For a number of years, UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital's annual schizophrenia conference has included a live concert from patients who have transformed the therapeutic benefits of music into performance. The results have been memorable and impactful. Harvesting the seeds of this success is “Music Mends Minds," a new initiative under the umbrella of the larger “Making Minds Matter" fundraising campaign of Western Behavioral Health (WBH).
“Music Mends Minds" will provide funding for patients to audition and become part of a musical ensemble of peers. Under the direction of Dr. Roy Chengappa, chief of Comprehensive Recovery Services (CRS) at UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital, and Flavio Chamis, internationally renowned composer and conductor, the group will rehearse regularly, culminating in performance opportunities for family, friends, and other supportive audiences.
Select local professional musicians will provide back-up for performances. Likewise, the initiative includes an opportunity for interested patients to be mentored by a local Pittsburgh musician in their instrument of choice, including voice.
Unique sponsor opportunities are available for individuals and businesses for Making Minds Matter at UPMC Western Behavioral Health. For additional information, call 412-864-3519 or email MakingMindsMatter@upmc.edu.
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