The Chime Strokers is a tone chime choir that originated in Peoria Illinois in early 2011 that is comprised of stroke survivors and caregivers led by a Music Therapist. The chimers grew from an experience at one of our early Stroke Camps and has become an arm of United Stroke Alliance as the ensemble perform locally with their message of hope.
They have created a musical set that provides the audiences with information on the signs of stroke and some narrative about prevention. There have been other chimes choirs that have grown from the experience of playing the chimes at Stroke Camp. There is no need to have any music background to play in the chimes choir, the music is played using color charts.
The Ringers of Hope Stroke Survivor Chimes Choir is a weekly music therapy support group for stroke survivors led by Amy Baumert, MS, MT-BC. Since March 2013 the Ringers of Hope have performed all over Phoenix, AZ, spreading the message that there is hope after stroke. Through various music-based interventions, the Ringers of Hope work on therapeutic goals, including improving their speech, increasing breath support, and strengthening muscles that have been affected by stroke. Our common refrain is that we not only survive, we thrive. Our central goal is to encourage other stroke survivors that they can likewise thrive in a new normal.