Issue 1&2/Volume 7
February 1st, 2015


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.

February Message

This is our first newsletter of 2015, and as usual we have lots of exciting things planned for the coming year. We also have one sad change to announce, which is that our program coordinator Sara will be leaving us (see her note below). Sara has been a fantastic addition to the NMTS team. She has made a big impact on so many lives, and we are truly sad to see her go.

I am in the process of searching for a music therapist to fill Sara’s shoes – which will be a challenge! In the meantime, our programming will continue with as few interruptions as possible. And we are happy that Sara will continue to implement our contracts with Renown Children’s Hospital and Northern Nevada Medical Center until we find a new therapist.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. In the meantime, I hope to see you at our Note-Able Evening of Romance on February 7th!!!

Dear NMTS family –

As some of you already know, I have recently accepted a position with the Reno Orthopedic Clinic and will be leaving my position with NMTS at
the end of January. 

I want you all to know that I am truly leaving here with mixed emotions; happy about my new career opportunity, but sad to be leaving such a great organization where I have met so many wonderful people. My life has been greatly enriched by the kindness and encouragement so many of you have shown to me. I will always be grateful for the many friends I have made along the way and the wonderful memories I take with me. I can only hope that my new job will give me such rewarding experiences and supportive friends.

Thank you so much for making my three and a half years at NMTS truly enjoyable. My very best wishes for the future go out to each and every one of you.

Yours sincerely,

Sara DePaoli


A Note-Able Evening of Romance: Masquerade Ball

February 7th 2015 / 7:30 p.m. / Reno Ballroom

The 11th annual Note-Able Evening of Romance will be a spectacular evening of music, dancing, champagne, desserts, and hors d’ oeuvres. There will be plenty of live and silent auction items to tempt you, and of course, masquerade masks and formal wear. A Note-Able Evening of Romance will be a memorable night filled with delights around every corner. It is the perfect gift to share with your special someone, friends and family. Tickets are $50 in advance, $55 at the door and only $400 for a table of ten. You can purchase them online, in person or via phone (775.324.5521).

Reno Jazz Orchestra

What would the Evening of Romance be without the fabulous sounds of the Reno Jazz Orchestra? Joining us for the 11th year in a row, the RJO is made up of some of the best and most respected jazz musicians in northern Nevada. The band has been enthralling audiences in the Truckee Meadows for more than 15 years and is made up of many musicians who once played in the heyday of Reno’s big name entertainment years. We’re so happy that they will be joining us again with jazz standards, big band favorites, and a few funk numbers to mix things up!

Jackie Landrum

We are excited that Jackie Landrum will be joining us for the first time. Jackie has been singing professionally since she was 14 and has created a unique style of soul, jazz and blues. She has released two CDs and has also performed with the Reno Jazz Orchestra, Tony Orlando and headlined at casino gigs and concerts throughout California and Nevada, all to highest acclaim. With an enthusiastic audience following, Jackie was honored with the award “Best of Tahoe, Female Vocalist” from 1996-2000 and again in 2002.

The Ballroom of Reno Dancers

Also joining us for the first time, The Ballroom of Reno is the first and only non-profit Ballroom dance school in northern Nevada. Dancers from The Ballroom of Reno will be performing several numbers throughout the evening and will also be out on the dance floor demonstrating moves to get everyone up and moving! The Ballroom of Reno recognizes that dance has something to offer everyone, and strive to prove it by getting all of northern Nevada moving their bodies and experiencing the difference dance can make.

The Note-Ables

One of the questions we get asked each year is if The Note-Ables will be performing at the Evening of Romance, and the answer is…of course! The mission of The Note-Ables performing group is to change the face of disability in our community through music. This event is the perfect way to further that mission. It also supports the NMTS values of inclusion and community connections. They are working on several new numbers that are guaranteed to bring down the house!


January Thank yous

Thank you to –
The women of Alpha Delta Kappa for inviting us to speak at their January meeting and for making a generous donation to our programs.

Anna Zucker and Renown Children’s Hospital for inviting us to be part of the Children’s Miracle Network radiothon.

Advisory board member Joe Macaluso for his generous challenge to the board of directors, which more than tripled the board’s donation to the NMTS Endowment Fund!

And as always, thank you to our program volunteers –
Leif Christensen, Mark Geeson, Tia Henderson, Troy Jorgensen, Michael Lahnala, Nanette Mueller, Cindy Oesterle-Prescott, Amina Wilson, Mark Yan, Michael Young, and Forrest Zeiter

Upcoming Events

The Basement Sessions
February 23rd / 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. McKinley Arts & Culture Center, Suite 6
Join us for hors d’oeuvres and an exclusive performance by The Note-Ables! This lunchtime event is an opportunity to have fun, meet great people and learn about the power of music in our community. Space is limited, so we do request that you RSVP by  to 775.324.5521 or emailing

Endowment Founding Circle

One of our proudest accomplishments has been to establish an endowment fund through the Community Foundation of Western Nevada. The fund was set up to guarantee that inclusive music programs and music therapy services will be available in our community for many years to come. There are many ways to contribute to the endowment – monthly giving, donations in honor or memory of a loved one, stocks, insurance gifts, and of course legacy gifts and bequests. Please click here to learn more about how you too can contribute to the legacy of NMTS.

Founding Circle Members

The Advisory Board of Note-Able Music Therapy Services 
The Board of Directors of Note-Able Music Therapy Services
The Eckert Family
Joe Macaluso

Tony Macaluso – In memory of Joe, Mary and Fina Macaluso
 Judge Nancy Oesterle
Pythian Sisters of Nevada – Jeanille Hyde, Grand Chief
Dr. and Mrs. Tousson Toppozada
Earl and Peggy Whitney
The Wilson Family

Join us in welcoming the newest member of the Founding Circle…Ms. Heidemarie Rochlin!


Music Therapy in the News

Music therapy may bring troubled families together

For families with emotional neglect issues, music therapy can improve parent-child communication and stress levels, according to a study from Denmark.

In a small trial, music therapy had a positive effect on both verbal and nonverbal communication between emotionally neglected children and their parents. Parents participating in music therapy also perceived their children as less stressful. (Click here for the rest of the article.)

In this issue

February Message

A Note-Able Evening of Romance

Upcoming events

Thank yous

Endowment Fund Founding Circle

Music Therapy in the News


Quick Links

NMTS Website

Events Page


Board of Directors

Ellie Van Winkle (President)
Scott Harrington (Past President)
Kate Kirkpatrick
Jim Robertson
Charles Kazemi
Marcy Swiatek

Advisory Board
Barbara Anderson
Tammy Borde
Christi Cakiroglu
Scott Faulkner
John Firestone
Bob Fulkerson
Mary Lee Fulkerson
Joe Macaluso
Lisa Mancini
Jeanine Mooers
Toni Taylor

Quote of the Month

“Works of Art make rules; rules do not make works of art.”
~ Claude Debussy

Wish List

Wish list item of the month:
Board and Advisory Board Members!!!

  • Donations for scholarships
  • Board and Advisory Board members
  • Items for children’s sessions & waiting area (balls, dolls, puppets)
  • Office and art supplies (paper, crayons, washable markers etc.)
  • Tickets to community music events
  • iPod
  • iTunes gift cards
  • Card stock (white and colored – 8.5×11 and 5.5×8.5 scored)
  • Printing – posters and mailings
  • Kitchen supplies (paper plates, napkins, disposable cups, baggies, utensils)
  • Postage stamps and mailing materials
  • Plastic display holder and picture frames (8 ½” x 11″)
  • Batteries (AA, AAA, D, C, 9 and 3 volt)

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