Who We Are
The Great Lakes Erie Threshold Choir is a chapter of the international organization of Threshold Choirs founded by Kate Munger in 2000. The group's mission is to sing a cappella in small groups at the bedsides of people facing severe illness or death. The songs we sing most are simple, nondenominational pieces — usually in rounds or three-part harmony — that are comforting or uplifting. Family Hospice of UPMC graciously provides our members with hospice training and rehearsal space in Erie, Pennsylvania.
New Members Are Welcome!
We invite you to contact us and come to one of our regular rehearsals and meet us! Threshold Choir singers need to be able to carry a tune and hold that against others singing different parts. Because we do not "perform" but truly minister to others in a deep way, we practice learning to sing quietly and tunefully to those in need. (Sometimes we sing in groups of three or four to one another in a reclining chair to experience something of what our clients might feel when we sing for them.) Occasionally we sing together as a larger group in a more public setting such as a memorial service, but always with a sense of our purpose to comfort, not entertain.
We regularly rehearse Friday afternoons from 1:30 to 3:00 at Family Hospice of UPMC at 1600 Peach Street, Suite 244, Erie, Pennsylvania 16501. We come together not only to learn the repertoire but to develop an ease with one another that allows us to be of heartfelt service to our clients and their loved ones. We also rehearse some Monday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 at another location, especially when we are integrating new singers into the choir.
Please Contact Us!
If you are willing to serve others with the gifts of your time and voice and would like to join us, please contact us at [email protected]. We will send you our welcome letter and phone contact information so you can let us know when to expect you at one of our rehearsals.