Our Music Department is always recruiting new members for the Chancel Choir and the Handbell Choir. While the ability to read music is helpful, it is not required. There have been a lot of studies recently that revealed the many benefits of singing in a choir. Best-selling books, magazines, newspapers, journal publications, online articles, and broadcasts from National Public Radio have presented amazing scientific evidence far beyond the long-recognized benefits for infants when exposed to classical music while still in-utero. It is amazing how many life-long advantages are derived from exposure to the arts and music in particular.
Stacy Horn's book Imperfect Harmony: Finding Happiness While Singing With Others, published by Algonquin Books tells us that music is awash with neurochemical rewards for working up the courage to sing. That rush, or “singer's high,” comes in part through a surge of endorphins, which at the same time alleviate pain. Research shows that singing generates prolactic, which has a tranquilizing, consoling effect. Researchers discovered that a choir singing Mozart's Requiem showed an increase in s-IgA, an immunoglobulin that enhances our immune defense. Luckily, the Pink Church Choir has programmed the Mozart piece for our big Spring concert with full orchestra!!!
While any singing has rewards, there are reasons you should join the choir rather than simply singing in the shower and leaving it at that. Studies have found that group singing releases oxytocin, a chemical that manages anxiety and stress and, according to McGill University professor Daniel Levitin, enhances feelings of trust and bonding. It doesn't even matter if we can sing well. Investigators found that group singers experienced the same benefits even when “the sound produced by the vocal instrument is of mediocre quality”.
So… Even if you don’t sing like our soloists, Neil Nelson or Brian Ricci,
we can find a place for you and we would love for you to
reap these benefits just the same by joining our choir!
When the voices of the singers surrounding you hit your ears, you’ll be bathed in dopamine, a neurotransmitter in the brain that is associated with feelings of pleasure and alertness. Music also lowers cortisol, a chemical that signals levels of stress.
SO WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?
It’s time to sign up for the choir! Your good health depends on it!