The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra in Maryland has launched “Music Heals,” a new health-and-wellness program that will partner with local community organizations such as healthcare facilities and schools serving children with learning differences. One of the program’s first collaborations is with the Wellness House, an Annapolis-based nonprofit that offers free programs to cancer patients, survivors, their families, and caregivers. The ASO will present a music therapy workshop, “Creating a Sanctuary with Music,” at the Wellness House on February 9 at 9 a.m. as part of the Wellness House’s “Keys to Wellness” educational seminar series on strategies for healthy living. Certified music therapist Carolyn Sonnen will lead the workshop, which will include guided listening, singing, and movement. “There is growing recognition of the physical and emotional healing that classical music can bring to patients, their families and caregivers,” says ASO Executive Director Katharene Snavely. “The ASO is well-equipped to bring the gift of classical music to those for whom it could benefit.”

Posted February 6, 2013