2006 Bank of America Awardees

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s “Music and Wellness Program”

The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s (KSO) Music and Wellness Program was established in the 2003-04 season to explore the ways that music has a positive impact on patients in a healthcare setting.  KSO quartets performed programs in hospital waiting areas, in the play room of the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, at The Wellness Community (a nonprofit organization that offers counseling services to patients undergoing medical treatment), and at the Tennessee School for the Deaf.  In subsequent years the KSO formed additional partnerships with Knoxville chapter of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the University of Tennessee Medical Center.  The Music and Wellness program has since expanded to eighteen individual programs, serving more than 750 patients and family members annually.  Additionally, the program offers professional development for the KSO musicians performing in the healthcare environment.  The KSO will continue to arrange further collaborations between healthcare providers and the musicians in order to further extend the healing power of music.

For more information, contact:
Jennifer Barnett, Director of Education and Outreach
Knoxville Symphony Orchestra
P.O. Box 360
Knoxville, TN  37901
(865) 521-2305
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Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s "Wilkinsburg Education and Community Engagement Program"

In 2003 the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) formed the Wilkinsburg/PSO Community Engagement Committee to identify and support music education needs in Wilkinsburg, a diverse and underserved community in the Pittsburgh region. The Committee members span a broad representation of the community, including educators, politicians, members of various religious entities, and PSO staff members. The PSO partners with the Wilkinsburg community and school district to provide music education programs and performance opportunities for both children and adults. One key aspect of the program includes bringing the full Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to Wilkinsburg High School for a benefit performance, the funds from which are used to benefit a newly formed after-school elementary band program in the Wilkinsburg Public Schools. Other components of the Wilkinsburg Education and Community Engagement Program include making ongoing PSO programs more accessible to the Wilkinsburg community: Fiddlesticks Family Concerts, Saturday morning concerts for families with children ages 3-8; Schooltime Concerts, free concerts for students in grades 2, 4, and 6; Tiny Tots Concerts, free concerts for children ages 3-6; Unlocking the Classics, informational, informal sessions providing community members the opportunity to interact with PSO musicians; and the Service Exchange Program, sessions in which the PSO musicians interact and perform with students at the Wilkinsburg public schools. More than 2,600 adults and children have participated in these programs. The program enables the PSO to be: a vital part of Wilkinsburg’s cultural development; an advocate for the arts and arts education in the region; a partner in establishing a broad range of community and cultural organizations to serve community needs; and an accessible, cultural resource to a wide range of people.

For more information, contact:
Jessica Schmidt, Director of Education and Community Engagement
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
600 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 392-4894
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