Threshold Choir Miami University

Threshold Choir Miami University (TCMU)

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Who Are We?

Threshold Choir Miami University (TCMU) is an intergenerational group of singers from Miami University and The Knolls of Oxford, a retirement community. TCMU grew out of Opening Minds Through Art (OMA), an intergenerational art program for people living with dementia based at Scripps Gerontology Center, Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. OMA’s mission is to build relationships across age and cognitive barriers through art. When people are no longer able to create art, TCMU continues to maintain these relationships through song. Clients need not be OMA participants to receive songs. There is no charge for our service.

The TCMU chapter was featured in a story on the Cincinnati public radio show. You can read and listen to the story at:

What We Do

Bedside Singing

At bedside, TCMU singers use simple repetitive songs to soothe and comfort people on the threshold of life. The goal is not to perform, but to be present with the individual and to make kindness audible. We sing at private homes, hospitals, and long-term care and Hospice communities.

Watch TCMU at Hospice of Hamilton:

We Welcome New Members

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  • All are welcome, including students, non-students, and community members
  • All genders are welcome.
  • No singing experience needed.
  • We accept new members at any time.
  • We gather weekly, except during Miami’s summer and winter breaks.
  • Please contact us to find out the meeting day, time, and location.


To join TCMU or to request us to sing for you or a loved one, please email [email protected] or call (513) 529-2648 and leave a message.