enriching lives through music

Singing Strong

Singing Strong: a singing community for older adults who love to sing.

Tuesdays 1:30 – 2:30.
Starts October 1, 2019. Last one November 12.
$85 for 7 weeks

No auditions, no requirements, no performance – just people having fun and learning a bit more about their voice along the way!

Brattleboro Music Center’s Susan Dedell leads everyone in a joyful hour of singing songs chosen from a variety of musical styles, including jazz standards, Broadway musicals, spirituals, folk songs, rounds, and more. Vocal exercises and tips will help participants keep and expand their range, enhance tone, and increase strength.  You’ll learn some interesting things about the background of the songs, taken from a collection currently numbering almost 200 pieces of music selected by Susan.  We call it Singing Strong because singing — especially in a group — boosts your immune system, improves heart health, improves circulation, and best of all: makes you happier. So come and raise your voice and join the fun!

“Singing Strong is a wonderful exercise for both the body and the soul. I come away humming with joy. “

Pianist, choral director, and vocal repertoire coach Susan Dedell has been working with singers of all ages and levels of ability for over three decades. In her work at the BMC, She directed the BMC Concert Choir for 29 years, was rehearsal assistant to Blanche Moyse, and is a long-time member of the piano faculty.  Susan loves to work with people, building skills and confidence, and delights in exploring the meaning and emotions that music communicates. 

“Regardless of your prior singing experience, “Singing Strong” is a comfortable place for anyone to sing out along with all the other enthusiastic participants.  On top of that, being just feet away from Susan’s joyous piano accompaniment, leaves me smiling at the end of each session.”


  • BMC Bravo SocietyThe Brattleboro Music Center relies on volunteers in the community who give generously of their time. We are pleased to honor the following for their help from November 2018 through April 2019:
    Carol Barber, Orion Barber, Rick Barron, Gussie Bartlett, Karen Becker, Mara Berkley, Robert Bonneau, Crager Boardman, Tim Callahan, Terry Carter, Walter Cramer, Charles Crowther, Maisie Crowther, Becky Eisenhandler, Judy Fink, Roberta Flatley, Rob Freeberg, Caleb Fritz, Clara Fritz, Bill Gottesman, Lerna Gottesman, Don Grybko, Sophie Hannah, Freddie Hart, Kimi Hasegawa, Francis Hebert, Cal Heile, Lynn Herzog, Claudia Jacobs, Jonah Johnson, Stephen Lloyd, Joe Madison, Sheila Magnuson, Cecil Maxfield, Steve Minken, Keith Murphy, Ralph Palmer, Guy Payne, Ellen Peters, Virginia Pick, Jon Potter, Jaki Reis, Camille Robertson, Laura Robertson, Monique Shurman, Paul Eric Smith, Becky Tracy, Melissa Trainor, Riis Whitworth, Betsy Willams, Laura Bryant Williams, Pete Wilson and Lani Wright. Also included…the BMC Flute Choir (Robin Matathias: Conductor, Ellen Chornoboy, Jane Olmstead, Amanda Paradis, Shelley Sparks, Caitlin Sullivan, and Lynn Valente) and Gowan Brae (Bruce Frank, Karen Frank Bob Naess, Antje Ruppert, and Alison Schantz)

The Brattleboro Music Center

72 Blanche Moyse Way
Brattleboro, VT  05301

(802) 257-4523