Tafel Talks: Emotional Rescue

Thu Mar 18, 2021 at 7pm EDT Online

How do choirs and choral singing enhance our wellbeing physically, mentally, and spiritually, while encouraging collaboration and community-building? 

Listening to a group of people singing can be an uplifting experience, but did you know that actually participating in choral singing is a powerful way to enhance overall wellbeing? In our conversation featuring panelists from Brooklyn, San Diego, and Toronto, we explore how choral singing affects our minds and bodies, and how choirs help us connect with each other.

In addition to the sheer joy of singing in a group setting, the physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of choral singing —from the endorphins generated by deep breathing to the complex cognitive and emotional engagement— have a profound, positive effect on the human body.

Enjoyed by everyone from young children to seniors, choral singing is a lifelong pursuit that can reduce feelings of isolation while fostering a sense of community. A 2019 Chorus America study found that choirs are “powerhouses for civic engagement and creating community connections.”

Whether presented as an expression of solidarity or as part of formal worship, choral singing has the power to enrich and nurture our souls. 

This event will be available to watch for 48 hours after the broadcast date, until March 20, 2021 at 6:59pm EST. 

This event is $5. Please note, a service charge of $1 will be applied to each ticket at checkout. 


ArinMaya: founding member, arranger and musical director with the Resistance Revival Chorus; songwriter and performer, sound healer and activist

Jody Malone: Artistic Director Singing OUT, Toronto’s Largest LGBTQ+ Choir; music teacher/choral conductor at Cawthra Park Secondary School for the Performing Arts

Ruben Valenzuela: founder and Artistic Director of the Bach Collegium San Diego, musicologist, Director of Music and Organist of All Souls' Episcopal Church, Point Loma, and Choral Director of the La Jolla Symphony Chorus


Cory Knight (Toronto) tenor, Tafelmusik Chamber Choir