Choral Singing: An Innovative Approach for Speech & Voice Disorders in Parkinson’s Disease

“Off-Key” Chorale performance scheduled for December 15, 2017

SARASOTA, FL, November 22, 2017 – What is “Off-Key” Chorale? Neuro Challenge Foundation for Parkinson’s, Inc. created a partnership in 2012 with Key Chorale, Sarasota’s Symphonic Chorus, and Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota with the support of the Sarasota Memorial Health Care Center at Clark Road.

This choral group is comprised of people with Parkinson’s, family members, and other interested persons. Led by Key Chorale’s Artistic Director, Joseph Caulkins, with live musical accompaniment by Lee Dougherty Ross, “Off-Key” Chorale provides an opportunity for people with Parkinson’s to improve and strengthen their voices through singing, and provides a fellowship activity for people whose social opportunities are often limited by this disease.

“One of my highlights each week is working with the Off-Key Chorale,” said Maestro Caulkins. “Our moto ‘No pressure, no expectations, just fun,’ is what it is all about. Making a great sound, having a wonderful time and seeing music make a difference in people’s lives in real time.”

“Off-Key” Chorale rehearses Tuesdays from 1:45pm – 2:45pm at Sarasota Memorial’s Health Care Center at Clark Road, 5880 Rand Blvd., Sarasota.
The chorale performance for this season will be held December 15th at 4:30pm at The Fountains of Hope Assisted Living & Memory Care Community, 2250 Jesus Way, Sarasota, 34240. The concert is free and open to the public.

The program is inspired by the holiday season including well-known songs like “Carol of the Bells,” “The Little Drummer Boy,” “Dona Nobis Pacem,” and “Somewhere in My Memory” from the motion picture “Home Alone.” We’ll also lead the audience in some favorites carols of the season as well.

On Friday, December 8th, catch Key Chorale’s Maestro escorting a member of the Parkinson’s community as they make their modeling debut in the annual Neuro Challenge Foundation fundraiser fashion show: Cause4Fashion! This event is held at Mattison’s by the Bay, located at 777 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center. The festivities take place from 11:30am -1:30pm.


Since its inception in 1985, Key Chorale has been performing and promoting choral music of the highest quality that embraces and supports our community. Last season, in addition to successful masterworks performances from Handel’s Alexander’s Feast to Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor, Key Chorale was catapulted onto the national stage, performing Cirque des Voix®, a collaboration with The Circus Arts Conservatory, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. at the invitation of the 2017 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Under the baton of Joseph Caulkins, now in his 11th season as Artistic Director, Key Chorale has become known for its community outreach programming, including “Off-Key Chorale,” a collaboration with the Neuro Challenge Foundation that uses choral singing as a new approach for Parkinson’s Disease, and “Tomorrow’s Voices Today,” arts in education programming that reaches hundreds of students each year. This season, Key Chorale introduces the Key Chorale Student Scholars Program, which provides qualified high school choral singers with the opportunity to sing with Key Chorale for the performance season, receive private voice lessons, participate in workshops and master classes, and more.

To schedule an interview with Maestro Caulkins, please contact Trish Ivey at or call 941.921.4845. To learn more about Key Chorale, visit our website at


Neuro Challenge Foundation for Parkinson’s is dedicated to improving the quality of life of people with Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers through ongoing education and support groups, individualized Care Advising, and referrals to community resources. To learn more please visit their website at or contact Carisa Campanella at 941-926-6413.