Deb McTaggart is a Board-Certified Music Therapist with a Master’s degree in Gerontology, now living and practicing in Fargo, ND. She has focused her career on creating and presenting innovative and engaging music programming for persons with dementia. From 2014 to 2021, she was a Teaching Artist at the MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis.
Deb began her work at MacPhail with Giving Voice Chorus (GVC), a ground-breaking and award-winning vocal ensemble comprised of persons with dementia, their care partners and volunteers. She was a member of the core team that founded GVC, and served as the accompanist for three Giving Voice Choruses in the Twin Cities. In addition to her involvement with GVC, she provided MacPhail Music For Life™ programming for numerous elder care partnership communities, and conducted several MacPhail Sing For Life Choruses.
She also served as the Music Therapist at Johanna Shores (Presbyterian Homes of Arden Hills) for nine years. Prior to pursuing a career in Music Therapy, Deb was a private piano instructor.
In 2021, Deb moved to Fargo and founded Sage Music Services (SMS). SMS produces and presents music and music-related educational and life-enriching programs and services. SMS primarily serves adults with cognitive impairments (dementia), elderly adults and adults with developmental disabilities.
Deb graduated from Bemidji State University with a Bachelor’s degree in music and completed her Music Therapy Program at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. She earned her Master’s degree in Gerontology from Bethel University in St. Paul.
Deb sings with the Master Chorale of Fargo-Moorhead and the Bemidji State University Alumni Choir. She also sings and plays keyboard for the worship team at Living Waters Lutheran Church.
Assistant Director Info coming soon.
Elizabeth Andrew once said, “Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.” Sing From Your Heart Chorus is blessed by special people who are giving their hearts (and their time and talents) to lead our efforts. We are so grateful to these current and founding members of our Advisory Committee:
Executive Board of Directors
Memory Café of Red River Valley
Elizabeth Hilt, MS
Director, Restorative Justice
* Chorus Accompanist / Grant Writer
Abby Husar, MS, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist / Owner
Maggie Ness, LBSW
Alzheimer's Association MN-ND
Deb McTaggart, MA, MT-BC
Founder & Principal
Sage Music Services
* Chorus Director
Jon McTaggart, MPA
The Platinum Group