August 28, 2020

The beat goes on for Stand in the Light Memory Choir​


Music inspires us, moves us and connects us. And for those suffering with memory loss, studies have shown that music can provide emotional and behavioral benefits. It can help those affected be able to recall memories, express emotion and enhance their mental performance. To sum it up: music helps heal.

For years The Stand in the Light Memory Choir has been doing just that. The choir, made up of people suffering from memory loss and their care-givers gives them all a place to connect and feel less alone. But once the pandemic hit and rehearsals had to stop, the choir had to press pause and figure out a way to keep the power of music and the power of togetherness alive and well in their group.

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July 27, 2020

Stand in the Light Memory Choir keeps singing during pandemic

By Sarah Winkelmann, EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU)



A unique choir in the Chippewa Valley provides a place to sing for people with early to mid-stages of dementia.  The Stand in the Light Memory Choir is not able to meet in person anymore, but they are going to keep singing.

The choir had to stop rehearsal in March, but later realized they needed to stay in contact with the group. Just last week, the choir got back together and they hosted their first virtual practice on zoom. There were about 35 people that joined in to sing and also just catch up with the group.

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January 24, 2020

Stand in the Light Memory Choir creates new musical memories

for those suffering from memory loss

Parker Reed, Chippewa Herald

A local choir is doing its best to live in the present and provide new memories for those who may not be able to hold onto their old ones.

The Stand in the Light Memory Choir is a choral group based in the Chippewa Valley that pairs those living with memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease or dementia with members of the community. The group performs two concerts annually, with its next performance at 6:30 p.m Thursday, April 23, at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd.  Cathy Reitz, choral director of the Stand in the Light Memory Choir, started the group in the fall of 2016 after her sister passed away from frontal lobe dementia.

She said a video of a similar group in Minneapolis (The Giving Voice Choir) performing showed her how much of a benefit having a similar group in the Chippewa Valley could be. She said it helps those suffering from memory loss find a part of themselves again.

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