Engaging with music, whether that means listening to it or performing it, has been shown to have numerous health benefits including stress reduction, improved cognition, reduced anxiety, and elevated moods. Artistic Director Jeanne Kelly founded Encore Creativity for Older Adults in 2007 to give singers age 55 and older a chance to perform music that’s carefully selected to make them sound great. Encore’s operations have been greatly affected by COVID-19, but starting July 6, they’re offering “Encore University – Summer School” online to give singers a chance to learn about genres including classical, jazz, rock, and Motown as well as opportunities to improve vocal technique and other skills. Earlier this week, I spoke with Ms. Kelly about Encore’s mission and the importance of staying connected.
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