Jeanie Brindley-Barnett is Co-Founder and Senior teaching artist of MacPhail Music for Life™, a pioneering music program for adults 55+. She is a respected leader in the field of arts and aging and is known for her work as a presenter, keynote speaker, teaching artist, mentor, consultant, and course and curriculum design specialist. Jeanie’s work has been highlighted by the National Center for Creative Aging, National Guild for Community Arts Organizations, American Choral Director Association, Chorus America, Aroha Philanthropies, ArtSage, Minnesota State Arts Board, Minnesota Statewide Activities Professionals, Very Special Arts, the Caregivers Annual Expo, Meeting of the Minds, and national and state Leading Age.
Jeanie is Artistic Director of Giving Voice, a chorus for those with dementia, their care partners, and volunteers. She conducts three Giving Voice choruses—two Minneapolis choruses and one St. Paul chorus. In 2014, MacPhail Center for Music formed a strategic alliance with Giving Voice.
From 2006-2016, Jeanie was Music Director of LeagueAires women’s chorus establishing the first community chorus partnership with MacPhail Center for Music, MacPhail Music for Life™ program.
In 2009, Jeanie, with inspired leadership from Stuart MacPhail, resident of Friendship Village of Bloomington, MN, son of William S. MacPhail, founder of MacPhail Center for Music, launched the premiere MMFL™ Sing for Life chorus at Friendship Village.
Currently, there are five Sing for Life choruses within the MacPhail Music for Life™ program.
From 1999-2011, Jeanie was a member of the voice faculty at MacPhail.
Favorite non-musical hobby: Gardening
“Jeannie is excellent at encouraging, supporting and challenging members of the Alzheimer’s chorus. She also has a wonderful sense of humor.”