Health and Wellness Programs

Getty Education and Community Investment Grants Recipients 2012-2013

Detroit Symphony Orchestra, for its Neighborhood Residency Initiative, encompassing the orchestra’s entire roster of concerts, education programs, engagement activities, recitals, and senior programs which take place outside of Orchestra Hall. A strong component of the program is health and wellness; the orchestra assists children and adults of all ages, bringing its musicians to assisted care facilities, senior centers and hospitals for performance, music therapy sessions, and personal interaction. Among the multiple partners the orchestra engages to facilitate its services are Detroit Medical Center Children's Hospital of Michigan, and Henry Ford Health System.

Hartford Symphony Orchestra (with partner Hebrew Health Care) for its new Musicians Care Project (MCP): Five new in-facility programs for the elderly and disabled include creating and recording music around their life stories, and offering elderly patients in the final stages of their lives a performance of a song of particular personal resonance.

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, to expand its Music & Wellness program at the University of Tennessee Medical Center’s Cancer Institute. The program, which currently provides live musical performances for patients to enhance the healing process, will now employ a part-time certified Music Therapist.

Madison Symphony Orchestra, for continuation of HeartStrings, its music therapy-informed program using live music to address the physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of adults and children with disabilities and long-term illnesses, as well as aging populations with dementia and assisted-living needs.

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, to establish its Autism Community Initiative, a series of chamber music programs that are tailored to meet the developmental needs of children and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). This season’s program will serve more than 1000 youth and adults with autism, with six program partners in nine locations in Mercer and Essex Counties. The chamber music programs meet New Jersey’s Core Curriculum Content Standards, and the music is used by the orchestra’s program partners for cultural enrichment, and as an aid to reinforce positive behavior.

Phoenix Symphony, for its B-Sharp Music Wellness Initiative, a music wellness program for health care and community facilities that serve the homeless population. Symphony musicians comprising duos, trios, quartets and quintets, will perform monthly at two facilities: Circle the City, which provides respite care for homeless adults in need of recovery following hospitalization, and Lodestar Day Resource Center, which offers shelter, food and structured activities during daytime hours.

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, to help fund its Music and Wellness program, taking place at UPMC Children’s Hospital, UPMC Shadyside Hospital, Allegheny Valley School, Gilda’s Club and Veterans Hospital. More than 22 Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra musicians are active participants in the program, which integrates live chamber music performances with music therapy to provide music and wellness sessions for small groups of hospital patients, families and staff. The orchestra is also developing a music and wellness online resource center to provide arts organizations, healthcare facilities, and the general public with information about music and wellness.

Portland Symphony Orchestra (Maine), to establish a comprehensive music and wellness program in order to improve the healing process and reduce stress levels of hospital patients, employees, and patients’ visiting families. The two-part program, in partnership with the New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland (NERHP), will include live, in-hospital therapeutic performances by PSO musician ensembles as well as a stress-reduction program for hospital employees that combines live classical music with resistive muscle movement and deep breathing exercises.

St. Louis Symphony, to develop SymphonyCares, a program providing free concerts and music therapy for adults and children in area hospitals, assisted living centers and nursing homes. One part of the program features joint performances for children by an orchestra violinist and a clown; duos of St. Louis Symphony musicians also perform monthly for patients receiving chemotherapy infusions at Saint Louis University Cancer Center. The orchestra is now expanding facilities and patients served, as well as the number of STL Symphony musicians involved, and will now perform at The Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and, separately, for children and adults with development and intellectual disabilities.