January 2016

I hope your holidays were full of the light of the season. We just had a two week break in programming that gave us an opportunity to gear up for one of our busiest times of the year. The Evening of Romance is only 24 days away, our committee has been hard at work since August, and we’re ready for another fantastic event! We have more information below with links to buy tickets.

We are also excited to announce that we are now providing music therapy at Northern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services (NNAMHS). Along with weekly therapy sessions, The Note-Ables will be leading sing-a-longs with the patients once a month. We’re thrilled that our community is continuing to recognize the value of music in all kinds of settings. The feedback from our work at Renown Children’s Hospital and Northern Nevada Medical Center consistently indicates the incredibly positive impact of music therapy. We are honored to be a growing part of the medical and mental health communities in the Truckee Meadows.

Along with several great events this month, we also have some new classes. And you don’t want to miss our family dance workshop this coming Saturday, January 9th – it will be a great way to kick off 2016 with your family! Please take a moment to scroll through to see what’s happening.


Sarah Toney
Development Director

Evening of Romance – Winter Masquerade Ball

The 12th Evening of Romance will be January 30th the Atlantis Grand Ballroom!

This Winter Masquerade themed event will be full of music and dancing with the Reno Jazz Orchestra, David Hayes, The Note-Ables and dancers from The Ballroom of Reno. You’ll be treated to flowing champagne, exquisite desserts, delightful entertainment, wonderful silent and live auctions, and a few surprises throughout the evening.

Not only is this one of the most fun events of the year, it is also our most important fundraiser. AND due to the gracious support of our sponsors (see below), 100% of your tickets, auction purchases, and donations that night will go directly toward our adaptive music and music therapy programs! Buy your tickets or tables today!

Welcome Susan Mazer-Smith

We are pleased to welcome Susan Mazer-Smith to our advisory board! Susan and her husband Dallas Smith have been generous supporters of NMTS for several years. They are both extraordinary musicians who have delighted audiences around the world with their rich harp and woodwind harmonies. They also hosted a truly special fundraising event for us in their home this past December that left us all spellbound.

In addition to their music and deep love of this community, Susan and Dallas founded and operate Healing HealthCare Systems, bringing healing environments into hospitals. Susan is an internationally recognized expert on noise in the hospital environment and is a passionate advocate for the arts.

Susan and Dallas’s music has been featured on NPR, the Discovery Channel, and NOVA. They are also the founders and sponsors of the Elder Care Concert Series, which is administered by the Sierra Arts Foundation.

We are thrilled that Susan will be lending us her advice and support as an official advisory board member. To learn more about Susan, please visit Healing HealthCare Systems and Susan Mazer-Smith and Dallas Smith.

New in January

Family Dance Workshop – only $20 for the whole family! 

What better way to start the new year than bringing your whole family for a rockin’ morning full of dance? Join us on this coming Saturday, January 9th at 10:30am. There will be fun for everyone, no matter what age or ability level. Cost is only $20 per family. Space is limited, so please pre-register online here.

Music and Movement for Kids!
We’re starting another round of music and movement workshops! The workshops are taught by the wonderful Andrea Sullivan. Andrea is an experienced dance instructor. She has long been part of the NMTS family and has worked with people of all abilities. The next session starts the week of January 25th.

Jitterbugs 0 – 2 years old
Mondays 9:30 am – 10:15 am

Hokey Pokeys 3 – 5 years old
Mondays 3:30 pm – 4:15 pm

Fox Trots 6 – 10 years old
Mondays 4:30 pm – 5:15pm

The Whips 11 – 14 years old
Wednesdays 5:30 pm – 6:15 pm

Call the office 324-5521 or enroll online today! 

Best of Facebook

Usually our most popular Facebook post of the month is a video of something fun or super cute, but this month the favorite was an article from The Guardian called “Want to be happy? Join a choir.”

The article talks about how and why singing can create a sense of community. This is part of the reason why we feel so strongly about the work we do. It isn’t enough to just listen to the radio. To actually participate in the making of music with others is to feel a sense of belonging. For people with disabilities in particular, that is a powerful and transformative experience.

Upcoming Events

Champagne Campaign – January 8th 5:00 p.m. at Marketplace Wine Bar with Liam Cahill

Debbie McCarthy is teaming up with us and the Marketplace Wine Bar to help make our champagne dreams come true! Come to the Marketplace Wine Bar this Friday and enjoy great music, wine and food. Plus, every bottle of bubbly you buy for the Evening of Romance gets you two entries into a raffle for two tickets to the Evening of Romance! Raffle will be drawn January 21st, need not be present to win.

Light it Up! Morning Dance Party – January 11th and 25th 7:30 – 8:45 a.m.

Morning dance parties are starting up around the country. Why? Because dancing is fun and does more for waking you up than a gallon of coffee. This morning adventure is a lightly structured dance party led by Laurie Martin, and is on a donation basis. Park on the west side of McKinley and head down the steps to our basement classroom.

Champagne Campaign – January 21st 6:00 p.m. at Fine Vines Cheese and Wine with The Note-Ables

Debbie McCarthy is teaming up with us and the Fine Vines Cheese and Wine to help make our champagne dreams come true! Come to Fine Vines on January 21st and enjoy music by The Note-Ables, wine and food. Plus, every bottle of bubbly you buy for the Evening of Romance gets you two entries into a raffle for two tickets to the event! Raffle will be drawn January 21st, need not be present to win. 

Evening of Romance – January 30th 8:00 p.m

Evening of Romance is just around the corner! The theme this year is a Winter Masquerade Ball, so start looking for that perfect winter-inspired mask. Tickets are now on sale on our website. $50 per ticket or $450 per reserved table of 10.

December Thank Yous

Thank you to our classroom and office volunteers –

Anthony Braido, Briley Brewer, Taylor Crowhurst, Mark Geeson, Shannon Halliwell, Tia Henderson, Michael Lahnala, Marilyn Moon, Cindy Oesterle-Prescott, Mary Schoen, Nicole Williams, Amina Wilson, Mark Yan. A huge thank you to board members Chuck Kazemi and Dave Stockman for their help with our holiday party. And another huge thank you to Chris Middleton for her invaluable assistance with general office support!

Thank you to all of our Evening of Romance Sponsors –

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 (Past President)
Kate Kirkpatrick (President)
Jim Robertson (Secretary)
Chuck Kazemi (Treasurer)
John Firestone
Dave Stockman

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
Susan Mazer-Smith
Toni Taylor

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