With the Voices Heard Choir, Singers with Serious Mental Illness Tell Their Story

    Voices Heard Choir began a little over two years ago when staff at Andrew Residence partnered with MacPhail Center for Music to bring Melissa Wenszell and Hilary Fredenburg to lead music programming for interested residents. Many of the choir’s members have schizophrenia and regularly experience auditory hallucinations. The name they selected was a nod to that reality — with a clear acknowledgment of the group’s larger mission.

    “The choir members chose their own name,” Wenszell said. “They picked Voices Heard because it is a pun on the expression ‘hearing voices,’ but they also liked the name because it explains how they want their audiences to hear what they have to say. They want to use their music to deliver a message.”

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