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Delivering the power of live therapeutic harp music to healthcare settings.
Delivering the power of live therapeutic harp music to healthcare settings.

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Thank You, Alla
(Written by Jocelyn Obermeyer, THF Harpist and Program Director)

As I was giving a presentation to a wonderful group at Sunland Village in Mesa last week, I noticed a familiar face in the audience. I could not quite place her. I was introducing Therapeutic Harp Foundation, speaking on the power of live harp music. I was talking about the music’s impact on patients, their families and staff, when this familiar woman raised her hand. She started to tell a personal story about the music, so I invited her to come up in front of the group.

She told us about the department where she works in one of the major East Valley hospitals, and she said their harpist (Alla) had been there playing that day. The woman explained that when she came to work at the ER, she encountered a very busy and a traumatic day. She had a terrible headache and felt very dizzy, she explained, but still needed to complete her work. She told the group about how the harp gave her something to focus on, helping her take her mind off of the pain. She said she listened intensely to the live music and it helped her to complete her tasks. She then emphasized to the group and me that the staff is very appreciative of the music, because it helps them to get through their workday.

The very next day, I called our harpist, Alla, to thank her for her service and to share that story. Alla then told me she had been called in to play for a woman who was being taken off of life support. According to her family, the woman loved music. After just a few plucks of the strings, while Alla observed the patient and surroundings to improvise and create music for that moment (as a trained, Certified Clinical Musician does), the patient turned her head. She opened her eyes, said “Thank you” to Alla, and then closed her eyes, forever. The family shed tears of love, and Alla played Amazing Grace while everyone sang.

…… and this, folks, is why we do what we do…………

Congratulations to Alla Yashneva for completing her second and final level of the Clinical Musicianship Training Program, Harps for Healing. Alla now proudly carries the title of Certified Clinical Musician.

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Thank you to Mariano Gonzalez and Cristina Cabrera for their stellar performance this past Saturday at Ocotillo Restaurant Phoenix. We would also like to thank Ocotillo Restaurant and staff for the most magnificent food and service. And thank you to all who volunteered and attended this invigorating event!

Special thanks to FMCB Productions LLC, the teams and staff of Phoenix TV stations Channel 7 and Channel 3 for hosting us on their Friday and Saturday morning shows.

And a special thanks to Ms. Tonya Chakravarty and her Events & Promotions team for the opportunity for the "Meet & Greet" at Changing Hands.

Hope to see you all at our next event in November!
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Join Dr. Lynne Haeseler for a Summer solstice concert, The Gloria Project on Monday, June 20th at noontime at the Burton Barr Central Library in Phoenix, co-hosted by Friends of the Library, Cosanti Foundation and LH Events. The Burton Barr Library was designed with this day in mind. On June 20 – as the solstice unfolds – the sun at solar noon shines through skylights onto tapered, reflective, column capitals. And for a brief moment radiant sunlight illuminates the entire library. As Jeff Stein, President of Cosanti Foundation explains “At that moment architecture explains where we are in the cosmos, documents the time and day, the relationship between sun and earth and Phoenix, and does so in an astonishing way.”

This free celebration takes place in the Great Reading Room on the fifth floor of the library. The space opens at 11:30 AM with music from the Therapeutic Harp Foundation, followed by a noon talk with architect and designer of the library Will Bruder, culminating to a unique version of Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria in Excelsis Deo with gongs, African drums, harps, a civic chorus and a “Flash Choir.”
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