“Chorus is the least stressful time of my week. Just spending this time and singing together with my singer friends is a real joy!” – Martina, chorus member
The act of singing has a powerful ability to heal and to nurture self-confidence. There are many stories among our members that can attest to this. An online search of the benefits of singing will find there are many, from lowered stress to increased aerobic capacity to strengthening the immune system to improved mood. Singing is said to be good for the brain since there is right and left brain activity at the same time with words and music. So sing more!
But participation in a choir brings additional rewards. Researchers found that members of a choir had their heart rates beat in unison in relation to the speed of their breathing. Now that is oneness! Other studies have shown that group singing boosts oxytocin levels, which help control stress and anxiety. Others found choral singing to be beneficial for social wellbeing and satisfaction with life. And of course there are the feelings of belonging to a group, of being needed (“Oh, we can’t do this song without that low middle single note!”).
As some of our members say:
“This is my first season with BWC & I have never met so many kind and welcoming people in my entire life.” – Lori
“Singing has the ability to instantly transport me to a place of spiritual bliss. Sharing this with 80 to 100 other women, who are also singing from their hearts, is just as about as good as life gets!” – Paula
“The culture in this chorus is so kind and caring. It makes me so happy to be part of this group.” – Vivian
Christiane Northrup, MD says in her book, “Making Life Easy”:
“I have often said that community equals immunity. And it’s true. All humans thrive on real connection, acceptance, and intimacy. Our bodies are profoundly affected by our interactions with those closest to us – our tribes. We are herd creatures, and with few exceptions, we do best, physically, emotionally, and spiritually, when we are part of a tribe that values us.
“ Finding your Soul family is a process, bit it’s so worth it in the end. The way to find your people is to start by asking yourself the following: ‘What am I interested in? What have I always wanted to know more about? Or to see and experience? What have I always wanted to try?’ And then let this truth be your guide: That which you are seeking is also seeking you.”