According to a couple of postdoctoral researchers in experimental psychology from the University of Oxford, singing in a choir boosts health and happiness. See below for some specifics.
- Music making exercises the brain as well as the body, but singing is particularly beneficial for improving breathing, posture and muscle tension.
- There’s also some evidence to suggest that music can play a role in sustaining a healthy immune system, by reducing the stress hormone cortisol and boosting the Immunoglobin A antibody.
- Singing has also been shown to improve our sense of happiness and wellbeing. Improved mood probably in part comes directly from the release of positive neurochemicals such as β-endorphin, dopamine and serotonin.
- Increasing evidence suggests that our social connections can play a vital role in maintaining our health. So it’s possible that singing can improve health by expanding our social group.
So, do something beneficial for yourself and others and join one of our choirs. We welcome students, faculty, and staff; all who make a joyful noise but may not necessarily read music. A snapshot of each choir is below. More information may be found here. Students may register for the unauditioned ensembles; faculty and staff should email me if they would like to participate. Either way, if you have any questions, please get in touch with me.
Max Noah Singers: MNS is a choral organization made up of select singers with an emphasis on the study and performance of a variety of literature from madrigals and motets to the avant garde. MNS is open by audition to all members of the university community. Auditions are August 21-23 and you may get more information and sign up for a time here. Past MNS members should audition on Monday to leave later times for new auditionees. MNS takes a performance, recruiting, and outreach tour each year. MNS will do an in-state tour this December. MNS rehearses three times a week, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 12-12:50 p.m., in Porter 304.
The Cat's Meow: TCM is Georgia College’s newest choral organization made up of 12 to 16 select singers focusing on the study and performance of popular contemporary music in the collegiate a cappella style. TCM performs music similar to the groups featured on NBC's The Sing-Off or the movie Pitch Perfect. The group is open by audition to all members of the university community. If you have any questions about The Cat's Meow, would like to audition, or book a performance, please contact Stephen Hutchings at firstname.lastname@example.org.
University Chorus: UC is a non-auditioned choral organization focusing on the study and performance of music of all periods and styles and is open to all members of the university community. Students who enjoy singing are encouraged to join regardless of major or music-reading skills. UC will perform Orff's Carmina Burana this fall with two pianos and percussion. UC rehearses twice a week, Tuesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., in Porter 304.
Women's Ensemble: WE, open to all members of the university community who sing in the treble range, is a non-auditioned choral organization focusing on the study and performance of music of all periods and styles specifically for treble voices. All treble singers who enjoy singing are encouraged to join regardless of major or music-reading skills. WE rehearses twice a week, Tuesday and Thursday from 2-3:15 p.m., in Porter 304. If you have any questions about WE, feel free to email Dana.Gorzelany@gcsu.edu.