VocalEssence Elder Learning programs interactively explore featured music on select VocalEssence concerts.
Since 2006, VocalEssence has partnered with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Minnesota, a membership-based community of older adults in the Twin Cities metropolitan area who love learning and enjoy spending time with like-minded individuals.
VocalEssence proudly introduces Choral Pathways, a remarkable new program designed to enrich the appreciation of choral music and the arts for older adults in assisted living homes across the Twin Cities metro. The Choral Pathways mission is to identify and overcome barriers to participation that many older adults experience, including cost, transportation and the opportunity for quality arts programming.
More than 300 residents and community members will attend two VocalEssence concerts during the 2012-13 season, in addition to exploring the legacies of the featured composers and artists.
During the 2013-14, 45th Anniversary Season, VocalEssence will continue the Choral Pathways program in partnership with Lyngblomsten and the Sabathani Community Center Senior Center Program, while continually seeking funding opportunities to expand its work with many other older-adult communities across the Twin Cities metro area.
Additionally, VocalEssence is proud to announce being selected to participate in a year-long partnership with ArtSage, a catalyst in the field of arts and aging, who will provide training for both artists and arts organizations, consulting services and resources in the field of arts and aging. Our three-member team will attend four professional development training sessions throughout the year, hosted by ArtSage, to learn about the aging process, in addition to receiving mentorship and additional resources to create fun and engaging program activities for the older adult community.