NEW! Coming October 21 - 24, 2014!

“Renewing My Voice – Refreshing My Spirit”

at beautiful Cannon Beach Conference Center on the Oregon Coast.

Teachers will include: Dr. Ruthanna Metzgar (Music and Voice), Peter Lind Harris (Speech, Diction and Drama), Doug Fakkema (Chaplain and Bible Teacher), Jack Bishop (Pianist). Conference is open to anyone, but especially those who have an aging voice, Parkinson's, stroke, or any neurological disorder that compromises speech. The retreat will also be beneficial to those who want to proactively protect their voices as they age. Whether you are a non-singer or a soloist, have a neurological disorder or are a caregiver / loved one, you will benefit from this retreat vocally and spiritually. The study of God's word and learning to integrate the meaning of songs we sing in praise and worship will also be a component of the retreat The Cannon Beach Conference Center is located on the spectacular north Oregon coast, 75 miles northwest of Portland in the beautiful resort town of Cannon Beach, consistently named one of the top ten beaches in the nation.

Registration is now OPEN...but act quickly, as spaces are filling! Click here for all the details!


It can be devastating to lose the ability to speak clearly or communicate effectively with family, friends, or caregivers.  Because speech is the cornerstone of communication, SongShine FoundationTM is committed to improving the lives of people with neurologically compromised speech through low or no cost music-based vocal therapy.  Whether you have Parkinson's disease, have had a stroke, have other neurological disorders, or simply an aging voice, we WELCOME you.

SongShine is designed to be a positive learning experience.  It is an opportunity to allow music to lift your spirit, touch your heart, release memories, and strengthen your speaking voice.  SongShine provides a supportive and interactive community created for you.

is not intended to replace scientifically based traditional medicine, regular visits to your doctor, traditional speech therapy, or physical therapy.

SongShine was developed from information gleaned throughout forty-plus years of teaching voice, reading, working with speech pathologists and otolaryngologists, and exploring ideas with colleagues.  It is my hope that being a part of the SongShine family will give you a greater appreciation for the joy and healing power or music.

Click here for the story behind SongShine's beginning.

Dr. Ruthanna Metzgar,
                         Brief interviews with some of the SongShine Singers and Players:
SongShine Founder and Director                 Click to experience the Magic of SongShine     

Palm Desert / Coachella Valley Flagship Class

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Under the direction of Dr. Ruthanna Metzgar and Mr. Peter Harris, SongShine Singers and Players present The Story and the Music of "The Music Man", by Meredith Willson. See links below to listen and see their performance.

Click here for SINCERE                                                   
Click here for PICK-A-LITTLE                                          
Click here for MY WHITE KNIGHT                                  
Click here for WELLS FARGO WAGON
Click here for SHIPOOPI                                                  

Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Over 600 attendees give a standing ovation to the Palm Desert / Coachella Valley SongShine Singers and Players for their performance of Fiddler on the Roof. See links below to listen and see their performance.

What's Coming Up:

Evansville, IN SongShine has their Fall class open for registration. Click here for more information and to register online.
COACHELLA VALLEY / PALM DESERT CLASSES The Coachella Valley / Palm Desert SongShine has two Fall classes open for registration. Click here for more information and to register and pay online.

KELOWNA CLASS Kelowna, BC SongShine class is on-going, meeting every week. See the Classes page for more information.

SongShine In The News:

The Kelowna, BC SongShine class is featured on the Go! Okanagan program on Shaw TV. Click here to view the news segment.

On August 14, 2014, SongShine Evansville volunteers presented a one hour workshop as part of the Mid-America Institute on Aging, which was held a the University of Southern Indiana. Click here for more details.

Evansville SongShine is featured in Maturity Journal. Click here to read the article.

Anacortes SongShine is featured in the Skagit Valley Herald. Click here to read the article.

Coachella Valley / Palm Desert join forces with Pegasus Foundation to bring cheer to children and create a Flash Mob surprise for all present. Click here to watch the video!

Palm Desert / Coachella Valley SongShine is featured in The Desert Health News! Click here to read the article.

Evansville SongShine class is featured in the Evansville Courier and Press Newspaper!  Click here to read the article.

Anacortes SongShine is mentioned in the Anacortes American weekly newspaper. Click here for the article.

Evansville SongShine class is featured on Channel 14 news!  Click here for the video, photo, and article.

Video - "I'm Still Me" at SongShine Celebration Concert

Video - "Getting the Voice Back Through SongShine"

is featured in Desert Health News. Click here to see the article and photos.