Musicum, home of The ‘Friskör’ University Choir rehearsals. Photo: Rebecca Måwe.2023-01-19
Choir singing as wellness activity
The ‘Friskör’ University Choir was launched in the latter half of the 2000s and is open to all members of staff at Uppsala University.
“We currently have around 25–35 active members, but anyone interested in joining is welcome to contact us,” says the choir’s coordinator, Erik Åstrand.
The choir members come from various departments and disciplinary domains.
“It’s an interesting mix of people; old and young, administrators and professors.”
Åstrand notes that many people look forward to rehearsals. It breaks up the working week and fosters an enduring sense of well-being, which is backed up by a large body of research on the effects of choir singing.
“So far I have only ever seen positive effects. It benefits both physical and mental health. A perfect way to use your wellness hour, for instance!”
Friskör is scheduled to hold a short performance at ‘TeA’ day in the Uppsala University Main Building on 9 March.
Friskör rehearses at Musicum between 15:45–17:15 on around ten Thursdays each semester. The first session for spring semester 2023 will be held on Thursday 26 January.
Anyone interested is welcome to contact the choir’s coordinator, email@example.com.