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Maine Musician-Soprano-Wedding Performer

Music Ministry to the Sick and the Dying

The universal language of music is calming, comforting, healing, and uplifting at all stages of life. For those in the last stages of life, music can convey emotions that are too profound for words alone.

As a Certified Music Practitioner and trained Hospice volunteer, I am available to visit with those who are home-bound, in the hospital, a skilled nursing or memory care facility, a hospice, or other clinical settings to share song with them, whether their preference is religious music, musical theater, or the Great American Songbook.

If your loved one would like to actively share singing or would simply find hearing favorite songs or hymns comforting, I would be honored to spend time with them. My goal is to address their immediate needs and provide a healing environment. They don’t need to do or say anything. They can just be. Many studies have shown that live therapeutic music is beneficial even to those who are unconscious or comatose.

Benefits of Live Therapeutic Music

▪ Reduces blood pressure ▪ Accelerates surgical recovery, physical healing
▪ Stabilizes heart rate ▪ Fosters a sense of safety and well-being
▪ Relieves anxiety and stress ▪ Provides distraction from pain and discomfort
▪ Reduces need for anesthesia, pain relievers ▪ Induces mental imaging
▪ Increases endorphin levels ▪ Elicits emotional catharsis
▪ Boosts the immune system ▪ Sharpens mental focus
▪ Positively impacts respiration ▪ Slows down and equalizes brain waves
▪ Decreases muscular tension ▪ Provides companionship
▪ Improves body movement and coordination

My Professional Training

• Certified Music Practitioner (Vocals) by the MHTP (Music for Healing and Transition Program), which is accredited by the National Standards Board for Therapeutic Musicians. (http://www.mhtp.org)
I successfully completed a training program that included 80 hours of classroom time coupled with a practicum of direct bedside musical work with approximately 100 patients.

• Trained Hospice Volunteer

Additional Information

• My Certified Music Practitioner (CMP) resumé

 

Download Resume in PDF

 

• Further information about therapeutic music HERE.

 

• View my music training and performance resume HERE.

Testimonials

Repertoire

  • Classic
  • Popular
  • Religious
  • Opera
  • Musical theatre

Languages

  • English
  • Italian
  • German
  • French

Occasions & Venues

  • Concerts
  • Weddings
  • Funerals
  • Weekly religious services
  • Recitals
  • Fundraisers
  • Special events
  • Senior residence facilities
Contact Anne Olivo-Soprano

 Celebrating A Life With Song

departing-spiritThe universal language of music is calming, healing, uplifting, and unifying when people gather together in remembrance. Live singing can add so much to the service, both by celebrating a life through the music and by giving time for reflection during the service itself.

I have sung at funerals and memorial services for over 30 years.  I find these among the most meaningful experiences of my life.  Each person is a precious part of the human family and deserves reverence and remembrance.  This honoring of a life is my intention whenever I sing at funerals or memorial services.

There are different service outlines you can follow for selecting music. Your service location or officiant can give you a planning outline to assist you.  If you need further assistance, I am happy to consult with you in choosing service music.

Once the music has been chosen, I will contact the instrumentalist at the service venue to arrange a time for us to rehearse together to prepare for the service.

Visit: Funeral/Memorial Service Planner