The challenges of the COVID-19 crisis have been especially acute for senior residents of health care facilities like those of Trilogy Health Services. Through its Live a Dream program, which helps seniors fulfill bucket list wishes, the company’s nonprofit Trilogy Foundation wanted to get residents safely engaging socially. Thus the Live a Dream Virtual Choir was born. Live a Dream Coordinator Serena Haming shares more:
How did the Live a Dream Virtual Choir come about?
We get lots of music-related requests from residents, and after thinking through the logistics, we decided that a virtual choir would help them connect with peers while doing something they love. There have been some challenges to getting everyone online, but it has all been worth it to see our residents happy and singing.
Who is in the choir, and who conducts it?
There are currently 19 choir members across Trilogy Health locations in Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan. Many of the seniors have music experience, and some just wanted to sing with others. Rachel May from Mom’s Music conducts practice virtually via Zoom every Wednesday at 2 pm. All practices are recorded and posted to YouTube, and Rachel also uploads videos to help choir members practice on their own.
What music is the choir working on?
Right now, the focus is on Christmas music — We Wish You a Merry Christmas, Joy to the World, and more. Sheet music is provided, and Rachel accompanies on the keyboard.
Is a performance planned?
Yes! Choir members are learning how to record their individual parts, which will be combined for a virtual performance December 16 on YouTube. We expect all Trilogy campuses to make time to view it together, and it will also be shared via Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
How do residents feel about being in the choir?
I think they’ve all felt the warmth of being able to come together. This opportunity has allowed us to get back to embracing the things that we love while still being mindful of each other’s health and safety.
Check out the Live A Dream Choir’s holiday performance.
P.S. The Live a Dream program demonstrates Trilogy Health’s continued commitment to exceed the expectations of our seniors and their families in everything we do. Live A Dream offers opportunities for seniors to enjoy activities that they used to do more often, but have since been unable to do. Live A Dream grants priceless experiences that encourage us all to keep our dreams alive.