Renaissance Marquis Teams Up with Lee University to Bring Virtual Arts Learning to Rome Seniors

Through the university’s Encore program, residents at Renaissance Marquis are experiencing a health-promoting exposure to music under Maestro Bob Bernhardt.

ROME, Ga. (October 23, 2020) – In fulfilling the commitment to promote good health, mental stimulation, and social engagement for its residents during the pandemic, Renaissance Marquis and its sister facilities across the Southeast have teamed up with Lee University to enroll 250 seniors in a virtual arts learning program hosted by Artist-in-Residence Maestro Bob Bernhardt.

 

In weekly webinars streamed every Friday in October, Maestro Bernhardt, artist-in-residence at Lee University and Principal Pops Conductor of the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra, explores and discusses pieces of music from the middle ages to modern-day and dives into how they can ignite emotions in listeners.

 

Titled “Pandemic Playlist,” these virtual classes feature Maestro Bernhardt talking about and playing excerpts from classical and film music that has helped him navigate these uncharted waters. Each online session features the music of reflection, gratitude, joy, and triumph, the music of all kinds that both soothes and enriches the spirit.

 

“Before the pandemic, our residents’ days were filled with outings and field trips. With increased restrictions due to COVID-19, they still have engaging activities scheduled throughout the day, but we’ve had to really think outside the box to ensure interesting, fulfilling and safe experiences are available to them. With this joint effort between Lee University and Legacy Senior Living’s network of facilities, Encore has been a home run because it offers fun, creativity, and a true treat for the senses in the form of Maestro Bernhardt’s music discussions,” said Renita Carnes, Executive Director for Renaissance Marquis. 

 

“Programs like this are much more than a leisure activity for our residents. This type of engagement is a very positive factor in promoting good health for seniors. The social and cognitive engagement help keep their minds working and staying sharp, which is of course essential in the aging process,” said Barry Ray, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Legacy Senior Living, which manages Renaissance Marquis. 

 

Of the approximately 500 students enrolled in the Encore program this semester, 250 are residents of Renaissance Marquis and its sister facilities across the Legacy Senior Living network in five Southeastern states. Legacy Senior Living has covered the $25 enrollment fee for each resident who wished to enroll. 

 

“Lee University has done an outstanding job of adapting to virtual programming during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we’re beyond grateful for the opportunity to provide our residents with this enriching experience in the arts,” said Carnes. 

 

Each student, including Renaissance Marquis enrollees, will have the opportunity to participate in a graduation ceremony in November to celebrate the knowledge gained throughout the course. 

 

PHOTO CAPTION: Residents from Legacy Village of Cleveland engage through music with Lee University’s online Encore program.

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About Renaissance Marquis - Rome, GA

About Renaissance Marquis

Located on 11 beautiful acres across from Georgia Highlands College, Renaissance Marquis offers a full range of helpful services in a secure, attentive, homelike atmosphere to those looking for a senior living community or independent living in Rome, Ga. The assisted living, independent living and Alzheimer's memory care facilities are among the region's largest and most up-to-date.

Renaissance Marquis has set the standard for senior housing and retirement services in north Georgia. More information is available at (706) 295-0014 or www.renaissancemarquis.com.

Renaissance Marquis is part of a family of senior living communities throughout the eastern United States owned and/or operated by Legacy Senior Living, of Cleveland, Tenn. Legacy Senior Living specializes in offering independent living, assisted living, and Alzheimer’s care services. More information is available at legacysl.net.

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