Holiday cheer comes to the Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation thanks to a special music team from the University of New Mexico.
Jessica Richardson, speech-language pathology researcher and associate professor, brings the Neurochoir to play at the Festival of Trees.
The annual fundraiser invites over 10,000 people over the course of three days to raise money for the hospital and the children inside.
Richardson said it’s also a time to recognize what is special on the Neurochoirmade up of singers recovering from brain damage.
“It’s wonderful to know that we are contributing to a great cause while spreading joy and raising awareness about different brain injuries and diseases, such as stroke, TBI, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, etc. said Richardson.
Since 2016, the Neurochoir has helped unite these usually isolated recovering patients to bring joy to the community.
It’s a great experience and a great performance – something Richardson says you can’t miss.
“Some of our members may have difficulty speaking clearly, finding words, walking or remembering, but they are able to come together to unite their voices in a song,” she said.
The UNM Neurochoir also partners with the Corrales Neurochoir, directed by Nicole Gallegos. Everyone is excited to bring back veteran singers and introduce new performers to the community,
“Many of our choir members have been with us since the beginning – since 2016 they have been inspiring and educating the community,” Richardson said. “For some new members of the choir, this will be their first performance and they are delighted with the opportunity.”
Enjoy the Neurochoirs spreading holiday cheer at the ABQ Uptown Marriott, during the Festival of Trees on Saturday, November 26 at 2 p.m. There could be a special joint appearance with the jolly man in a big red suit.