Experience How Choral Singing Improves Lives – Commissioning Music for Choir

Commissioning Music for Choir - Michael John Trotta

We surveyed over 50 choir directors to find out what they wanted to know about the commissioning process. Among the many questions, the following is a list of the top three responses, in order of importance.

Top three things choir directors want to know about commissioning new music for their choir:

  1. What is involved in the process?
  2. How will the composer interact with me and my choir?
  3. What resources do I need to take part in a commission?

You can check out the original blog post here.

This post will show how choral music allows communities to experience how choral singing improves lives.

In recent years, there have been great strides in research that show the direct, tangible, positive benefits of choral singing. One studyxi revealed that singing in a choir can:

  • Strengthen feelings of togetherness
  • Regulate heart rate
  • Reduce stress levels
  • Improve feelings of social well-being

Increase life expectancy

It is wonderful that so much good news has been coming out to support the power of music. It is one thing to be able to have a belief and experience of the power of music, but now science is proving what we already know: choral music changes lives for the better.

“Choral singing calms the heart and boosts endorphin levels. It improves lung function. It increases pain thresholds and reduces the need for pain medication, it also seems to improve your outlook, boosting mood and self-esteem while alleviating feelings of stress and depression.”xii

It is also interesting that beyond physical benefits, there are emotional and phycological benefits as well.

Singing has also been shown to improve our sense of happiness and wellbeing. Research has found, for example, that people feel more positive after actively singing than they do after passively listening to music or after chatting about positive life events.xiii

This seems to be the case regardless of natural ability. Singing in choir makes a difference, not just artistically or abstractly, but to our very body and mind, not to mention the lives of those around us.

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