April 23, 2021


Memory Choir hosts virtual showcase April 29

Katie Phernetton - WQOW

The Stand in the Light Memory Choir is making sure that the healing power of music can still be felt, even if it's virtually. Cathy Reitz, the choir's director joined News 18 Daybreak to talk about their spring showcase and how you can attend virtually. The showcase is Friday April 29. Click here for more information.

April 15, 2021


Stand in the Light Memory Choir holds first in-person rehearsal since March 2020

By Molly Gardner

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -For over a year, a local choir has practiced virtually due to the pandemic, and Thursday they were able to hold their first in-person rehearsal ahead of a virtual showcase. Stand in the Light Memory Choir held a rehearsal in the parking lot of Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd Thursday morning. The choir has held all of their rehearsals on Zoom since March 12, 2020. Musical Director Cathy Reitz says about half of the choir attended in person, with the other half on Zoom and despite a few technical difficulties it was a successful rehearsal.  

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April 15, 2021

Standing in the Light Memory Choir meets for the first time

in over a year

By Spencer Kristof

Eau Claire (WQOW) - After more than a year without seeing each other in person, the Standing in the Light Memory Choir held its first in-person rehearsal Thursday. The group provides a community for those suffering from memory loss and their caregivers. The choir met this morning at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd to rehearse their music.

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Dec 27, 2020

Memory choir hosts virtual showcase after year of ups and downs

Felicity Bosk - WQOW

Despite the hurdles created by the pandemic, the local Stand in the Light Memory Choir has made adjustments to make sure those struggling with memory loss are still gifted with the help of music.

Sunday night was its virtual showcase, something music director Cathy Reitz said has been an incredible journey.  "It's been wild, really it's been a wild experience," she said.

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December 18, 2020

Stand in the Light joins Hopefest 360° on New Year's Eve

Dunn County News

Stand in the Light Memory Choir of Eau Claire will be a featured voice during the worldwide Hopefest 360° event Dec. 31 through Jan. 1.

The Choir will also close out 2020 with a Facebook Live Event at 7 p.m. on Dec. 27. We invite the public to join us for this inspiring event as we celebrate and showcase our first semester as a virtual memory choir. Hopefest 360° will be broadcast around the world for free via YouTube, non-stop on New Year’s Eve and day. Over two dozen recording artists, plus hundreds of voices from around the globe, including Stand in the Light Memory Choir, will lift you up with their messages and their music. During 2020, the world has been disrupted in an unprecedented way. The global pandemic and its cascading effects have led us to unprecedented challenges, both socially and economically. Join SITLMC to welcome in the New Year as the clock strikes midnight around the world. Enjoy this virtual Event on demand whenever you want from wherever you are. Go to Hopefest 360° website https://www.bizcatalyst360.com/hopefest-360 to reserve your access today.

November 3, 2020


Stand in the Light Memory Choir continues to sing on

Chippewa Herald

Stand in the Light Memory Choir of Eau Claire, now in its fifth season, has found a way in the middle of the pandemic to continue its mission.  The mission uses the power of singing to move people with memory loss and their care partners to rediscover themselves, make friends, laugh together and contribute to their community.

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.

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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.

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