Noyana Singer bring comfort

November 8, 2012  
Filed under Aging Parents

Each Saturday from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. a group of local volunteers visits the Vermont Respite House and sings at the bedsides of patients who wish to hear comforting four-part harmonies.
The 45-member group, which calls itself the Noyana Singers, typically sends an eight-person choir, which tailors its musical selections to a patient’s personal preferences.
With a repertoire that features both spiritual and secular music, the group’s goal, according to its tab on the Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties website is to create music that “sets a restful meditative mood that can help ease the passage between life and death.”
Williston resident Marcy Kass, a five-year veteran of the Noyana Singers, explained why she finds the volunteer work rewarding.
“When we sing to people, they get to turn off the front part of their brains and just float emotionally. Sometimes people start crying when we start singing,” Kass said. “I believe that our mortality is the ‘elephant in the room’ in our daily lives, especially as we mature. To go forth into that territory and not run from it is soothing, somehow.”
—Luke Baynes


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