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Participant Information

Karen Hesley


This essay is written on behalf of all members of the Tremble Clefs (approximately 150 people) who engage with each other in weekly vocal practice, perform for local and out-of-state audiences and, without fail, bring tremendous positive energy to this endeavor.

The effort put forth is physically and emotionally stimulating. Singing very much involves our physical beings, the respiratory, vocal and postural systems of our bodies which allow the air passing through to become voice, and ultimately a joyful or heartfelt song. This song, in turn, can profoundly affect other people in our world. We thrive on this aspect of creating such "moments in time" which enhance the lives of others.

This effort also creates power, not only to produce a song or movement to music, but also the power to present Parkinson's people in a positive light. When we sing, we are saying, "This is what we CAN do. These are our ABILITIES."

Unlike other creative arts, this is not a solitary process. Choral singing requires a communal effort in which we work toward a common goal, accomplishing together that which none of us could accomplish alone.

Many of us do not consider ourselves musicians or singers. Some of us have never created choral music before joining the group. But we share the load of producing a program and presenting our songs. And, in spite of the joking, picking each other up when we fall and making mistakes together, there is a certain reverence for each other that comes from understanding the effort and sharing the struggle. And this spirit has become a part of our creative presence.