If you are visiting this site for the first time and are interested in joining the choir, please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information. While we are not meeting in person during the pandemic, we are providing resources for continuing to practice during self isolation.
The choir has a new password-protected website with lots of resources for home practice with breathing and physical exercises, warm-ups and songs (with audio tracks and video). If you would like access to these resources, please email me for more information.
Take care and keep singing!
During these challenging times, we will be sending choir members links to videos to continue practising at home. Remember that we also have another webpage with more choir resources:
If you need the password, send me a message.
Remember to follow health guidelines provided:
The following is also a useful resource:
Due to recently-announced restrictions to gatherings on the Memorial University campus, we are unable to have choir sessions at present. I will post an announcement of when we can resume our sessions here once the restrictions have been lifted.
Keep singing at home! If you have any questions, email me!
The next choir session is Wednesday 11th March at 7:30pm. There is no choir on 5th March.
We will have a choir session on Wednesday 26th February at 7:30pm. Remember to bring a water bottle and a cup or mug for tea/coffee afterwards!
Choir will be in the choral room — Room 1032 — in the School of Music at Memorial University. There is free parking in Parking Lot 15B — next to the School of Music (https://www.mun.ca/music/Facilities/GettingtotheMusicShool.pdf).
I look forward to seeing everyone on Wednesday!
CHOIR CANCELLED on 12th February. Due to the forecast of snow, ice pellets and wind, we are cancelling choir on 12th February. There will be no choir on 19th February but will plan to meet again on Wednesday 26th February.
Click on the link below to read about the Better Breathing Choir in a recent CBC story. Thank you to Katie Breen for coming to visit us and sharing our story.
There is NO CHOIR on 5 February, but take a look at this video of a group in Toronto that focuses on dance to help improve lung health for people living with COPD. Keep singing at home — and practice your dance moves! Hopefully we will have choir again on 12th February.
CHOIR CANCELLED tomorrow (Wednesday 29th January). Due to problems with road conditions in some places, we are cancelling choir this week. There will be no choir next week.
Our next choir session will be on Wednesday 12th February — assuming we have no more adverse weather conditions. I’m an optimist!
CHOIR CANCELLED tomorrow (Wednesday 22nd January). Due to the weather and road conditions, we are cancelling choir this week. I will post an update next week.
Wednesday 15th January
Choir going ahead this evening at 7:30pm in the choral room (Room 1032) in the School of Music. See you later!
The first choir session of 2020 will be held on Wednesday 15th January at 7:30pm. in the School of Music, Memorial University Room 1032. Free parking is available in Parking Lot 15B — next to the School of Music (https://www.mun.ca/music/Facilities/GettingtotheMusicShool.pdf).
In the event of a snowstorm, I will cancel the session and send an email to confirm this between 4 and 5pm on Wednesday — so check your email on Wednesday!! I look forward to seeing everyone on Wednesday!
Tomorrow — 4th December — will be the last session before Christmas. We will continue having some sessions in the winter, but check your emails or this webpage for information about the first session in January. You are welcome to bring along a friend/family member tomorrow. We’ll start with our usual warm-ups and some of the songs we often sing, then have a Christmas sing-along and some Christmas cookies! See you tomorrow.
We will have choir sessions on 13th November, 20th November, 27th November and 4th December. Check the webpage for details of sessions after 4th December. All sessions take place in the choral room (MU-1032) at the School of Music, Memorial University. Remember to bring along a water bottle and a cup/mug for tea or coffee!
Exciting news… we will be starting choir sessions again on Wednesday 2nd October at 7:30pm — note the slightly later time than in previous years! We will be meeting again in the choral room (MU-1032) at the School of Music, Memorial University.
There will be no choir sessions during August as we were unable to get space in the Music School, but we will start again in September. More details about the dates nearer the time! Enjoy the rest of the summer! Keep Singing. I look forward to seeing everyone again next month!
There is NO CHOIR on 24th July. The last choir session for the summer is on 31st July in the choral room at the School of Music at Memorial University, 7-8:30pm. Choir sessions will then start again in September.
There are choir sessions 10th July and 17th July in the choral room at the School of Music at Memorial University, 7-8:30pm. There is NO CHOIR on 24th July.
There are choir sessions 26th June and 3rd July in the choral room at the School of Music at Memorial University, 7-8:30pm.
There will be choir sessions on 5th June, 12th June and 19th June in the choral room at the School of Music at Memorial University, 7-8:30pm.
There is a choir session on Wednesday 29th May in the choral room at the School of Music at Memorial University, 7-8:30p.m.
There is a choir session on Wednesday 22 May at the School of Music at Memorial University. Julia Halfyard is coming to lead the session.
The next choir session is on 15th May at the School of Music at Memorial University. There is no choir on 1 May or 8 May.
Choir is CANCELLED TONIGHT (24 April) due to the weather. Please share this information with any choir friends!
There will be a choir session on Wednesday 24 April, 7:00pm — 8:30pm. at the School of Music in the choral room (MU-1032). There will be NO SESSIONS on 1 May and 8 May.
The next choir session is on Wednesday 17th April, 7:00pm — 8:30pm. at the School of Music in the choral room (MU-1032).
We have choir tonight — 3rd April at 7:15pm. at the School of Music in the choral room (MU-1032).
Our next choir session will be on Wednesday 20th March at the School of Music at Memorial University in the choral room (MU-1032) — see instructions below!
If you want to read an inspirational story and watch a beautiful video, follow this link! The article is about a wonderful singer called Amanda. She also sings in Lauda — which is a neuro-diverse children’s choir which is part of Shallaway.
25 February 2019
On this stormy Monday afternoon, I thought that you might like some more music videos of some of our favourite songs! So here are links to a few more songs.
1st March is St David’s Day — patron saint of Wales — so I thought that you could listen to versions of The Ashgrove in English and in Welsh!
St John’s Waltz
Try to remember
11 February 2019
It’s just over two weeks until we have a choir session in the School of Music (7pm on 27th February) so I thought that you might like to do some singing at home to remind yourself of some of the songs that we’ve sung! So here are some links to a couple of songs to get you singing along at home!
Here’s a link to Shanneyganock singing Grey Foggy Day!
and a link to a choir singing Bella Mama
and I even found a video of the medley that we sing with Swing Lo!
and if you’ve forgotten about lip trills, here’s a video of a vocal coach demonstrating some exercises using lip trills to warm up the voice!
and here’s Elvis singing, Can’t help falling in love with you!
5 February 2019
We will have a choir session on Wednesday FEBRUARY 27 in the choral room in the School of Music at Memorial University 7p.m. – 8.30p.m.
18 December 2018
Choir practice — usual time and place — tomorrow evening! This will be the last session of choir for this year!
12 December 2018
Choir cancelled tonight because of the weather. We’ll see you next week!
5 December 2018
There is no choir on 5th December. We will have choir on 12th and 19th December!
Take a listen to the following video, sung by the choir at the college where I was a student!!
19 November 2018
We have choir on 21st November — I look forward to seeing you on Wednesday!
14 November 2018
No choir tonight. See you all next week!
8 November 2018
An interesting study on the relationship between music and memory.
No choir on 14th November… see you on 21st November!
7 November 2018
Take a listen to this interview with Tom Power and the singer, Sarah Brightman. Guess what she includes in her warm-ups?? Lip trills!!!
6 November 2018
We have choir tomorrow, but remember that there is no choir on Wednesday 14 November.
28 October 2018
Have a look at this short BBC video about a choir that was formed to help improve mental health.
26 October 2018
Take a look at this article about art on prescription. We need singing on prescription in Newfoundland and Labrador. Click on the link below!
You can also read a report from the UK discussing similar ideas looking at the arts and health.
18 October 2018
Here are some more videos talking about the importance of choral music. Thanks to David for sharing these with me!
16 October 2018
Here’s an article about the song, Love me tender and its relationship with Aura Lea.
13 October 2018
Take a listen to this video of the composer John Rutter talking about the value of singing in a choir. In the background, you can hear his exquisitely beautiful piece, The Lord bless you and keep you.
“Choral music is not one of life’s frills. It’s something that goes to the very heart of our humanity, our sense of community, and our souls. You express, when you sing, your soul in song. And when you get together with a group of other singers, it becomes more than the sum of the parts….. ”
27 September 2018
It was wonderful to see everyone last night and to sing together. I apologize for the problems with accessing the building. Hopefully this will be resolved by next week.
Here’s a link from the BBC about the potential benefits of singing on your health. Within the article there is a video that you can watch! Keep singing!
20 September 2018
During the past year, I had the pleasure of singing with members of the Singing with Parkinson’s group in Toronto. Read about this wonderful group and their amazing choir director, Paula Wolfson by clicking on the link “Singing with Parkinson’s” below. You can also watch the short video about the choir.
12 September 2018
Look who’s singing on the stone outside Dan Murphy’s door!! We’ll have to sing this again when we meet later this month.
10 September 2018
Take a look at this story about a choir called the Malo Tones in Toronto. I had the pleasure of visiting the choir on a number of occasions! Just click on the link below to read the story!
See you on the 26th September!
30 August 2018
Exciting news…. choir starts again next month on Wednesday 26 September 7pm. at the Lantern on Barnes Road. If you need any further information, send me an email. I look forward to seeing you next month!
12 July 2018
Sadly, 11th July was the last choir session for the summer, but we will be starting again in September. Once we have confirmation of the date, we will post information here! Keep singing during the summer! See you all again in September!
12 June 2018
Tomorrow evening (13th June) during the refreshments time, we will have a presentation given by Corinne Bowen, entitled “Remote Patient Monitoring – Supporting Health at Home.”
30 May 2018
Choir is cancelled tonight (Wednesday 30 May) due to the bad weather. See you all next week!
24 March 2018
Exciting news…. choir starts again on Wednesday 23 May, 7pm at the Lantern.
23 March 2018
Just a reminder that you can hear Kelsey, Jenny and Emily performing in the School of Music at their upcoming recitals. Here’s a link to a list of all the student recitals in April. Just click on following link:
All the student recitals are free to attend! It’s a great way to support our wonderful volunteers!
Kelsey: Saturday, 7th April, 6pm in Suncor Hall
Jenny: Friday, 13th April, 5pm. in Cook Recital Hall
Emily: Wednesday, 18 April, 5:00pm in Cook Recital Hall
7 March 2018
Take a look at this beautiful video. In addition to dancing, Fran and Murray are both members of the Singing with Parkinson’s Choir in Toronto. I have the pleasure of spending each Thursday afternoon joining with this wonderful group under the leadership of Paula Wolfson! https://www.paulawolfson.com/swp/
23 February, 2018
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of attending a session of the Colchester Sing for your Lungs choir and meeting a lovely and very welcoming group of singers and wonderful choir leader and music therapist, Mary Anne Barclay. As well as doing breathing and vocal exercises, we sang songs, including Bella Mama! Mary Anne kindly shared a song that I know that you’ll enjoy singing when we get together again!
If you click on link below, you can watch a short video about their choir.
Remember to listen to Dion’s meditations at https://soundcloud.com/dionflores
4 February, 2018
I thought that you might like to watch this video — some amazing sound effects created by the choir. If you listen to it without looking at the video, I think that it is even more atmospheric. Enjoy.
Remember to listen to Dion’s new track on SoundCloud where he has posted a new meditation. You can just click on the arrow below to listen to the meditation. If you have any questions, remember you can email Dion or me!
January 23rd, 2018
Dion has posted another track on Soundcloud with a mindfulness meditation for you.
Click on the link below and then listen to the tracks. Perhaps follow the meditation with some of the breathing exercises that we do in choir. Let me know if you need any reminders of the exercises. We welcome any feedback. Remember always to listen to your own body and only follow these exercises if they feel comfortable.
January 15th, 2018
Just in case you needed reminding why singing is important, here’s an article from TIME magazine:
Remember to listen to Dion’s meditation and take a look at the videos with exercises that I emailed last year!
Someone shared a video with me of a song by Pete Seeger written when he was 91. The comment was that it was a song that was great for singing along — but also had an important message of social change by working together. Listen to the video and sing along!
January 5th, 2018
Various studies have shown that chanting is beneficial for health. Here is a link to an article from the BBC about the benefits of chanting:
If you are interested in learning more about chanting, here is a link to a radio programme:
Articles of interest:
A recent study in the journal, Psychology of Music looks at the “impact of choral singing on mindfulness” — another reason to sing in a choir!
Another study has looked at the health benefits of choral singing for people living with cancer. Researchers have discovered that choral singing may improve mood, decrease stress levels, lower inflammation and boost immune function. So keep singing!!
Fall Session — updated 4th October
The St. John’s Better Breathing Choir is currently running sessions until 11th October, then we are taking a 2-week break. Another session will start again on Wednesday 1st November.
We meet at the Lantern on Wednesdays at 7pm. There’s no registration, so why not come and join us for some breathing exercises, singing and refreshments!
The St. John’s Better Breathing Choir is an opportunity for anyone living with any lung disease or breathing difficulties to sing together in a relaxed and supportive environment.
- At the Lantern, 35 Barnes Road, St. John’s
- Accessible location – with parking close to building
- No auditions
- No previous singing experience necessary
- No need to read music
- No cost
- No registration
- Support group with guest speakers following the choir session
- Breathing exercises in a fun environment
- Music that everyone loves to sing!
For more information contact…
Jane Gosine email@example.com
Kalen Thomson firstname.lastname@example.org
For choir members:
Exciting news…..choir is starting again on Wednesday 23rd August! We’ll be meeting at the Lantern on Wednesday at 7pm — I look forward to seeing you all again! For the Fall session, we’ll have practices each Wednesday from 23rd August until 11th October.
Wednesday 14th June: Julia Halfyard will be coming to lead the choir tonight for some wonderful singing!
Exciting news….. choir starts again on WEDNESDAY 24th May at the Lantern! Spread the word about the choir starting again!
I have uploaded a link to the Remote Patient Monitoring Referral form under the Links Tab — but here it is again — just click on the link below! Anyone with a clinical diagnosis of COPD, heart failure or Type II Diabetes is eligible for this programme. You can self refer.
If you want to listen to lots of beautiful choral music, as well as listen to interviews with choral directors and others interested in choral music, here’s a link to a weekly programme on BBC Radio 3, The Choir. To listen to the programme, just click on the arrow under “On Demand”. Enjoy!
Here’s a link to a website from BBC, Can singing in a choir make me healthier?
Just click on the link and you’ll find all sorts of interesting information about singing and music!
I thought that you might like to hear some other choirs singing one of our warm-up pieces, Bella mama. You’ll notice that there are different ways of performing this. The third version has a long introduction! Perhaps we should post our own version once we get together in the spring??
An interesting and inspiring study by Tenovus Cancer Care and the Royal College of Music
Click on the link below to read more about the study.
“Singing in a choir for just one hour boosts levels of immune proteins in people affected by cancer, reduces stress and improves mood, which in turn could have a positive impact on overall health, a new study by Tenovus Cancer Care and the Royal College of Music published today in ecancermedicalscience has found.”
Folkestone Singing for Health Choir
Sonia Page runs the Folkestone Singing for Health Choir in England. She has also done research into the benefits of singing for health. In this video, some of her choir members tell us why they like to sing!
Abdominal breathing exercises with the Kings Singers
This is a demonstration of abdominal breathing which may help if you’re practicing your breathing. Just out of interest, the Kings Singers are singing a beautiful piece of music by Orlando Gibbons called “The Silver Swan” – here’s a link to the whole piece, sung here by the Tallis Scholars, if you’re interested in listening to the whole piece! Gibbons first published this madrigal/consort song in 1612 as part of his First Sett of Madrigals and Mottets of 5 parts.
You might also like to listen to the Kings Singers’ version of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah which we sang together last year!
Vocal exercises with a straw!
Dr Ingo Titze is a voice scientist and the Executive Director of the National Center for Voice and Speech. In this video, he demonstrates how to use a straw to help with vocal exercises, including some of the vocal glides that we practice — but without the straw!
If you’re interested in reading more about this technique, here’s an article on this method: voice-exercises-how-to-use-flow-resistant-straws
Just in case you need a reminder of how to practise your lip trills, here are links to two video demonstrations!
16th November 2016
On Wednesday 16th November, we will have a presentation by Gladys Schofield on Understanding Influenza and Pneumococci disease. Gladys is a faculty member from the Centre for Nursing Studies.
9th November 2016
On Wednesday 9th November we will have a presentation by Carolyn Jerrett on The Secret to Healthy Eating
12th October 2016
On Wednesday 12th October we will have a presentation by Kim Ghaney, Supporting Health. At Home. Remote Patient Monitoring Program
September 23, 2016
Just a reminder that we will be meeting on THURSDAY 29 September and THURSDAY 6 October at the Lantern. We look forward to seeing you next week!
13 July, 2016
We are pleased to announce that Susan Haskell, Respiratory Therapist, will be our guest speaker for the July 13 session. She will be giving a presentation on radon.
29 June, 2016 [held at the School of Music, Memorial University]
We are pleased to announce that Susan Haskell, Respiratory Therapist, will be our guest speaker for the June 29 session. She will be giving a talk entitled “Using the Air Quality Health Index”.
15 June, 2016
We are pleased to announce that Raymond Down, MScPT, BPAS, a clinical physiotherapist employed by Eastern Health, registered with the Newfoundland and Labrador College of Physiotherapists, a member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, and a Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist with the American College of Sports Medicine, will be our guest speaker for the 15 June session. He will be giving a presentation entitled, “Exercise is Medicine”.
18 May, 2016
We are pleased to announce that Susan Haskell, Respiratory Therapist, will be our guest speaker for the May 18 session. She will be talking about puffer technique and inhaled medication devices, because 90% of people are not using their puffers correctly!