Singing as Transformational Practice: From Hospice to Prisons
What role can singing play in life-altering events? Traditionally, song has been part of celebrations of marriage and birth, woven into the process of dying, and used to mark other periods of change. We have lost much of this relationship to song, but Mary Cohen and Rhonda Miller both use singing to help people who are in periods of transformation--Cohen as director of the Oakdale Community Choir, a combined group of men incarcerated at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center and female and male community members, and Miller as a music therapist at Iowa City Hospice. They will talk about their experience of the power of song.