Lima Symphony Orchestra works to help people dealing with trauma and addiction

Posted on: December 3, 2018

“Not every injury needs a doctor to heal. Sometimes, they need an orchestra,” writes Josh Ellerbrock in Thursday’s (11/29) Lima News (Ohio). “In a nutshell, a new project helps members of the Lima Symphony Orchestra bring healing music straight to trauma and addiction victims instead of relying on them to come to see the orchestra’s work on stage…. The orchestra has already performed at Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center, Coleman Behavioral Health and Union Square Apartments. On Dec. 8, a string quartet will be hosted by the Specialized Alternatives for Families of Youth of Lima at a special event at the Lima Public Library.” After winning an American Orchestras’ Futures Fund grants from the League of American Orchestras, “Lima Symphony Orchestra Executive Director Elizabeth Brown-Ellis said she reached out to the Mental Health & Recovery Services Board of Allen, Auglaize and Hardin Counties earlier this year, which identified four places for the quartet to play. The orchestra will continue to perform at these unique venues on a revolving basis once a month.” The American Orchestras’ Futures Fund is made possible by the Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation.

Posted December 3, 2018

In photo: A string quartet from the Lima Symphony Orchestra in Ohio performs in a clinical setting as part of the orchestra’s “Healing Through Music” project. Photo courtesy Lima Symphony Orchestra