WHEN: Wednesdays 3:30-4:45 PM September to May (first rehearsal September 21, 2022)
WHERE: Garden Room, Westminster Towers (70 West Lucerne Cir., Orlando, FL 32801)
CONCERTS: November & May
CAROL SING-A-LONG: December 3, 2022 Invite Family & Friends! All are welcome!
JOIN ORLANDO’S NEW CHOIR FOR SENIOR ADULTS
The Orlando Sings Senior Singers provides welcoming, engaging, and enriching choral experiences for people over the age of 60. We provide an authentic choral experience through engagement with high quality choral repertoire, participant preferred music, and exciting performance opportunities.
WHAT IS SENIOR SINGERS?
- A free, non-auditioned choir for singers over the age of 60.
- An opportunity to improve breathing and vocal technique through researched music therapy practices.
- A place to sing familiar tunes and experience diverse choral literature.
- A community of people with shared interests… join us!
Researchers find that seniors who sing experience:
- Higher perceived quality of life.
- Improved sense of community and social bonding.
- Reduction of symptoms related to Alzheimer’s and dementia.
- Fewer doctors visits, medications, and falls.
- Improved mental and physical health.
Katie Counts is dedicated music educator and board certified music therapist. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree in music therapy from the University of Alabama, studying under Dr. Andrea Cevasco-Trotter and Dr. Ellary Draper.
Ms. Counts first discovered her joy in teaching and serving others while working with the Tuscaloosa County High School Wildcat Choir, an adaptive choir for high school students with multiple disabilities and typically developing students. Since then, Ms. Counts has gained experience working as a music therapist in many different settings, including inclusive school music classrooms, schools for children with emotional and behavioral disorders, assisted living facilities, and multiple different medical settings.
Katie completed her Master of Arts degree in music education from the University of Alabama, studying under Dr. Andrew Minear and Dr. Marvin Latimer. During her time as a graduate student, Ms. Counts served as the assistant conductor for the University of Alabama Women’s Chorus. She also was the instructor of the University of Alabama Chamber Choir, a lab choir for undergraduate choral music education students. She had the opportunity to mentor these students on repertoire selection, teaching skills, rehearsal strategy, and conducting gesture.
Additionally, Ms. Counts has been an active church musician, serving as handbell choir director and staff singer for the First Presbyterian Church of Tuscaloosa from 2018-2020. Ms. Counts has also presented interest sessions and participated in poster sessions at the Southeastern American Music Therapy Conference. Ms. Counts is a member of ACDA, NAfME, and AMTA.