Dartmouth-Hitchcock Awarded Grant to Fund Program to Help Individuals with Respiratory, Vocal Issues from Parkinson’s, Other Conditions

Image shows an elderly woman and man singing together.

You don’t need to have experience or talent in singing to get benefit and enjoyment from these singing workshops; the goal is to have fun and be part of a supportive community.

Angelynne Hinson

The Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H) Arts & Humanities Program was recently awarded an Arts in Health grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, to fund a new initiative to help people with speaking and respiratory issues. The grant, totaling $6,000, is the maximum amount given for Arts in Health grants from the Council.

The new program, titled “Singing Workshops for People with Parkinson’s and Other Vocal and Breathing Challenges,” will have three sessions with five virtual workshops per session. The program is designed for adults with Parkinson’s disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and others with respiratory/vocal production issues. The singing workshops are also beneficial for people with multiple sclerosis (MS) and some post-stroke aphasia patients. Each 90-minute workshop will be led by Angelynne Hinson, an independent artist and voice educator from Portsmouth, NH. Hinson will lead participants in efficient singing voice techniques, including movement and breathing exercises, vocal warm-ups and sing-a-longs. After each singing workshop, participants will receive a follow up email with links for further listening and learning.

“This series offers an innovative approach for individuals with speech and breathing problems to take control of their vocal issues and regain confidence,” Hinson said. “You don’t need to have experience or talent in singing to get benefit and enjoyment from these singing workshops; the goal is to have fun and be part of a supportive community."

“This program would not be possible without this generous grant from the State Council on the Arts,” said Marianne Barthel, Director of the Arts & Humanities Program. “We offer our deep thanks to the Council for awarding us this grant and its commitment to improving the lives of Granite Staters through the arts.”

The first session of “Singing Workshops for People with Parkinson’s and Other Vocal and Breathing Challenges” begins on October 7. It is open to 25 participants and caregivers are welcome to join in with participants. To register, visit https://events.dartmouth-hitchcock.org/event/singing-workshops-for-people-with-vocal-and-breathing-challenges/.

About Dartmouth-Hitchcock

DARTMOUTH-HITCHCOCK HEALTH (D-HH), New Hampshire’s only academic health system and the state’s largest private employer, serves a population of 1.9 million across Northern New England. D-H provides access to more than 2,400 providers in almost every area of medicine, delivering care at its flagship hospital, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) in Lebanon, NH. DHMC was named in 2019 as the #1 hospital in New Hampshire by U.S. News & World Report, and recognized for high performance in 13 clinical specialties and procedures. Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health also includes the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, one of only 51 NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the nation; the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, the state’s only children’s hospital; affiliated member hospitals in Lebanon, Keene, and New London, NH, and Windsor, VT, and Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire; and 24 Dartmouth-Hitchcock clinics that provide ambulatory services across New Hampshire and Vermont. The D-H system trains nearly 400 residents and fellows annually, and performs world-class research, in partnership with the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and the White River Junction VA Medical Center in White River Junction, VT.