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Season Event

Lecture: Is There a Song in Your Heart?  

Instructor: Jeanne Kelly  

  • March 24, 2017 at 10:30 am

Presented by the Lifelong Learning Institute, Manassas

If you have sung as a younger person or have never sung in your life but would like to reap the benefits of singing as you age, you will want to hear Jeanne Kelly, the founder and artistic director of Encore Creativity Chorales. In 2001, landmark research known as The Creativity and Aging Study examined the impact of art programs conducted by professional artists on the physical and mental health and social functioning of older persons. Dr. Gene D. Cohen, director of Aging, Health and Humanities at George Washington University and Ms. Kelly began a study in the D.C. Metro area specifically focusing on singing groups. You will learn how groups have formed and where they exist in our area. Currently there is not such a group in Manassas, but perhaps this class could be a springboard for one after you listen to Ms. Kelly.

Jeanne Kelly’s career of over forty years has produced a unique blend of performer, teacher, conductor and music administrator that has prepared her to be the artistic director of Encore Creativity for Older Adults. She made her professional operatic debut with the Washington Opera at the Kennedy Center. She has performed major roles in other large cities across the United States. Ms. Kelly has also maintained a private voice studio in Maryland and Virginia as well as serving on the faculties of the Levine School of Music, Washington, D.C.; Hood College, Frederick, Md.; and the Baltimore School for the Arts.