The Stroke a Chord Choir – Let’s All Sing Together
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Why We Sing
The Stroke a Chord choir members are all stroke survivors who have had a left side brain stroke. They are paralysed on the right side of their bodies and cannot speak due to a condition known as “aphasia”. Aphasia is loss of speech (and sometimes comprehension of language) when the language centre of the brain is damaged. However, they can sing as music and singing is processed more diffusely in the brain and predominantly in the right side of the brain (their undamaged side).
The choir has been operating for six years and is unfunded but receives support from Yooralla Australia’s largest disability support organisation.
Needless to say that choir members love singing. It allows them to use their voices, hear intonation, harmony, pitch, tempo, volume and all the associated vocal expressions that they can no longer use without speech. It is MAGIC.
The choir is conducted by our Music therapist and we would like to fund her salary. If this means performing a concert to raise funds, we would like to be able to raise $3000 by hiring a venue and coach for the choir to hire and travel to a venue west of Melbourne or in rural Victoria. This would be to promote the development of a similar choir
Donations raised through Sing for Good help people in need through Creativity Australia's inclusive With One Voice choir program. As we're a charity, all donations are tax deductible. Thank you for your generous support.