Threshold Choir Miami University

Threshold Choir Miami University

Who Are We?

Threshold Choir Miami University (TCMU) grew out of Opening Minds Through Art (OMA), an intergenerational art program for people 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 elders 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, long-term care facilities, and hospices.

Watch TCMU at Hospice of Hamilton:

Song Baths

On most second Fridays of the month, 6-8 pm, we hold song baths at the Oxford Community Arts Center (10 S. College Avenue, Oxford, Ohio). Here we sing to anyone interested even though they are not on the threshold of life.

We Welcome New Members

  • All are welcome, including students, non-students, and community members.
  • All genders welcome.
  • No singing experience needed.
  • We accept new members at any time.
  • We gather weekly in the early evenings at Miami’s Oxford campus or at Hospice of Hamilton. Exact days, times, and locations vary by semester. Contact us to find out more specific information.
  • We do not meet during the summer months or during Miami University breaks.


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.