The Bel Canto Senior Singers Program was created in 2006 to bring the increasingly documented physical, mental, emotional, and social benefits of participatory choral singing to senior citizens in the community age 55 and better.
Participants attend weekly rehearsals throughout a fall or spring semester which culminates in a concert that is open to the public and free to attend. A favorite feature of all our Senior Singers concerts is the chance for audience members to participate in various sing-a-longs.
Bel Canto Chorus has three Senior Singers groups. One of them operates out of the San Camillo Retirement Community, one rehearses and performs at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Parish in New Berlin, and our newest group will rehearse and perform at the Mequon United Methodist Church.
Some thoughts from our senior singers:
My self-esteem and trust in myself has increased with the singing of new music which challenges me. This challenge also helps me improve my memory... my breathing, posture, and small motor skills. I experience many positive emotions with the music such as joy, gratitude, and happiness.” – Nancy, New Berlin
The sense of community is very strong within the Senior Singers Choir.
I have made many new friends and feel like I am part of a team.” – Mary, New Berlin