TC AZ is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) Charity - AZ QCO Code 22218
In her own words, Sun Joo explains: "I have decided to donate a portion of my professional hours to help Tremble Clefs raise money so our programs can continue."
The number of participants in this Zoom will be limited to 25. This special Zoom will give people with Parkinson's disease more time to interact with our music therapist, Sun Joo Lee. It will meets every Friday morning at 8:50 a.m.
Sessions will continue in December, 2020 and January and February of 2021. The cost for a month with 4 Friday sessions is $40. You pay by the month, not the session. There will be no refunds if you miss a Friday.
Tremble Clefs Arizona needs to raise funds for our new South East Tremble Clefs, which meets in Sun Lakes. Of course, with the coronavirus we do not meet in person. There are no group practice sessions as previously; no concerts. Fund-raising events are cancelled. Grant funds from the Parkinson Foundation helped us begin two new groups in Maricopa County. We actively seek donations from our members and their families and friends, to help us continue what we have begun. We are a recognized charity. For more information about how to donate, please go to the Donations page of our website.
Using her expertise and time for this new Friday Special Zoom, our Music Director is helping TC AZ raise funds. Let's hope SunJoo's example inspires others to donate to TC AZ.
Many of our members accepted an invitation to participate in a virtual PD singing festival. We were invited in the summer of 2020 to join this project by Elizabeth Stegemöller, an Associate Professor at Iowa State University of Science and Technology. Dr. Stegemöller has researched the benefits of singing for persons with Parkinson’s disease (PD) and leads a PD singing group in Ames, Iowa. “What the World Needs Now is Love” was the song of the mega Virtual PD Choral Production.
Our members were also recorded singing “We Go On Day By Day” written by our own Beth Lee. Tremble Clefs Arizona joined in this virtual concert with two Tremble Clefs groups from Southern California, the Orange County TC and the San Diego TC. Singers were photographed and recorded by Iowa University students. That video is here for you to watch and enjoy. The song has a powerful message about Parkinson's disease and this rendition does it full justice.
"We Go On Day by Day" online performance
Check out this great video. It premiered on September 30, 2020. The lyrics on our website under Featured Singers.
Check out this great video. You will see the directors of choral groups for people with Parkinson's disease. Part of the PD Virtual Singing Festival, it premiered on Sept. 30, 2020. Sun Joo Lee, our TC AZ Music Director, is one of the singers.
Here's information taken from the Iowa State University website about the virtual choir organized by Professor Elizabeth Stegemoller:
Participating singing groups include The Ames Gang: (Iowa) directed by Elizabeth Stegemöller; Waverly Warblers: (Iowa) directed by Kara Rewarts; Orange County Tremble Clefs: (California) directed by Karen Skipper; Tremble Clefs Arizona (Arizona) directed by Sunjoo Lee; Rush Copley Memorial (Illinois) directed by Linda Jerdzyk; SING OUT! (Northwestern Medicine (Illinois) directed by Jessica Pouranfar; Petersons PD Choir (Tennessee) directed by Carrie Friddell; North State Therapy Choir (California) directed by Erin Haley and Pam Sachs; Singing with Parkinson’s Chorus, Concord Conservatory (Massachusetts) directed by Greta Feenly; Tremble Clefs Massachusetts directed by Ann Muskopf and Marilyn Okonow; The Parkinsonics (Maryland) directed by Leo Wanenchak and Ellen Talles; PD singing group (Florida) directed by Danielle Porter; Park n’ Songs (Toowoomba, Australia) directed by Clare Birchley; Park n’ Songs (Bayside, Australia) directed by Fiona Sham; Park n’ Songs (Ashwood, Australia) directed by Geoff Serpell and Monika Harris.
The groups will come together again virtually on September 30, for a concert on YouTube, as part of their annual festival. At the festival, the individual groups will each perform a number. The directors will also join together as a virtual choir for one of the piece.
Sponsors of the virtual choir activity include Green Hills Retirement Community, American Parkinson’s Disease Association – Iowa Chapter, and Iowa State University.
The Singing Festival went online Wednesday September 30, 2020.