Singing as Transformational Practice: From Hospice to Prisons

Can singing help us to heal and even transform ourselves? And how does singing with others differ from singing alone? Rhonda Miller, a music therapist at Iowa City Hospice, sings with and to people in their final days and can attest to the power of voice, while Mary Cohen (Music, CLAS) leads the Oakdale Community Choir and is currently writing about the effects of choirs and music programs in incarcerated settings. Join them in a conversation about the ability of song to enrich and even change us. 

October 19, 2016, 4:00-5:00 pm, Iowa City Public Library

Watch the ICPL's video of this conversation: 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 4:00pm
Iowa City Public Library, Room A
Linn Street
Iowa City, IA 52240

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.