Aspired Choir members are finding present-day joy while singing along to songs from the past.
Volunteer choir director, Andrea, kicks off each sing-along with a rousing rendition of “Hail, Hail, the Gang’s All Here!” Arriving every-other-Tuesday, often right from work, Andrea leads the choir with the voice and heart of an angel. After Andrea’s mom, Ernie, moved to Aspired Living of Prospect Heights, Andrea started the choir as way to spend more quality time with her while sharing her singing talent—which she “gets from mom.”
“My mom was a big band singer, and she performed at the Aragon Ballroom back in the day,” says Andrea, adding, “I’ve been singing since I was three!” Today Andrea performs and competes nationally with the Choral-Aires Chorus and sings with two a cappella groups.
“Andrea’s energy and enthusiasm attracts singers, non-singers and even a gentleman to the choir,” says Megan McInerney, Aspired Living’s VIVA! Life Coordinator. The choir in an integral part of Aspired Living of Prospect Heights’s signature Encore program, which sets the stage for artistic expression, education and appreciation for residents who rarely miss a beat!
“I love to sing and am so happy to be part of this group,” says Aspired resident Dottie, who continues to pursue her vocal passion after a lifetime of performing in various choirs since grade school.
There are some very good reasons to sing the choir’s praises. Evidence shows that members reap benefits from crooning together such as sharper mental focus, increased socialization and a joyful boost in positive feelings.
Andrea sees the healing benefits firsthand in the smiles and participation of her singers. “Music puts people in a good mood by blasting those feel-good endorphins.”
Ernie is clearly one of the happiest—and proudest—choir members as she grins mid-song and points to Andrea up front and says, “That’s my daughter!”
“I just love doing this for my mom, the residents and me,” says Andrea, who admits that singing and giving back make her feel pretty darn good too.
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