Notes From the Heart Music Camps

Adult & Young Adult Camp July 2-7, 2017

Youth & Teen Camp July 9-14, 2017

The Notes from the Heart Music Program began in 1999, when a group of musical artists and music lovers in the Pittsburgh area came together with a desire to create a summer program that would bring the joy of music to children with disabilities and chronic illness. Participants are provided with a comprehensive experience that enables them to explore the universal expression of music, find joy in making music, and the accomplishment of participating in a musical performance. The hallmark of the Notes from the Heart Music Program is the spectacular “Bringing out the Stars” concert for the youth and teens and “Starlight Serenade” for the adults, which culminates the week-long summer camp, and celebrates the participants’ accomplishments with over 500 of their family, friends, and members from the community. The Notes from the Heart Music Camps are one of a kind experience and the leading destination for individuals with disability and a strong interest in music. Performance, education, appreciation, creativity, and enjoyment are the five concepts which bring fulfillment to the musicians who attend these camps.

 

 

Notes From the Heart Youth & Teen Music CampMusic camp YT (2)

The Notes from the Heart Youth and Teen music camp is all about the exploration of music.  During youth & teen music camp, participants engage in music appreciation, chorus, and band classes daily, where they explore the many facets of music and develop their own specific interests.  Talent or prior skills are not required to thrive in this camp, simply a strong interest in music.  The program serves as a foundation and an open door to the freedom music provides and the opportunity for campers to express themselves and flourish as individuals.  Participants are able to experience music in a way that they understand, recognize, appreciate and comprehend.   The skills that each camper develops are featured in our Bringing Out the Stars concert at the end of the week.

What to expect:

Everything throughout this week revolves around music.  Each camper will be placed into a group based on their interests, needs and abilities.  In the morning the groups will rotate through the three areas of activities: vocal music, instrumental music and music appreciation.  The entire camp will have structured leisure breaks for rest, socialization and personal care throughout the day.  During leisure breaks, interested participants will have the opportunity to work one on one with our faculty and staff to explore an instrument deeper or to rehearse a song.  All the campers share all three meals together to promote socialization and community.  Each afternoon and evening there will be special guest performances from professional musicians, bands, music ensembles, vocalists and orchestras from in and around the city of Pittsburgh.  At the end of the week, there will be a Friday night concert and reception to celebrate the magic that was created during the week.

*All participants must be willing, able and available to attend the concert in order to be accepted into the Notes from the Heart Music Camp.

Notes From the Heart Youth and Teen Camp Goals:

  • Focus learning on three concentrated areas of study: vocal training in a choral setting, music appreciation, and an instrumental ensemble.
  • Engage in music making from a collaborative perspective in a group setting.
  • Develop a further understanding of music theory, as well as vocal and instrumental technique (dependent upon camper’s area of interest).
  • Follow instructional directions and exercise creativity.
  • Increase opportunities for self-expression through music interventions.

Notes from the Heart Music Camp for Adultsmusic adults logo (2)

As participants graduate out of Youth & Teen music camp, they transition into music camp for Adults, where the interests acquired during youth & teen are further developed and taken to a higher level.  As a result, participants continue to grow musically as they engage in composition, small ensemble performances, solo performance, and concentrated instrumental study. Participants do not need to have attended the youth & teen camp in order to join the camp for Adults.  This week encourages participants to find strengths, passions and skills to achieve their personal and musical goals.  Participants are showcased in the final performance, The Starlight Serenade!

 

What to expect:

Each camper will be placed into a group based on their interests, needs and abilities.  In the morning the groups will rotate through the two areas of activities: vocal music and instrumental music.   Emphasis is placed on small ensemble and solo performances to showcase the immense skill and confidence that participants have gained during the week.  The entire camp will have structured leisure breaks for rest, socialization and personal care throughout the day.  During these times, interested participants will have the opportunity to work one on one with our faculty and staff to rehearse and contribute to the concert at the end of the week, as well as explore interests in instrumental study 1:1 with a professional music educator. All campers share all 3 meals together to promote socialization and community engagement.  Each afternoon and evening there will be a diverse scheduled live musical performance from professional musicians, bands, music ensembles, vocalists and orchestras from in and around the city of Pittsburgh.  At the end of the week, there will be a Friday night concert and reception to celebrate the magic that was created during the week.

*All participants must be willing, able and available to attend the concert in order to be accepted into the Notes From the Heart music camp.

 

Notes From the Heart Adult Camp Goals:

  • Promote group cohesion in facilitated music-making experiences with peers.
  • Establish and foster relationships with peers.
  • Enhance social skills (verbal and nonverbal) through instrument playing, vocal work, and creative design of the program performances.
  • Increase self-esteem through rehearsal and performance opportunities.
  • Expand cognitive development through understanding, recognition, and application of music theory.

Music Faculty

Andrew Clark is a faculty member in the Department of Music at Harvard University, where he serves as Director of Choral Activities and teaches courses on Music and Disability Studies, as well as conducting and choral literature. Andrew conducts the Harvard Glee Club, the Radcliffe Choral Society, and the Harvard Collegium. He earned degrees from Wake Forest, Carnegie Mellon, and Boston Universities.

Andrew is a native of Latrobe, Pennsylvania and has participated in the Notes from the Heart Program since its inception in 2000. At Harvard, he developed an interdisciplinary service learning course based on his experience at the Woodlands. The class explores access to the practice of music as a vehicle of empowerment, community-building, and social justice. Inspired by the values and the culture of The Woodlands, Harvard students develop and contribute to programs like Notes from the Heart throughout the Boston area.

Edward Cumming is the Director of Orchestral Activities and Associate Professor at The Hartt School. Before this appointment, he was the Music Director of the Hartford Symphony (2002-2011) and Resident Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony (1996-2002). He did his undergraduate work at the University of California, Berkeley, and completed his graduate studies at Yale University. He has led orchestras in Spain, the Czech Republic, Northern Ireland, Serbia, Italy, Asia, Israel, South America, as well as ensembles throughout North America.

Lilly Abreu is one of Brazil’s greatest cultural assets, a versatile artist with numerous appearances as a recitalist and soloist with orchestras and chamber ensembles. Lilly is on the roster of the Pittsburgh Opera, and in addition to her classical engagements, she is also an accomplished popular music artist, performing regularly some of the greatest tunes of the Brazilian Jazz repertoire, as well as Broadway and Jazz standards. Dubbing for the Disney movies in Brazil, Lilly recorded several movies including Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and Cinderella. Lilly is in demand as a teacher and currently teaches Voice at Carnegie Mellon University and Brazilian Portuguese Language and Culture at University of Pittsburgh. She has been a part of the Notes from the Heart Program since its inception in 2000.

Allison Fromm is founding director of Joyful Noise, a New Jersey and Delaware chorus of adults with physical and neurological challenges. Founded in 2000, Joyful Noise has performed at Chorus America and ACDA national conferences, the Yale International Choral Festival, and a Harvard University concert and symposium conceived and organized by fellow Notes from the Heart conductor, Andrew Clark. A graduate of Yale and Boston Universities, this year she completed her doctorate in choral music at the University of Illinois.

Kory Antonacci M.S.Ed., MT-BC, is a board-certified music therapist who also holds a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling. She currently serves as a music therapist at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. In addition to providing therapeutic services to patients and families, Kory also supervises the music therapy internship program and is the primary investigator for current music therapy research within the neonatal intensive care unit. For the past 4 years, Kory has led The Woodlands music ensemble, which supports the musical and personal growth of all participants. She is an active member of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Accessibility Advisory Committee and received the 2015 Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Paul Ross Award for Excellence in Education and Community Engagement. Kory is a firm believer in a “yes you can” attitude, and strives to incorporate this into her work each day.

Mindy Cable has been a registered music therapist since 1981. She has a music education degree from Westminster College and a music therapy degree from Slippery Rock University. She is in her 35th year at Reformed Presbyterian Home in Pittsburgh as Activities Director/Music Therapist. She is in her 28th year at Cranberry Community United Presbyterian Church as Director of Music. She is a charter member of the Harmony-Zelienople Community Band as a flautist since 1998. Mindy has been an accompanist for The Woodlands Music Ensemble since its inception about 13 years ago. For several years, she played for The Woodlands’ devotional programs. Mindy lives nearby in Cranberry Twp. with her two furry felines, Caleb & Molly.

Don Megahan is thrilled to step on board as staff accompanist this year and to be working with his colleague Andrew Clark! Don earned his Bachelor of Music in Sacred music/organ performance from Duquesne University and a Masters in Conducting from Carnegie Mellon University. He serves as an organist/choirmaster for Ingomar Church in the North Hills and is Music Director/Organist for Rodef Shalom Congregation in Shadyside.

Tom Maroon grew up in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, where he developed an interest in music at a young age. While attending Latrobe High School, he played guitar in the school jazz ensemble and participated in local choir festivals. He graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2016 and currently teaches guitar lessons in Boston. This is Tom’s third summer at The Woodlands.

OTHER NOTES FROM THE HEART MUSIC PROGRAMS:

music ensemble logo (2)