OLLI Community Chorus : Let's Sing | Osher Lifelong Learning Institute | University of Miami

OLLI Community Chorus

OSH 33 / Non Credit
Course taught in: English
Locations: LFH 105
Instructor: Dr. Eugene Greco

Course Description

Today, there is a great deal of research being conducted about the benefits of singing in a choir for mature adults. Continuing research states that singing in a choir has both social and health benefits. It improves balance, lower body strength, memory, posture, breathing, and self-confidence. Singing also helps relieve depressive symptoms and loneliness when one becomes a member of a vital social singing community. Members of singing groups have been reported to have fewer visits to doctors, fewer falls, improved blood pressure and reduced stress.  Choral singing, as a cultural expression, is the most popular arts hobby in the U.S. (and perhaps globally) today. Experience the fun and joy of being a member of a choral ensemble that will benefit both body and brain!

The OLLI Community Chorus will rehearse weekly. Instruction will include proper breathing and phonation for singing, as well as music reading skills. We will be singing songs from various periods and styles of the standard choral repertoire (folk songs, the Great American Songbook, Broadway and pop standard tunes).

No previous experience is necessary, only a desire to sing and motivation to make it happen. There are no auditions and all voice types are welcomed. 

Dr. Eugene Greco graduated cum laude from Union College as a Humanities major, concentrating in music and art history. He holds an MME degree in Choral Music Education from Ithaca College and a second masters from State University of NY at Albany in Educational Administration. Additionally, Dr. Greco holds a PhD in Musicology from UM. He teaches at both Miami Dade College and UM.

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