The Isolated Brain and What It Needs
Thursday May 13, 2021
7 – 8:30 p.m.
Presenter: Erica Phare-Bergh
Topic: The impact of social isolation on our mental health and well-being has become a subject of great concern during COVID. Those who are grieving are further impacted by diminished opportunities for community support. Loneliness is a prevailing part of people’s lives.
Online music and virtual performances have provided messages of hope for many during COVID. But is listening to music enough? Could there be more? What could this mean for you and those whom you serve?
In this workshop you will learn…
…why we need to be aware of the implications of “the isolated brain”
…what social singing (even online) does that is important
…why singing is a super-stimulus that everyone can participate in and why it needs to be taken seriously
Come and see for yourself the benefits of singing together. For 90 minutes, you’ll get to experience what it’s like to be part of an online choir in this live music event, led by professional choral conductor Erica Phare-Bergh.
Presenter: Erica Phare-Bergh, BMus, DipEd, MMus, is the Artistic Director of Voices in Motion, an intergenerational choir for those with memory loss, their caregivers, students and friends. There are currently five of these choirs in the Greater Victoria Area, that have amalgamated into an online choir during COVID. She also directs the Vancouver Island Chamber Choir and the Newcombe Singers.
A native of Montreal, Erica is the past director of the Vanier College Choirs, FACE Young Singers the McGill Conservatory Choirs until she moved to Calgary in 2010. In Alberta, she directed the William Aberhart High School Choirs, Westwinds Green Choir, Kairos Young Singers, the Savridi Singers and taught Music and French with the Calgary Board of Education. She is in demand as an adjudicator and presenter and was the guest conductor for the 10th Anniversary of the CBC-McGill Youth Gala. She is a published arranger with Cypress Choral Music and directs music at Church of Our Lord in downtown Victoria.
Roadshow Spring 2021 is being held on Zoom. Register now and you will receive your Zoom link the day before the event.