FoundationNevada Opera Youth Chorus and Hand-Bell Group to Perform at Renown Regional
RENO, Nev. – (Dec. 12, 2007) – As part of its healing arts program and to impart a bit of the holiday season’s spirit, Renown Regional Medical Center will feature two separate musical performances. Tomorrow at 4:30 p.m., in the Tahoe Tower lobby, the Nevada Opera Youth Chorus (NOYC) will sing in unison or in multi-part harmony, a capella and accompanied by piano. On Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 5:30, a local group of hand-bell musicians will perform in the Sierra Tower.
“We are so pleased to partner with these two incredibly inspirational groups during this winter season,” said Jan Johnson, director of Renown Health Foundation Development and Donor Relations. “Bringing music into the hospital as part of Renown’s Healing Arts program allows patients and visitors the chance to reflect on encouraging thoughts and focus on something other than their illness or injury.”
NOYC gives talented young singers from the northern Nevada and eastern Sierra area the opportunity to be members of a high-quality choral ensemble. The aim of the chorus is to let young singers experience the joy of singing. The group exists to discover, develop and encourage girls and boys with unchanged voices through its program of vocal training and music education. NOYC is an auditioned group for youth in the third through eighth grades. NOYC provides basic choral training and experience. Membership in the chorus is by audition. Any child in grades 3 – 8 is welcome to audition for the chorus.
The Healing Arts program at Renown Regional began in the early 1990s. Since then, a book titled “The Harvest of Lesser Burdens: Art in the Field of Medicine” was published in partnership with the Nevada Museum of Art and recently, the Tahoe Tower opened with more than 400 works of original art, including two works in each of the 190 private patient rooms. Future plans for the Healing Arts program include the completion of a Healing Garden with fountains, streams, sculptures and a flowering landscape, as well as additional musical performances including music at the patient’s bedside.
“Each person identifies with music differently,” said Johnson. “On some level, in some way, music is comforting to everyone. It’s essential to the healing process that a patient’s physical, emotional, mental and spiritual needs are honored while they are recuperating.”
Renown Health Foundation was established in 1985 with the mission of providing support for Renown Regional Medical Center by building long-lasting relationships with patients, businesses, foundations and community members. These relationships enhance the work of physicians, nurses, and healthcare personnel, and provide a sense of involvement and fulfillment for donors, volunteers and staff. Gifts to the Foundation have made it possible for Renown Regional Medical Center to acquire state-of-the-art equipment, conduct important medical research, ensure the hospital has the finest medical staff, and provide community health and education programs.
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