Music can unlock memories that we may have otherwise lost. This past spring, the Choral Art Society (CAS) of Maine presented Time Remembered — Time Forgotten, the New England premiere of Alzheimer’s Stories, to create awareness of the link between music and memory. Today we speak with CAS board member & vocal soloist Andrea Graichen, program director for the Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter, William Kirkpatrick, about this interesting collaboration.
Andrea Graichen is a frequent soloist in the Greater Portland area, performing a wide variety of alto and mezzo-soprano repertoire. She is a longtime member of the Choral Art Society and the St. Mary Schola early music ensemble. Andrea serves on the board of directors of the Choral Art Society. In the past she has worked in senior care and in health care. Currently, she is working as a classical music vocal soloist.
William Kirkpatrick received his master’s of social work degree from Boston College in 1978, and a certificate in bioethics and health policy from the Neiswanger Institute of Bioethics at Loyola University in 2010. He has over thirty years experience in health and mental health, with particular strengths, accomplishments and demonstrated expertise in medical social work, end-of-life care, bioethics, education and training of students at the graduate level of social work and first and second year medical students at the Alpert Medical School at Brown University. He is the program director for the Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter and lives in Brunswick, Maine.