The Villages Threshold Choir was established in 2016. From seven people singing in our founder/director's living room, we have expanded to 16 members. We practice every Friday afternoon and then send teams of four to local hospice houses to sing at the bedsides of patients in The Villages, Florida.
Our goal is to bring calm and comfort to those on the threshold of living and dying. Teams of four sit at the bedside and gently sing Threshold Choir songs in 3-part harmony. "You Are Beautiful", using the patient's name, is especially moving for patient, family, and singers! After several songs we pick up our stools and slowly walk out, singing songs such as "Be Still", "In the Quiet", or "Sweet Dreams". As we walk down the hall to leave the building, we often sing "Thank You" or "Walking Each Other Home" to staff, volunteers, and visitors.
We have sung at funerals for people we have met through hospice. We also visit private homes when requested. We sing at a monthly hospice volunteer training program to demonstrate what we do and to recruit new members. We do not charge for our singing; we consider it our special gift.
We are very proud of our singer/songwriter, Clare Gavin, who has had four of our favorite songs accepted into the Threshold Choir repertoire: "On Your Journey", "Only Peace", "River of Life", and "Peace, Tranquility, and Comfort". We hope they'll become your favorites, too.
Barry is our lone male choir member. He sings whatever we need: tenor, melody, or bass. He has just become a bedside leader.
If you are interested in learning more about us and considering joining us, please contact our membership coordinator at [email protected].