HPCCC has an Interlude Choir which usually rehearses from 6:00-7:30p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. On the 2nd Tuesday practices take place at Morningside Assisted Living Facility located at 500 Penny Lane NE Concord, NC 28025. On the 4th Tuesday practices take place at the Bob & Carolyn Tucker Hospice House located at 5003 Hospice Lane Kannapolis, NC 28081. Director, Kathleen Blackwell-Plank, says "new choir members are welcome to join at any time." Members come together as a group to learn the musical repertoire and then go out in twos and threes to sing at the bedsides of hospice patients. Songs are chosen to respond to the musical taste, spiritual direction and physical capacity of the patient. Songs may include rounds, chants, lullabies, hymns, spirituals, and choral music. This choir offers the opportunity for men and women to share their gift of voice at life’s threshold.
Program brings music, joy to patients
(Article in the Charlotte Observer)
8th Annual Interlude Music Workshop
McKinnon Hospice Center
March 1, 2014
2nd and 4th Tuesdays
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Music Program Director
Kathleen Blackwell-Plank, LCSW, MSW, has a diploma in Violin from North Carolina School of the Arts and is a former member of the Charlotte Symphony. She is the coordinator of the Interlude Music Program. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with seven years experience with Hospice & Palliative Care of Cabarrus County. She utilizes mandolin, harp and voice to provide palliative music for patients. Kathleen has completed her advanced training in Clinical Musicianship with Laurie Riley, CMP. She is certified to play live music for the benefit of patients at their bedsides in hospital, hospice, home care, and nursing home settings and has earned the title of Advanced Certified Clinical Musician (ACCM). Kathleen was awarded the Sharon O. Dixon Award at the Annual Hospice Awards Presentation on March 18, 2007, in Hilton Head, SC. The award recognizes creativity, commitment and excellence in clinical care in a hospice in NC.
In addition, Music Volunteers have been recruited and trained so that even more hospice patients can be served by this program. We now have volunteers to play at Tucker Hospice House, in nursing care facilities and in patients’ homes utilizing harp, bowed psaltry, guitar, flute, mandola and voice.
See Volunteer Opportunities for more information about Music Volunteers.
Hospice & Palliative Care of Cabarrus County is currently recruiting new members for our Interlude Choir program. What is an Interlude Choir? The Interlude Choir is a group of like voices (2 or 3) that sing a cappella in homes, facilities and at hospice houses at the request of the patient or family.
For more information on becoming a choir member contact:
Kathleen Blackwell-Plank at 704-935-9434
Concerts made possible with grants by "The Cabarrus Arts Council"