This new choir, begun in 2019, provides positive and joyful experiences for those living with memory loss and their care partners. WAMK Chorale is a collaboration between Key Chorale and Jewish Family and Children’s Services of the Suncoast. Two eight-week sessions are planned for each year, led by Maestro Caulkins with the assistance of Key Chorale volunteer singers. The group explores the potential of people living with memory loss to experience renewed purpose, learning, friendships, and happiness. More than 30 singers participated in the inaugural semester and found the sessions uplifting, fulfilling and fun as well as an important part of their memory care.
Each semester Mr. Caulkins creates a unique curriculum of vocal exercises, breathing exercises, and musical selections around a theme which concludes with an end of session performance for friends and family.
For more information, contact Katie at JFCS at 941-366-2224 ext 123.
“Key Chorale has provided a unique opportunity to enhance the lives of persons with memory loss and their caregivers with the creation of the Where Are My Keys? Chorale. Under the expert guidance of Key Chorale’s Maestro Joseph Caulkins, the group meets weekly to enjoy an hour of singing favorite and familiar tunes. The 30 + participants raise their voices with smiles and energy. There is a feeling of real accomplishment at the end of every session; the power of this music connection is a gift to all.” Pam Baron, JFCS Director of Senior Services
With support from the Isermann Family Foundation
COME TOGETHER CHOIR – ONLINE CHORAL REHEARSALS
Key Chorale launched their Come Together Choir Online Choral Rehearsals in March 2020. Since then more than 600 singers from all over the country have registered and participated. The first two volumes have had more than 6,000 views to date. Key Chorale launched their 3rd installment of Come Together Choir – Online Choral Rehearsals in spring 2021. This outreach isn’t just for local singers, but can be experienced by anyone, anywhere in the country via Key Chorale’s YouTube channel.
These episodes are shot from the perspective of the choir, focused on Artistic Director Joseph Caulkins as he guides 10 singers and YOU through each fun rehearsal. Every episode builds on the previous one, giving you a sense of accomplishment and of being right there. Although this is not an interactive experience, the project is conceived to give the feel of being right there as a singer in the choir. So turn up the volume and sing your heart out with the Come Together Choir!
VOLUME 1: “SIDE BY SIDE” includes a wide range of music from Americana, to the Broadway stage, to gospel and even the Beatles. You’ll learn well-known songs like This Land is Your Land, Friendship, When I’m Sixty-Four, This Little Light of Mine, and more. Volume 1 premiered in the spring of 2020. All 6 recorded episodes are available to view NOW on Key Chorale’s YouTube channel – CLICK HERE
VOLUME 2 – “THE TIMES THEY ARE A CHANGIN’” celebrates music from the folk era of the 50s and 60s. You’ll learn 11 great songs including If I Had a Hammer, Blowin’ in the Wind, Down by the Riverside, We Shall Overcome, California Dreamin’ and more. Volume 2 premiered in the fall of 2020. All 8 recorded episodes are available to view NOW on Key Chorale’s YouTube channel – CLICK HERE
VOLUME 3 – “TOO DARN HOT! The Music of Cole Porter” includes music from the Great American Songbook. Participants will learn well-known songs like Anything Goes, Night and Day, Another Op-‘nin’, Another Show, You’re the Top, and more. Volume 3 premiered in the spring of 2021. All 8 recorded episodes are available to view NOW on Key Chorale’s YouTube channel – CLICK HERE
What to do to get started?
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER and fill out the short form. We will email you copies of either the lyrics or music for any of the 3 volumes. Print your copies, or view them from another device, and get ready to sing your hearts out while practicing social distancing from the convenience of your own phone, tablet or computer.