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News Release - Queen’s University researchers respond to a critical need with unique music program Rise, Shine, Sing!

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Kingston - The Accessible and Inclusive Music Theatre project, led by Queen’s researchers Julia Brook and Colleen Renihan, is embarking on its second year of investigating how the participation in an accessible online music and movement program can improve well-being and foster creativity, particularly among older adults.  

The first year of the program Rise, ShineSing! included three weeks of in-person sessions at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts which saw sessions of 50 people in the rehearsal hall, singing and moving together, followed by 12 weeks of online sessions over Zoom.

After moving online due to the pandemic, Drs. Brook and Renihan decided to continue the program, based on its early success.

The second year of the program includes participants from outside of Kingston including some people from long-term care homes, recognizing the need in this community for interaction, connection, and artistic stimulation, especially during COVID-19. During each weekly session, participants engage in a series of vocal and movement warm-ups, and sing and dance to a repertoire of folk, musical theatre, and popular hits. 

We came together as a team to consider what a collaborative approach to these wicked problems of ageism in music theatre, loneliness, and a lack of understanding about the creative potential of people throughout the lifespan could yield."
- Colleen Renihan, Dan School of Drama and Music

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