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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 nearly 3,200 individuals.
2017-18 Partner Locations:
Agrace Hospice
Attic Angel Community
Brookdale Middleton Century Avenue
Capitol Lakes
Central Wisconsin Center
Milestone Senior Living
Oakwood Village Prairie Ridge
Oakwood Village University Woods
SSM Health - St. Mary’s Adult Day Health Care Center
Sylvan Crossings – Westshire Village
“[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
Health Dane Collaborative Health Dane Collaborative Health Dane Collaborative Health Dane Collaborative

Susan S. Harris

David and Kato Perlman, funding for Oakwood Village-University Woods

Irwin A. and Robert D. Goodman Foundation, Inc.

Madison Arts Commission

Monona Plumbing and Fire Protection, Inc.

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

This project is supported by Dane Arts with additional funds from the Endres Mfg. Company Foundation, The Evjue Foundation, Inc., charitable arm of The Capital Times, the W. Jerome Frautschi Foundation, and the Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation.

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