Welcome to Coulee Region Giving Hearts Choir

About Us

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I LOVE HEARING OLD SONGS I USED TO LOVE. THEY ARE LIKE MEMORIES ONE CAN ALWAYS GO BACK TO....

Engage Socially...Have Fun Together...Contribute to our Community.  We are a non-profit group for those in the early to mid stages of Memory Loss along with their Care Givers to come together & share a love of music...SING IN A CHOIR!

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SING SONGS FROM DAYS GONE BY...

The 1940's,  50's,  60's, & 70's; popular, folk, country, hymns, spirituals, patriotic, & holiday songs

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The Giving Hearts Choir experience

  • No singing experience required
  • Music Director understands singers' potential
  • Comfortable rehearsal space with easy access
  • Personalized music books 
  • Weekly rehearsals and a public performance
  • Social time for singers and volunteers

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Contact Us

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Better yet, see us in person!

Feb. 23, 2019

Concert with La Crescent's 

Apple Annies at Boot Hill Pub and Eatery  

1501 Saint Andrew St, La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601

6:00 P.M. 



April 12, 2019

Concert

A Sentimental Journey  

10:00 A.M.-11:00A .M.

Free Concert  Rasmus Center Gundersen

Reception following



Giving Hearts Choir rehearses & performs at

Gundersen Medical Center 1836 South Avenue La Crosse, Wi 54601

(608) 792-7931

Regular Friday Rehearsals at Gundersen

 Friday’s in the Rasmus or Overholt Centers: 9:20am Social Time 9:45am-10:45am Rehearsal



$30 Choir Fee per couple (Singer plus Caregiver) Fees cover music, folders, website, posters, programs for upcoming concert.

Meet

Music Director

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Jill Lawson, Luther College grad and UW-L alum has been a choral director for over 25 years. She has witnessed first hand the wonderful power of songs within her dad's dementia battles. "Even in his last days, he mouthed the words as my sons and I sang to him."

Treasurer

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Kay Bjorge

Secretary

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Kam-Lin Roswall recently lost her mother to Alzheimer's and Dementia. Music and performance was a constant in her mother’s life and was just one way to continue to communicate with her mother through her journey. Kam-Lin has been a part of the Coulee Region community for quite some time. She is an educator and theatre director in the area so she understands the importance of music performance in life.  She is currently chair for  the WHSFA Speech and Theatre Association. She lives in La Crosse with her husband, two children and rescue dog, Kona.

Thank you

Gundersen Health: Healing Arts

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 Gundersen Health's healing arts program is dedicated to helping patients get better faster through music, crafts and other artistic endeavors. 

The Giving Voice Initiative

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 Giving Voice Initiative inspires and equips choruses that bring joy, well-being, purpose, and community understanding to people with Alzheimer’s and their care partners. 

Stand In The Light Memory Choir

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 People in the early to mid stages of memory loss & their care partners come together to share their love of music in the Eau Claire area.

Donors

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This organization is grateful for your financial support, in any amount, to assist our group in providing opportunities for still growing, doing, and living while creating new memories as others fade....

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Founders

Founders and Choir members

 Jill Ahrens

Diana Cataldi 

Roger & Kay Bjorge

Jerome Boge

Russell & Sandy Brieske

Mark Cleghorn

David Lawson Sr. 

John Withers

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Affiliate of Giving Voice Initiative

 Coulee Region Giving Hearts Choir is an affiliate member of the  Giving Voice Initiative (GVI). GVI created a toolkit modeled after the Giving Voice Chorus which started in collaboration with MacPhail Center for Music in 2014. 

The Arts impact on those with Memory Loss

"The creative arts can reach even the most cognitively impaired people because they depend upon something other than the intellect. Creativity comes from somewhere beyond the intellect; it flows from an intuitive non-rational place in the body and mind, so we can tap into the creativity of everyone, no matter how much their logic or sequential memory has been disturbed."  ~ Jill Hayes