Tag: Music and Wellness

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s Penny Anderson Brill Received Ford Musician Award for Excellence in Community Service

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s Penny Anderson Brill Received Ford Musician Award for Excellence in Community Service

New award made possible by Ford Motor Company Fund to celebrate orchestra musicians and the work they do in their communities Penny Anderson Brill, violist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, is one of only five exemplary musicians selected by The League of American Orchestras to […]

From Anxiety to Excitement: Reframing Emotions to Enhance Performance

From Anxiety to Excitement: Reframing Emotions to Enhance Performance

Think back to a time when you were nervous about something. Did someone tell you to calm down? Did it work? If you’re like me, it probably didn’t help much. When someone tells me to relax, I typically end up more anxious because I feel […]

Music for the Spirit

Music for the Spirit

“Even though music is often without words, it has a tremendous power to reach and touch the human spirit in amazing ways.”— Manfred Honeck At one point or another, we’ve probably all experienced the transformative power of music. Music can bring us closer to others […]

An Unexpected Gift

An Unexpected Gift

Several months ago I went onto our local Veterans Affairs campus to play for vets who had dementia. The keyboard player was a VA music therapist who let me know approximate ages of the participants and what music he had been playing for them. I added […]

Music for Remembrance

Music for Remembrance

“As long as we live, they too will live; for they are now a part of us as we remember them.”—Sylvan Kamens and Rabbi Jack Riemer As the words of Kamens and Riemer’s famous poem faded, the gentle and serene tones of the flute began. […]

Music Around the World Day at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

Music Around the World Day at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

Last month, PSO musicians Sarah Clendenning and Eva Burmeister visited Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC for Music Around the World Day, sponsored by the Jack Buncher Foundation. Sarah and Eva, along with other ensembles like Pittsburgh Taiko, played music while patients, families, and staff listened […]

Musical Catharsis

Musical Catharsis

In 2014, a pair of researchers surveyed 772 people to see how they responded to sad music. Can you guess which emotion the music most often elicited? If you guessed nostalgia, you were correct, as 76% of listeners felt this! Other popular responses included peacefulness […]

Penny Anderson Brill: A Visit to St. Anna’s Hospital in Vienna

Penny Anderson Brill: A Visit to St. Anna’s Hospital in Vienna

Today Associate Principal violist Tatjana Mead Chamis and Concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley went to Sankt Anna-Kinderspital in Vienna to play for young oncology patients, their relatives and many of the caregivers at the hospital. The event was streamed to the rooms of those too ill or […]

Music and Wellness at St. Anna’s Children’s Hospital

Music and Wellness at St. Anna’s Children’s Hospital

Associate Principal Violist Tatjana Mead Chamis and Concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley visited St. Anna’s Children’s Hospital in Vienna today to perform for some of the children receiving treatment there. It was great fun. Many thanks to Barbara Hahn, Dr. Wolfgang Holter and Dr. Georg Mann for […]

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Launches New Music and Wellness Website

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Launches New Music and Wellness Website

PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will launch its new Music and Wellness website today.  The site is a free and comprehensive resource center for musicians, arts administrators, healthcare providers and other individuals interested in starting or accessing music and wellness programs in their communities.  […]


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