Love Notes Chorus appreciates the generosity of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas and St. Matthew's Episcopal Church of Austin.
A Gift of Love
Music Memories Austin, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) under the direction of Edie Elkjer, and her business partner, Susie Higley, began facilitating workshops three years ago at Memory Powered by Active Connections (MPAC), St. Matthew’s respite care for people with Alzheimer’s.
Realizing the tremendous impact of music on people suffering from this debilitating disease, Edie and Susie were inspired to learn more about Giving Voice Chorus, a chorus made up of persons with Alzheimer’s, their caregivers, and volunteers which began in Minneapolis/St. Paul. This encouraged Edie and Susie to launch Love Notes Chorus (LNC) in September 2019.
LNC is made up of the ideal ratio recommended by Giving Voice of one-third persons with varying stages of Alzheimer’s, one-third caregivers, and one-third volunteers.
In preparing for LNC’s first concert in November 2019, Austin’s public radio station’s (KUT) documentarist, Michelle Dahlenburg, produced an initial seven-minute radio feature about LNC. This piece followed the chorus from the first rehearsal through the concert, including interviews with various choir members living with memory loss. An estimated 350 people attended the November 2019 Love Notes Chorus concert, garnering a strong foundation and motivating more participation within the community. Some attending the performance and others hearing it publicized on the radio will participate in the LNC spring concert.
To learn more about how you can participate in LNC, please email
Edie Elkjer or Susie Higley at: