painting © by Kathleen Humphreys
"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." — Maya Angelou
Who We Are
We are a group of compassionate women who sing with open hearts, offering the gift of song to soothe and uplift. We comfort those on the threshold of dying or illness with a healing presence. We sing mostly at St. Joseph Hospital and Briarwood Health Care Center in Denver, Colorado.
We sing tenderly at bedside in groups of 2 to 5. As an a cappella choir, we sing rounds, lullabies, two- or three-part harmony, spirituals, and hymns. We sing old, familiar songs, as well as songs written by Threshold Choir members. Most importantly, we blend as one angelic voice.
We create a peaceful environment while holding the space and supporting those present, responding to each individual situation. We sing songs with messages of comfort and healing. We welcome song requests from patients, family members, and caregivers. We love it when they sing or hum with us.
At times, we also sing for memorial services, spiritual or health gatherings, and volunteer functions.
We rehearse for an hour before singing at bedside on Tuesday afternoons and then sing to our clients. We start at 3:00 with rehearsal and sing to clients until around 5:30 p.m.
We sing to one another in a reclining chair so as to experience what our clients may be feeling and to feel nurtured ourselves. We practice blending as one voice and nurturing with song. We listen as carefully to each other as we do to our bedside dear ones.
We also participate in semi-annual retreats when members finish their preparation to sing at bedside. Periodically, we also meet for social interactions. There is mutual support of each other, sharing joys, concerns, and our everyday lives.
We are women with a shared mission and vision. If you like to sing, can communicate kindness with your voice and your being, can carry a tune, and hold your part in harmony or sincerely be willing to learn, we would love to welcome you to check out our choir. Please contact us by email or call (720) 771-5717.