IN THE COMMUNITY
Ensemble Altera is committed to providing musical opportunities to a wide range of audiences regardless of age, ability, physical or mental limitations, or race.Our Sing Out in Schools! initiative provides students in Title 1 schools in Rhode Island the opportunity to experience the joys of live, professional choral music. Through an interactive performance, pre-show lesson plan, and sing-a-long, students are exposed to a wide range of choral music from medieval to modern. Most recently, Altera has visited Riverside Middle School in Riverside, RI, Tollman High School in Pawtucket, RI, and Nicholas Ferri Middle School and Johnston High School in Johnston, RI. The students were left with a new enthusiasm for choral music and were thrilled to join with us in song on a classic favorite, Danny Boy.
In February of 2022, Altera visited East Providence High School in East Providence, RI to perform a special concert of choral music for the students in the Life Skills program. Students with special needs are typically the most overlooked when it comes to "classical" music concerts. Altera was thrilled to be able to provide these students with a unique opportunity to listen to music without feeling judged or restrained. Students were invited to move around, to ask questions, and to vocalize during the performance.
A HEALING POWER
Ensemble Altera is proud to partner with Forefront Living, a continuing care facility in Dallas, Texas, to whom we provide our recordings of choral music as music therapy for residents. Altera's music is used to soothe hospice patients, rehabilitation patients, memory care patients, and the general residents of the facility. Most recently, Forefront used the recordings as part of their "Music and Movement" program at Camp Faith, where participants were asked to move and dance as each song played and answer meaningful questions regarding how it made them feel.
“I am so moved by the number of people, regardless of age, that Ensemble Altera has touched with their music.”
Jennefer Dixon, Music Therapist, Faith Presbyterian Hospice
“I have been a fan of choral music all my life. As a massage therapist working in hospice care, I’ve seen firsthand the potential for this genre to elevate, move, and soothe our patients. I have used the Choral Music by Ensemble Altera both as an accompaniment to gentle massage, and to provide connection with the human voice for our patients who are dying alone. While preferences are individual, selections with slow tempo, consistent volume, and simple arrangements appear to be the most calming, particularly for people in the later stages of the dying process. The Altera playlist has a number of selections that fit this description. I’m very grateful to have choral music as a tool in our repertoire of comfort care!”
- Cindy Spence, Massage Therapist, Faith Presbyterian Hospice