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 in Senior Singers attend weekly rehearsals throughout fall and spring semesters. Each of these semesters culminates in a concert that is free and open to the public. 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 four 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, the third group rehearses and performs at the Crossroads Presbyterian Church in Mequon, and our newest group is for the residents of Saint John's On The Lake.
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