Call for “Voices of the Last Frontier” singers for the spring 2020 Chorus!


We have sadly but understandably postponed the Spring Chorus program of Voices of the Last Frontier. We will be directly contacting all who have registered. We will also work to reschedule (possible Summer session) as well as explore creative ways to engage with you. Let’s keep singing, Voices of the Last Frontier!

With deep appreciation,
Ann Farris
Voices of the Last Frontier Program Administrator

The program will be for 9 weeks this Spring. We are excited to have Choral Director Kyle Lindsey leading Voices of the Last Frontier as well as pianist Cathleen McLaughlin who will be one of our accompanists.
Check out KTUU’s story about the chorus and Ruralite.com’s article.

Who: People living with dementia, their care partners and volunteer choral friends.
What:
SING! Have fun, foster joy, well-being and stimulate your mind!

Where: To be determined.
When: Spring Chorus Rehearsals on Tuesdays, March 24-May 19 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Click here to Register NOW!

We are looking for volunteer choral friends. As part of the Giving Chrous model, volunteers from the community are given the opportunity to sing in the chorus alongside one of the singers who is living with dementia, with which we would pair you.  This allows their care partner a time to more fully participate in the singing.  It also offers up the potential for new connections for the person living with dementia.  If you are interested in volunteering, please complete an ARA Volunteer application and submit to Ann Farris, Chorus Program Administrator.  You will then be given the next steps to complete before you are able to attend the first rehearsal

Click here to start filling out a volunteer application (another form will be needed)

Further inquiries: call Ann Farris at 561-3313 or e-mail her afarris@alzalaska.org

The program is based on the Giving Voice Initiative,


More About Music and Its Effects on Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias

More about music and its effects on Alzheimer’s and related dementias.

Music is transformative for people with Alzheimer’s and related dementias (ADRD); it can trigger memories that bring a person living with dementia into a more engaged state. This may happen because when we learn music, it is stored in “procedural memory” which is used for routines and repetitive activities. When a person progresses through dementia, procedural memory is frequently left intact. Read more about the awakening effect music has on individuals experiencing ADRD here.

Watch how a chorus can provide an activity in which care partners could participate together with others and perhaps slow the inevitable cognitive decline, like it as for 82 year old Ann Hope.