In Tuesday’s (8/20) Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Elizabeth Bloom reports, “The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra launched a music and wellness website Monday that offers resources to organizations looking to build music and wellness programs…. Among other tools, the website provides a handbook with guidelines for developing such programs and a blog with tips for individuals. It emerged out of the PSO’s music and wellness program, which started in 1999 as the brainchild of [PSO] violist Penny Brill.… As part of the program, PSO musicians have worked with music therapists and visited local hospitals.” The website’s blog “will target anybody looking to improve his or her health through music.… In developing workout playlists, the two most important considerations are tempo and ‘whether or not you find it motivating,’ said Jessica Ryan, [PSO] manager of education and community programs, who will write the blog.” Bloom notes that the PSO’s music and wellness program “is supported by a Getty Education and Community Investment Grant, the A.J. and Sigismunda Palumbo Charitable Trust, the Scaife Family Foundation, the Michael Baker Corp. and the Edith L. Trees Charitable Trust.”
Posted August 20, 2013
Pictured: PSO musicians during Mardi Gras parade, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, February 2013.