The Good Memories choir.Submitted photo

The Good Memories Choir, a singing group for people with early-stage memory loss is launching in its new Evanston location starting in September.

Led by professional musicians and supported by volunteer singers, Good Memories begins its fall session on Sept. 5 with weekly rehearsals at the Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave. Snacks are provided at noon, followed by rehearsal from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. The session will culminate in a free community performance in December that includes choir members, care-givers and volunteers.

Sandy Siegel Miller, Good Memories program director, notes, “In the Good Memories Choir, we restore [adults, living at home, who have early-stage dementia] to the wider community by welcoming and embracing them and their care partners and providing an environment of joy, fun and support.”

Longtime Evanston resident Helen Gagel joins the Good Memories staff as the Evanston Choir Coordinator. Ms. Gagel says, “Making music together is a joyful experience for people with early-stage dementia, their care partners and the volunteers who will add their voices to the choir.”  

Registrations are in pairs, including the singer and the care partner. Information and registration are available at or by emailing smiller@soundsgood or calling 630-253-3392.