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We look forward to singing with you this fall!


 

Stay tuned for announcements of events for 2024-2025!

 

NKCC Board of Directors
Carl Schutte, president
Tracy Clark
Ashley Gribbins
Michael Kleier
Sterling Pratt
Patty Schaeper

Stephanie Nash, Artistic Director

 


This Season’s Events


Thank you for attending our concerts and events this season:

September 30, 2023: Come & Sing: Vivaldi’s Gloria

November 12, 2023: Veteran’s Day Ceremony at Highland Cemetery

November 18, 2023: Same Texts…New Tunes concert

December 8, 2023: Come & Sing: Messiah

March 16, 2024: Blessed are They concert

March 23, 2024: Defiant Requiem with Columbus Indiana Philharmonic Orchestra

April 6, 2024: Come & Sing: Schubert’s Mass in G Major

 

Singing in a chorus is good for you

“ The physiological benefits of singing, and music more generally, have long been explored. Music making exercises the brain as well as the body, but singing is particularly beneficial for improving breathing, posture and muscle tension. Listening to and participating in music has been shown to be effective in pain relief, too, probably due to the release of neurochemicals such as β-endorphin (a natural painkiller responsible for the “high” experienced after intense exercise).

  

There’s also some evidence to suggest that music can play a role in sustaining a healthy immune system, by reducing the stress hormone cortisol and boosting the Immunoglobin A antibody.   Music has been used in different cultures throughout history in many healing rituals, and is already used as a therapy in our own culture (for the relief of mental illness, breathing conditions and language impairment, for example). Everyone can sing – however much we might protest – meaning it is one of the most accessible forms of music making, too. Song is a powerful therapy indeed.

  

Regular choir members report that learning new songs is cognitively stimulating and helps their memory, and it has been shown that singing can help those suffering from dementia, too. The satisfaction of performing together, even without an audience, is likely to be associated with activation of the brain’s reward system, including the dopamine pathway, which keeps people coming back for more.”

   Jacques Launay, Postdoctoral Researcher in Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford.


That first breath that a choir or orchestra takes together, a breath filled with focus, intention and emotion, a breath unified for no other reason than to make something beautiful together… that is the reason we do what we do.

— Eric Whitacre, American composer