|Initially composed of six singers, the group now numbers more than two
dozen area volunteers. Few of Journey Song’s members are professional musicians; most are busy with other activities, but have made a priority of
caring for others through the special medium of music. All Journey Song performances are offered to the community pro bono.
Journey Song is a group of volunteer singers dedicated to
bringing the comfort of vocal music, secular and sacred, to those
nearing the end of life.
Based in the New Hampshire Seacoast, Journey Song was
founded in 2007 by hospice volunteer Karen Parker Feld. Through her
work with the elderly and dying, Karen realized that music could be
a source of pleasure and comfort for those who would otherwise find it difficult to communicate. Beyond her love of music and her children,
Karen owns and operates KPF Global Investment Strategies, an investment advisory firm based in Kensington, NH.
In its formative years, Journey Song was led by Music Director
Kimberly Oppelt, an accomplished vocal soloist who is active in many regional and local ensembles. Kimberly brought musical excellence and enthusiasm to the fledgling group. Journey Song is now led by interim
music director Sally Wool, a veteran choral director of the Stratham Community Church, who has taught music to children and adults
in many settings, over many years. In her day job, Sally is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in private practice in Portsmouth NH. Under Kimberly and Sally, Journey Song developed a broad repertoire, which includes sacred hymns, folk music, gospel songs, big band tunes, lullabies popular tunes and seasonal favorites.