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HeartStrings is celebrating its 10th Anniversary! This music therapy-informed program continues to reach beyond traditional performance settings to bring live, interactive presentations by some of the MSO’s best players into healthcare and residential facilities. The sessions have demonstrated extraordinary physical, emotional, cognitive, and social changes for people of all ages and levels of functioning. HeartStrings annually reaches over 3,400 individuals.
2015-16 Partner Locations:
Avalon Assisted Living
Badger Prairie Health Care Center
Brookdale Middleton
Central Wisconsin Center
Heritage Senior Living & Memory Care
Madison Area Rehabilitation Centers
Oakwood Village
St. Mary’s Adult Day Health Center & St. Mary’s Care Center
Stoughton & Sun Prairie School Districts
“[One patient] was super delighted with the concert…When I got her ready for bed she said she was going to lay there and dream about the beautiful music.” – Agrace Staff Member
“It was fun watching all of their faces light up with smiles [as] they played along with the musicians.”
– The Heritage Staff Member
Want to be involved? HeartStrings Toolkit Rhapsodie Quartet
If your facility would like to host the HeartStrings program, please contact MSO Director of Education and Community Engagement Kathryn Schwarzmann: (608) 257-3734 x225 or kschwarzmann@madisonsymphony.org.
The HeartStrings Toolkit illustrates how to create a music therapy-informed community engagement program in your area. Copies are available for purchase, through the MSO.
The Rhapsodie Quartet includes MSO Co-Concertmaster Suzanne Beia, Principal Violist Christopher Dozoryst, Principal Cellist Karl Lavine, and violinist Laura Burns. The quartet makes monthly visits to our community partners, bringing a full season of activities to residents and caregivers.
Major funding
provided by
Additional funding
provided by
The Evjue Foundation, Inc., the charitable arm of
The Capital Times
Irwin A. and Robert D. Goodman Foundation, Inc.
Madison Arts Commission
An Anonymous Friend

This project is funded in part by a grant from the Madison Arts Commission, with additional funds from the
Wisconsin Arts Board.

Wisconsin Arts Board support comes with additional funds from the State of Wisconsin
and the National Endowment for the Arts.