August 2015

Last Sunday we held our third annual Biggest Little Music Festival, one of our biggest events of the year. The Artown event featured 11 great bands, including The Note-Ables of course, food and drink from local restaurants, and lots of kids activities.

Our dance classes and Exploring Music classes also performed between bands throughout the day, making this the a truly unique and inclusive music festival. As I’m sure you can imagine, it was very exciting for our participants to perform at Wingfield Park during Artown.

There are a lot of great things that happened last Sunday, but I really wanted to share this video in particular, because it highlights what this festival is really about. One of our dance classes performed to the song Uptown Funk, and Wendy invited people from the audience to come up and dance as well. We were joined by several audience members and it was a moment of pure joy. People were having so much fun and joined together through music. The boundaries of age and ability just melted away. This video warms my heart and is such a great representation of what we do and why we do it. I hope you enjoy it too.

All the best,
Sarah Toney
Development Director, NMTS

Biggest Little Music Festival!


Biggest Little Music Festival was a wonderful day of music, food, fun and community! Check out the RGJ pictures here! We also had coverage on KUNR, Channel 2 and Channel 4 TV, as well as KTHX and Reno News and Review. You can check out our facebook page and YouTube channel for more pictures and videos! 

Teen Camp

We have lots of great video from Teen Beat Summer Music Camp that will be making its way onto YouTube. Here is one of our favorites, but please follow us on our youtube channel to see what’s next!

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Upcoming Events

HealthRhythms Drum Circle Workshop

This drum circle workshop is designed for all ages and abilities. Come learn about drumming and feel the benefit of rhythm and music in your life! This is a four-week workshop, starting August 4th at 1 p.m. Register for your place in the workshop! Call 324-5521 or email Cost is $40 for the month long session.

Note-Ables at the Art Walk Reno – August 6th 5 p.m. Liberty Fine Art Gallery

Note-Able Music Therapy Services is the non-profit partner for the Art Spot Reno Art Walk this August! The Note-Ables will be performing at Liberty Fine Art Gallery during the event. Please check out their site or their facebook page for more details on the Art Walk.

Bowers Mansion Bluegrass Festival – August 15th 12:30 p.m.

The Note-Ables are playing at the Bowers Bluegrass Festival again this year! Bowers is a three day festival, running from August 14th – 16th and includes Grammy-nominated and IMBA winner Blue Highway, John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band, Lacy J Dalton, Sonoran Dogs, Strange on the Range, Suspect Terrane, Monday Night Volunteers,  Sierra Sisters and The Gabardine Sisters.

Check out the festival site for more information on schedules and tickets.

Fire it Up! Morning Dance Party – August 17th 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

Morning dance parties are starting up around the country. Why? Because dancing is fun and does more for waking up than a gallon of coffee could ever accomplish. This morning adventure is a lightly structure dance party, led by conscious dance facilitator Laurie Martin, and is on a donation only basis. Come and dance with us!

Basement Session – August 24th, 12:00 p.m.

Are you curious about music therapy or learning more about our programs? Our monthly Basement Sessions are a opportunity to hear stories and examples of the power of music therapy to transform peoples’ lives, while enjoying tasty treats and a mini performance by The Note-Ables. Email Sarah Toney to reserve your space.

July Thank Yous

Thank you High Notes Society Founding Members!

High Notes SocietyThis last month we launched a new donor circle for a special group of people who commit to support NMTS at a minimum of $500 per year for five years. Our founding members include Lisa Rizzoli, Dallas Smith and Susan Mazer, Lorraine and Eric Renteria, The Life Change Center and Chuck Kazemi.

Thank you Wendy Firestone, Sheena Britschgi, Jill Gabel, Sara DePaoli, Sharon Spangler, Lois Craik, Barbara VanDyke, Greg McNie, The Grove Events Center and the Superstar Dance Team for making our first High Notes Society Breakfast a huge success.

If you’d like to learn more about the High Notes Society, please email Sarah Toney.

Thank you to Sierra Tap House for sponsoring Biggest Little Music Festival!

Thank you also to Ceol Irish Pub, Organic Taste of Chicago, and Java Ship Coffee for donating a portion of your proceeds from the day. And of course, a huge thank you to all of the performers and community members who came out for the day. Thank you for the gift of your time and your music!

Thank you to Biggest Little Music Festival and Teen Camp volunteers!

We couldn’t do all these great events and programs without you! Thank you to ….

Thank you to our classroom and office volunteers –

Sheena Britschgi, Leif Christensen, Mark Geeson, Tia Henderson, Michael Lahnala, Chris Middleton, Nanette Mueller, Cindy Oesterle-Prescott, Mary Schoen, Amina Wilson, Mark Yan, Michael Young, Forrest Zeiter

Thank you to Chris Middleton for extra support in grant research. We’re following up on the opportunities you’ve found for us!

Endowment Founding Circle

A very special circle of people!

The Board of Directors of Note-Able Music Therapy Services: Ellie Van Winkle, President

The Advisory Board of Note-Able Music Therapy Services
The Eckert Family
Joe Macaluso
Tony Macaluso – In memory of Joe, Mary and Fina Macaluso
Pythia Sisters of Nevada: Jeanille Hyde, Grand Chief
Ms. Heidemarie Rochlin
Dr. & Mrs. Tousson Toppozada
Earl & Peggy Whitney
The Wilson Family
The Note-Able Music Therapy Services endowment fund is managed by the Community Foundation of Western Nevada. By contributing to the fund, you will guarantee that children and adults – no matter their age or ability – will always have a place where they can learn, grow, and experience a community that is connected through the love of music. Please call or email us for more information about how you can contribute to the legacy of NMTS.



News & Notes is the monthly newsletter from Note-Able Music Therapy Services. Here is your chance to catch up with the band, check out upcoming events, find out how music therapy is impacting our community and the world, and much more.  You can also keep up with us by checking out our website and following us on Facebook and Twitter.


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Board of Directors

Scott Harrington
Kate Kirkpatrick
Jim Robertson
Chuck Kazemi
Debra Bradshaw
John Firestone

Advisory Board

Barbara Anderson
Tammy Borde
Christi Cakiroglu
Scott Faulkner
John Firestone
Bob Fulkerson
Mary Lee Fulkerson
Joe Macaluso
Lisa Mancini
Jeanine Mooers
Cindy Oesterle-Prescott
Toni Taylor

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