October 22, 2020
Stand in the Light Memory Choir is tuning up for fall showcase
Phoebe Murray - WEAU, Eau Claire, WI
The Mighty Mouse Theme song is in the works for the choir’s now virtual showcase November 19. “I thought you know, Mighty Mouse because that’s kind of what we did, we just all stepped in to save the day,” says Reitz.
Cathy Reitz, director of Stand in the Light Memory Choir says this group of singers is by far her most humbling choir. “We talk about the magic of music and we talk about how powerful music is and how it creates these bonds and every week I see that happen, I see that magic even in the virtual rehearsals,” Reitz says.
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.
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.
January 24, 2020
Stand in the Light Memory Choir creates new musical memories
for those suffering from memory loss
Parker Reed, Chippewa Herald