Music, and even more so singing in a choir, can help you become a healthier and happier person. To quote Chorus America.org, "Greater civic involvement, discipline, and teamwork are just a few of the attributes fostered by singing with a choral ensemble". Another great publication, Science Daily, states, "Singing in a choir for just one hour boosts levels of immune proteins in people affected by cancer, reduces stress and improves mood, which in turn could have a positive impact on overall health, a new study has found". These, like so many other published research documents prove that singing is and should be something everyone participates in for their health. I'm so glad that I do.