Silvertones Senior Choir -- An Outreach Program of the Larimer Chorale
Mission Statement: To provide an avenue for active and older adults to sing for joy, health and camaraderie regardless of experience and expertise. (Adopted September 2013)
Singing for Seniors is an outreach program of the Larimer Chorale that provides an avenue for active older adults to engage in recreational singing and realize their wellness and life-long learning goals. The emphasis is on camaraderie and singing for the fun of it. The senior choir formed under this program is called the Silvertones of the Larimer Chorale.
We conceived the idea for a senior choir after a city-wide "Silver Tsunami" study demonstrated the need for novel and complex recreational activities for our growing senior population. The program demonstrates that learning, making, and sharing art enriches everyone throughout their lifetime. This Artful Aging program addresses seniors’ needs for physical activity, mental stimulation, and cognitive engagement; provides an enjoyable community singing experience, fosters the realization of life-long learning goals; and encourages friendship and teamwork. The program fights ageism and raises community awareness of the proven health benefits of choral singing.
This program is meant for active adults, ages 60 and up. Participants come together for weekly rehearsals, engage in light stretching and warm-up exercises, learn good vocal technique, and practice about 10 songs per session. The exercises are designed to increase stamina and improve balance, posture, and breathing. The conductor provides or makes his own arrangements of 9-10 songs per session, all fitting a common theme and ranging in difficulty from pieces sung in unison to selections in four-part harmony. The singers even learn a song in a foreign language each session to help improve memory and articulation! Overall, the program fosters friendships and laughter. Members do not need to audition and they don't need to know how to read music. Silvertones experience the pure joy of making music.
The Silvertones meet from mid-March through mid-November, in a series of three 10-week sessions. Weekly rehearsals are on Tuesdays, from 9:30 to 11:00 AM, at Christ United Methodist Church, located at 301 E. Drake, Fort Collins. The summer 2017 session will end with an informal public performance on Tuesday, August 22. The fall session will run from September 5 to November 14. The annual Sing in the Holidays Informance will be on November 18, at Thompson Valley High School.
The Silvertones do not meet in December, January, and February. Please watch this space for our information about our Spring 2018 session and then register in advance by contacting the program's manager, Jennifer Marlowe at LCJenniferMarlowe@gmail.com or call (970) 775-4252. Dues are $30 for each 10-week session. If you cannot afford this, please ask the staff for a scholarship request form.
How is the Program Funded?
We receive a sponsorship from the AARP and grant from the City of Fort Collins Fort Fund. Member dues and community donations allow us to meet the budget. We are also grateful to the Rotary Club of Fort Collins for providing a generous grant in support of our music library.
Alice Crawford is the Larimer Chorale's accompanist and concert performer and the accompanist for the Silvertones Senior Choir. Alice is the Church Musician/Organist at Trinity Lutheran Church in Fort Collins. Alice brings with her many years of experience, having worked in larger churches in New Jersey, Oregon, Idaho, Virginia, and Colorado. She has had many opportunities to accompany and perform major choral works as pianist or organist. She earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Westminster Choir College at Ryder University, Princeton, New Jersey. Her principle instrument was the organ; her minor was in voice. Alice is also an enthusiastic hammered dulcimer player. When not playing the organ, piano, or hammered dulcimer, Alice enjoys cycling, walking, swimming, sewing, and spoiling her grandchildren.