South Woods Threshold Singers
(c) John Junker
South Woods Threshold Singers (formerly St. Helena’s) in Burr Ridge, Illinois sings healing and palliative songs for people who are seriously ill or dying in homes, hospitals, hospice centers, and care facilities.
Our singing is appropriate for those who are deeply spiritual, whether or not they identify with a religious tradition. Many of the songs we offer are composed by Threshold Choir members specifically to communicate ease, comfort, and presence. We also offer songs that arise from our deep roots in a faith community. Singing for a client typically lasts about 10-15 minutes; if there appears to be benefit, we might sing longer. Using soft, lullaby voices, we blend in harmony or in unison, responding to what provides the most comfort. We offer our singing as gentle blessings, not as entertainment, and we are honored when a client falls asleep as we are singing. Most of our songs are very short, so their repetition is conducive to rest and comfort.
Our music director is Daryce Hoff Nolan, a trained musician and educator, hospice chaplain, and lay leader at St. Helena’s Episcopal Church. Our choir welcomes all those who wish to serve their neighbors and the community in times of transition in illness or in death.
We welcome singers to join us on the first and third Thursdays of each month at St. Helena’s Episcopal Church at 7600 South Wolf Road in Burr Ridge.
For more information, please contact us by email.