Programs for Seniors,
Church and  Civic Groups

Music has an amazing power to bring enjoyment, well-being, and meaningful connection in the lives of seniors.

  • Programs span swing, ragtime, and boogie woogie through popular hits of the 1950s and 1960s. 
  • Each program includes anecdotal historical background intended to inform and spark memories of the era.
  • As a vocalist, Cheri is comfortable in leading singalongs as well as soloing. She can provide lyric songsheets in large type to enable singsongs.
  • Programs, offered in all types of settings, are geared to the interests and participation abilities of the audience.
  • Cheri is facile at improvisation, transposition into singable keys, playing by ear, and taking requests.
  • No piano? No problem! Cheri can bring her portable and realistic-sounding digital piano, sound, and microphone. Only an electrical outlet is needed!
  • For special occasions, volunteer appreciation events, or holiday parties, she can also furnish a small combo.
  • References are available upon request.

Programs are:

Golden Age of American Popular Piano 1890-1950:  Ragtime, Stride, Blues, and Boogie-Woogie.  The music of Scott Joplin, James P. Johnson, Pinetop Smith, Mary Lou Williams, Pete Johnson, George Gershwin, and Fats Waller, with stories of its history and colorful personalities, with discussion of the broader cultural milieu.

The Great American Songbook 1910-1949: A survey of the Golden Age of American popular song, with memory-sparking stories and history behind the songs, the composers, and the performers:  Ellington, the Gershwins, Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hart, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra and others. Vocal and piano solos, along with swingin' singalongs such as All of Me,  Who’s Sorry Now, On the Sunnyside of the Street, and It Had to Be You.

A Swingin' Singalong:  Hits from 1920s-1940s (All of Me, Who’s Sorry Now, Blue Skies, On the Sunnyside of the Street, Don’t Get Around Much Anymore, It Had to Be You). Songsheets furnished. Tapping toes and smiles guaranteed!

1920-40’s: Sampler:  Vocal renditions of the great songs,  along with solo piano styles of the time:  ragtime, boogie-woogie, and stride.  Some singalong optional.

Hits of the 1950s and 1960s:  Two programs:   

  • The Adult Contemporary Music of Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett, Henry Mancini, Burt Bacharach. Singalong and piano/vocal solos.
  • Rock and Roll hits 1956-1969:  Elvis, Everly Brothers, Beatles, Motown, Neil Diamond.  Singalong and piano/vocal solos.  Super fun for your summer picnic!

Spirituals:  Piano Solos and Singalongs.  The captivating and expressive song of the Afro-Americans, now part of every American’s heritage and the genesis of American blues, jazz, country, and rock.  Presented in blues and boogie-woogie jazz piano styles. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, This Little Light of Mine, Standin’ in the Need of Prayer, Go Down Moses, Wade in the Water, Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho, Go Tell It On the Mountain.  Discussion of the history and culture behind the music.

Beloved Hymns:  Piano Solos and Singalongs.  Jazzy renditions of Great Is Thy Faithfulness, How Great Thou Art, When Peace Like a River, Precious Lord, Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory, Shall We Gather at the River, Just a Closer Walk With Thee, Leaning on the Everlasting Arms, Blessed Assurance, and any requests. Songsheets provided.

Holiday/Seasonal Singalongs.  Christmas carols, patriotic themes for Independence/Memorial Day observance, love songs for Valentine’s Day. Songsheets provided.

"The residents are still talking about your amazing performance! We would like to get you on the calendar for the rest of the year."  A. W.

“Wonderfully Entertaining. Five Stars.  She plays and sings beautifully, and we so enjoyed learning more about the music, and how it changed through time.”  D. J. 

 “You did a very nice job of interacting with the residents, making the residents feel a part of the performance, (which is) more enjoyable for them.” S. B. 

"SO appropriate, fun, & well-received! The residents loved you and I am very anxious to have you back! " B. H.-L. 

Rates:

Price is typically $100-125/hour, your budget permitting.