In the main activity room at Heisinger Bluffs, a small group of residents and staff gather around the community piano once a month with a single purpose — to share a love of music.
“Once more, from the top!” calls Kelly Copeland, a local musician and the volunteer director of the Heisinger Bluffs choir. Made up of amateur vocalists, the group is fast becoming the voice of the community through their performances around campus.
“I’ve always loved music,” said resident Helen Schroeder. “I’ve never been part of something like this. I’m really loving it!”
In December, the group performed for the residents of St. Joseph’s Bluffs as part of a holiday party. For some participants, it was their first time singing in front of an audience. “I get a lot of people who tell me, ‘I can’t do that, I can’t sing…’,” says Activity Director Nina Meeks. “Being part of the choir isn’t about skill; all you have to do is make a joyful noise. And to have fun!”
And the choir does just that. Smiles are the common denominator among the members, who range in ages from their mid 30s to their early 90s. “I’m really loving this,” says Paula Lee, the community nurse leader from St. Joseph’s Bluffs. “We sound great, but it has more to do with the heart than the voice.”