'Tremble Clefs' fight illness with music

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by Catherine Holland

azfamily.com

Posted on July 15, 2011 at 11:06 AM

Updated Friday, Jul 15 at 11:17 AM

SCOTTSDALE and SUN CITY, Ariz. -- A group of Valley residents is fighting their illness one note at a time.

When the Tremble Clefs, a choir made up of people with Parkinson's disease and their caretakers, first started 17 years ago, it was just an idea. Now the non-profit has expanded from Scottsdale to Sun City and even to San Diego and Orange County in Southern California.

Coming together for rehearsals and performances creates a social support system that can help fight the depression that is so common in Parkinson's patients.

Not only does singing together bring joy and social interaction to the members, it's also therapeutic in a physical sense, addressing many of the voice symptoms associated with Parkinson's disease.

"Research has shown that vocal exercise enhances voice volume in people with Parkinson's, and that the presence of music and rhythm improves movement," reads the Tremble Clefs website. "Singing can be both physically and emotionally invigorating, especially when experienced with others who share the same motivation and enthusiasm."

No vocal experience is required to join the Original Tremble Clefs, which meet every Thursday afternoon at the Granite Reef Senior Center. The West Side Tremble Clefs, the Sun City group, meet each Tuesday morning at the Shepherd of the Desert Lutheran Church.

The Tremble Clefs are hosting a free concert Monday afternoon at the Friendship Village in Tempe. The concert starts at 2 p.m. Friendship Village is located at 2645 S. Southern Avenue.

To learn more about the Tremble Clefs, visit TrembleClefs.com.

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