Sweet Spot With Mike Sugerman: Group Of New York Singers Show Age Is No Limit To Passion

October 26, 2018 - 3:58 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- A group of New York singers are showing age is no limit to passion.

In this week's Sweet Spot, Mike Sugerman meets the members of Encore Choir, which executive director Robert Rund says is the largest choral organization for older adults in the country.

Singers of all experience levels are welcome.

"I've sung for many years," said Judy Berg, who is one of the 40 members of the current New York group. Berg is retired and said she joined the choir because she likes to fill her days with things that bring her joy.

Cheryl Sandler said before Encore she only sang in the car. 

"It's a very joyful, wonderful experience," said Sandler, who is also retired. "I've always had structure in my life, I've been working since high school -- forever. And my kids are grown and I was looking for something to challenge me."

Rund says singing is not only good for the soul, it's good for your health.

"Singing is medicine," said Rund. "Including less doctor visits, less depression, less use of prescription medication."

And conductor Justin Julea agrees.

"The aging process is something that we all have to be wary of and not combat but find a way to navigate smoothly. Singing helps you physically, spiritually, emotionally, in every possible way really," Julea said.

Encore Chorale was founded in the Baltmore-Washington area and there are over 30 programs nationwide.

The New York choir meets at the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church. There's the choral group and one for rock, too.