In 2000, Kate Munger of Inverness, California, founded the first of what she thought would be primarily local Bay Area Threshold Choirs for women who are called to sing at the bedsides of people in need. Today there are over 100 Threshold Choir chapters across the U.S. and beyond, including co-ed and male choirs. Learn more about the Threshold Choir movement.
Threshold Choirs honor the ancient tradition of singing at the bedsides of people who are struggling: some with living, some with dying. The voice, as the original human instrument, is a true and gracious vehicle for compassion and comfort.
When invited, small groups of 2 or 3 singers visit the bedsides of people who are sick, dying, or in a coma. Music is chosen to respond to each client's musical taste, spiritual direction, and physical capacity. Songs might include rounds, chants, lullabies, hymns, spirituals, and classical choral music. The choir will visit a client on an ongoing basis, as long as necessary for healing, comfort or transition.
The Threshold Singers at Indian Hill Music started in the fall of 2007 after two staff members read an article
about Munger in "Real Simple" magazine and were inspired to bring such a group to the East Coast. The choir is a way for singers to express gratitude for the rich gift of singing in their lives, offer their voices in unique and rewarding service, and bring together a community that knows that true service heals everyone.
Threshold Singers members will visit bedsides only when invited by a client or a client's family or caregivers.
The service is provided free of charge to the client. Please contact Threshold Singers Administrative Coordinator Suzanne Buell (831) 206-4260 for more information about arranging a bedside visit.
New members are always welcome -- and hospice experience is not required. Our group of female and male singers, both amateur and professional, meets on the first and third Wednesdays of each month from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Please contact Threshold Singers Administrative Coordinator Suzanne Buell (831) 206-4260 for more information.
"That was the most beautiful night. Such a peace came over the whole house and I know Mama really enjoyed your voices. Thank you for taking time out of your busy days to come and sing at her bedside. We will forever be grateful."
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