Stacy Horn’s book Imperfect Harmony: Finding Happiness While Singing With Others, published by Algonquin Books tells us that music is awash with neurochemical rewards just for working up the courage to sing. That rush, or “singer’s high,” comes in part through a surge of endorphins, which at the same time alleviate pain. Research shows that singing generates prolactic, which has a tranquilizing, consoling effect. Researchers also discovered that a choir singing Mozart’s Requiem showed an increase in s-IgA, an immunoglobulin that enhances our immune defense.
While any singing has rewards, there are reasons you should join the choir rather than simply singing in the shower and leaving it at that. Studies have found that group singing releases oxytocin, a chemical that manages anxiety and stress and, according to McGill University professor Daniel Levitin, enhances feelings of trust and bonding. It doesn’t even matter if we can sing well. Investigators found that group singers experienced the same benefits even when “the sound produced by the vocal instrument is of mediocre quality”.
So… Even if you don’t sing like a professional, we can find a place for you and we would love for you to reap these health benefits just the same by joining our choir!
When the voices of the singers surrounding you hit your ears, you’ll be bathed in that wonderful feeling of joining a group who praise God, lead worship and feel wonderful doing it.
SO WHAWHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?
It’s time to join the choir! Your good health depends on it!
The choir rehearses on Wednesdays beginning at 7:00 p.m. If you questions about singing with the choir, please call Dale Forrey (360) 705-1066.