"The power of choral music. It is something that goes to the very heart of our humanity, our sense of community and our souls. You express, when you sing, your soul in song, and when you get together with a group of other singers, it becomes more than the sum of the parts. All of those people are pouring out theirs hearts and souls in perfect harmony which is kind of an emblem for what we need in this world when so much of the world is at odds with itself. That, just to express in symbolic terms what it's like when human beings are in harmony, that's a lesson for our times and for all time. I profoundly believe that. And musical excellence is of course at the heart of it but even if a choir is not the greatest in the worlds, the fact they are meeting together, has a social value. It has communal value. I would say that a church or a school without a choir is like a body without a soul. We have to have a soul in our lives. And everybody tells me, who has sung in a choir, that they feel better for doing it. Whatever the cares of the day, they maybe meet after a long day of school or what, but somehow you leave your troubles at the door and when you're sitting there making music for a couple of hours in the day, that's the only thing that matters at that moment You walk away refreshed. You walk away renewed and that's a value that goes just beyond the music itself... It's not a frill. It's like a great Oak that rises up from the center of the human race and spreads its branches everywhere. That's what music does for us. And choral music must stand as one of the supreme examples."
"You don't have to be a professional musician to enjoy singing. People of all ages and experience levels can join singing in a choir. Singing as part of a group may have positive effects on mood, the immune system, depressive symptoms, and stress hormones. If you're interested, look for choirs near you to join"