Community of Voices

The Community of Voices research study (2012–2018) examined whether singing in a community choir could promote health and well-being among culturally diverse older adults using a cluster-randomized clinical trial design. The Community of Voices choir program comprised weekly choir sessions for 12 months. Sessions were held at senior centers throughout San Francisco, and professional choir directors lead the sessions.

The study was a 3-way partnership between the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), the San Francisco Community Music Center, and 12 San Francisco Department of Disability and Aging senior centers. It was funded by a grant to UCSF from the National Institute on Aging (award numbers R01AG042526 and P30AG15272) and the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (UL1 TR000004) at the National Institutes of Health. The Principal Investigator is Julene K Johnson, PhD, a Professor at the UCSF Institute for Health & Aging and UCSF Center for Aging in Diverse Communities.