Music and Wellness – Symphony Magazine, Fall 2016

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Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra violist Penny Anderson Brill at The Woodlands, July 2016. The Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra violist Penny Anderson Brill at The Woodlands, July 2016. The Pittsburgh-area retreat serves children with autism, Down syndrome, and other disabilities.

“Brill also brings her musical talents to The Woodlands, an organization that runs weeklong retreats for special-needs kids in Wexford, Pa., just north of Pittsburgh. This summer she visited a Woodlands retreat for children with autism, Down syndrome, and other disabilities. Together with a music therapist and two PSO colleagues, violinist Louis Lev and cellist Adam Liu, she worked with the kids in interactive settings. The goal, she says, is to give them the ‘most positive experience of music. At the end of the week there’s a performance where each child – by being allowed to conduct or do other things – is given a chance to shine.”

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