created at: 2011-10-26Recently the JF&CS Parkinson’s Family Support program dance class hosted two inspiring visitors whose efforts are at the forefront of spreading the gospel about the impact that the arts can have on health. One visitor came from the Pacific coast and the other from across the pond in Liverpool, England.

Karen Hesley, one of the two visitors to our dance class, founded the first Tremble Clefs choral singing group for people with Parkinson’s disease in Arizona years ago. She knew that combining the joy of singing with the vocal challenges of Parkinson’s disease had the potential to treat the voice and the spirit. There are now 13 groups in North America. The JF&CS Tremble Clefs is the only choral group for people with Parkinson’s disease in New England. Our choral conductor, maestro Marilyn Okonow, met with Karen after class, and we look forward to future collaboration.

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