Inspired by a hospice chaplain while caring for her beloved Godmother in 2004, Jodi L. Glass discovered the work of Kate Munger of Threshold Choir. In the years that followed, Jodi planted the seeds to organize a similar group to serve the Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts communities by offering singing at the end of life.
Starting with about 20 women, Grace Note Singers was officially established in 2013 with Jodi L. Glass and Debbie Block as co-directors. In June 2015, Grace Note Singers joined the Threshold Choir network of 150 choirs from around the world. We regularly offer our voices at hospice centers, extended care facilities, and in private homes when called by a facility or family members to support their loved ones at the end of life.
Also in 2015, our co-directors stepped aside and we are now guided by a leader-full community of wise and generous women who share their gifts with all of us. Under this new leadership model, we continue to deepen our bedside singing practice. The effort to include more members in the organization and governance of the choir expresses the desire of the members to be a leader-full organization providing all members with the opportunity to serve and lead.
Our goal in singing at the bedside is to bring peace and comfort to those who are nearing the end of their days, and to their loved ones.
Please see The Founder’s Story for a more complete genesis of the herstory of Grace Note Singers.
"Bedside singing broke us all wide open. It was just what we needed." a wife