The Benefits of Choral Singing
A nationwide study conducted by Chorus America reported the following facts and positive outcomes associated with participation in the choral arts:
- There are around 42.6 million singers who participate in over 270,000 nationwide, far more participants than in any other performing art. These numbers continue to rise and indicate that the choral arts are thriving and growing.
- Aside from providing great performances and education, choral singing is correlated with the positive successful life qualities for children and adults.
- Adult choristers and audience members are by and large good citizens who are more likely to contribute time and money to philanthropies, participate in political processes and demonstrate good leadership. Singers reported being better team members and more satisfied people because of their involvement in the choral arts.
- Children who sing in choruses have higher academic success and possess valuable life skills of self-confidence, self-discipline and improved memory. Young singers also have higher grades and graduation rates. Both parents and teachers attribute a significant part of a child's academic success to singing in a choir.
Various other current articles from across the educational spectrum and from the health profession have consistently reported the following:
- Group singing has been scientifically proven to lower blood pressure, release endorphins, ease anxiety, improve mood and increase memory endurance.
- Singing is at once both calming and energizing, benefiting nearly every system in the body. This is true for both singers and audience members.
- Audiences who attend live choral performances also report easing of anxiety and emotional elation resulting in happiness and a positive outlook.
- A current study is reporting preliminary findings that the heart rates of singers sync up when singing together.
- Group singing is being examined as an affordable method to improve the health and well-being of older adults. Singing as healthcare! (Dr. Julene K. Johnson, a researcher of older singers, is undergoing a 5 year study.)
- Singers report choral involvement as key in reducing depression, stress, loneliness and exhaustion.