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An invitation to current UW-Madison music majors, from Melody Ng, 2011-12 Sound Health Coordinator:

I am writing to introduce myself as the new coordinator for Sound Health, a community outreach program founded by Mary Perkinson, DMA’11. The mission of Sound Health is to enrich the UW Hospital environment for patients, families, health care providers and staff through live music while providing music students with an opportunity for community service and professional performing experience.

The performance schedule of Sound Health will begin on September 16th and end on May 11th. Student engagements will take place on Fridays from noon to 1pm at one of five public spaces within the UW Hospital. Alternate engagement times can be arranged as needed. Please visit music.wisc.edu/soundhealth to learn more about the program and past performances.

Sound Health was awarded $500 by the Arts Institute’s Arts Venture Challenge in 2009. In 2010, Sound Health received  $5000 from the Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment, which was matched by the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics to supports performances over the next two years.

Students who participate in Sound Health will have the opportunity to strictly volunteer or, volunteer for one service and receive $40 for a second service. Students will receive a stipend regardless of the type of service they provide. Sign up sheets are posted on the Community Programs board in the Humanities Building.

I’d like to ask that if you participate in Sound Health that you should consult your studio teacher in regard to the repertoire choice for a performance in a health care setting. If you’d like more information on musicians in healthcare you can visit The Society for the Arts in Healthcare at: thesah.org. Please email me with any feedback / comments / suggestions at soundhealth@music.wisc.edu.