July 2015

For this newsletter, I want to share a great experience of mine with our band The Note-Ables.  I’ve had the opportunity to sing with The Note-Ables a few times when they’ve needed an extra voice here and there. The latest was this past Sunday, when we sang the National Anthem at the Reno Aces’ game. Problem is I’m a cowardly soprano, so to sing the National Anthem, even with The Note-Ables, is a very scary thing.

As I was wrestling with this old familiar fear leading up to Sunday, I realized that The Note-Ables had taught me something, and I felt my fear melt away. These fantastic musicians have the courage to show up exactly as they are, dedicate themselves to their music, and perform again and again with wonderful presence and care. They accept their limitations but are always exploring their abilities, modifying where they need, and continually helping each other to achieve. The Note-Ables create music in a beautiful, generative process that feels alive, important and fun. They provide a great example of how to be creative in the world.

I had this notion that I needed to be a “good enough” musician to feel OK about performing. Of course, I’ve never been “good enough.” I’d put a lot of pressure on myself, get really nervous to perform, and heaven forbid I’d have a solo. That’s the stuff of nightmares! Singing with The Note-Ables taught me something new – how to show up exactly as I am and sing with the voice I have, without fear or apology. It is my voice to share. This doesn’t mean I won’t practice or care about my craft, just as The Note-Ables are dedicated to theirs. I don’t know exactly how they taught me this and I don’t really know how I learned it. I just know that I sang without fear for the first time in my life. And I know it’s because of The Note-Ables. Thank you doesn’t quite cover it, but thank you all the same, Note-Ables!

Hope your holiday is a great one!



Biggest Little Music Festival!

Biggest Little Music Festival is almost here as part of Artown again this year! We have a great line up of musicians, food trucks and kids’ activities. This is an all day, fully inclusive and accessible music festival that sparkles with some of Reno’s best musicians, including The Note-Ables and our participants from our dance and exploring music classes.

Bands include Robert Hemenway, Nicole Oh, Backstage Pass, Michelle Pappas, Nevada Gay Men’s Chorus, Electric Catfish, Formerly Known AsKung Fu Sophie and the Slow Dying Death, Slide Mountain Band, The Note-Ables and The Pretty Unknown!

This event is a $5 suggested donation. Follow BLMF on the event facebook page, where we will also have the full line up of food trucks and activities!

 Getaway Vacation Raffle!

Our raffle is still going for a week-long vacation to one of eight wonderful locations. Tickets are only $10 each or three for $20. Buy your tickets now!

You could win a week’s stay for six at a beautiful property in Anaheim, CA; Lake Havasu City, AZ; June Lake, CA; Palm Springs, CA; Kapaa, Kauai, Hawaii; Avila Beach, CA or Reno, NV.

Anyone can enter – you don’t need to be a local! The raffle will be drawn at the end of the Biggest Little Music Festival on July 26th, but you do not need to be present to win.

Board News – Hello and Goodbye!

Ellie Van Winkle is finishing her tenure as board president as of June 30th. Ellie has served on the board for more than four years. She and her husband Jim have provided many hours of dedicated service to help NMTS thrive. Thank you, Ellie, for all that you’ve done, and for all of your leadership and support over the past several years!

John Firestone and Debra Bradshaw are our newest board members. Welcome, guys!

John is the Executive Director of The Life Change Center, an addiction recovery organization. John has been connected with NMTS for many years and is excited to become part of the leadership of the organization. He believes in the impact of NMTS in the community. John has many years experience in nonprofit leadership, fundraising and program development.

Debra is the mother of one of our participants, Erica, and has been involved in NMTS for five years. She believes in the value of music as a catalyst for change. Debra also believes that NMTS is an important part of creating community amongst families, caregivers and people with disabilities. In addition, Debra has a doctorate in biomedical sciences and experience in grant writing. We are excited that she will be bringing her expertise and advocacy to NMTS.

Best of Facebook

Everyone’s favorite post from Facebook this month was one of our own videos! Wendy taught a wonderful 6-week dance workshop, iDance, for teens and adults of all abilities. This is a little snippet of the performance. It was a great experience for everyone involved.

Upcoming Events

Basement Session – July 6th, 5:30 p.m.

Are you curious about music therapy or learning more about our programs? Join us for the next Basement Session! It’s a wonderful hour of stories and examples of the power of music therapy to transform peoples’ lives, enjoying tasty happy hour treats and a mini performance by The Note-Ables! Email Sarah Toney to reserve your space.

Art Paws – July 12th, 2:00 p.m.

The Note-Ables are playing at Art Paws, Artown’s only dog-friendly event, at McKinley Arts Center! You can check out the line up of events here.

Biggest Little Music Festival – July 26th, Noon – 9 p.m.

Biggest Little Music Festival is an all day event at Wingfield Park with a ton of bands, food trucks, kids activities and all of the NMTS participants. Sign up with our facebook event to keep up with updates! We also have volunteer opportunities. If you’re interested in volunteering, please email dena@note-ables.org.

New Workshops! Starting August 3rd and 4th

Stay tuned for more information on two new workshops! Beginning in August, we will be offering a senior seated dance class and a drum circle workshop. Both workshops will be four weeks long and will be facilitated by Laurie Martin. Laurie is a trained HealthRHYTHMS and conscious dance facilitator who’s dedicated to bringing health and expression to everyone through music and dance. We have information on these programs on our website and facebook, and we’ll send a special email with all the details. You’re welcome to call or email Sarah, as well.

Please check our website for the most up-to-date information on events and activities.

June 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 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 also to David Evans/509 Creative for helping us with our graphic design and computer challenges over the past month – you are fantastic!

Thank you to Chris Middleton for extra support in grant reserach. It’s a huge help!

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.


Board of Directors

Ellie Van Winkle (President)
Scott Harrington (Past President)
Kate Kirkpatrick (Secretary)
Jim Robertson(Treasurer)
Charles Kazemi (Director)

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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