June 2015


It’s so nice to sit down for a chat with you! We hope you’re doing well and enjoying the sudden emergence of our almost summer weather, just in time for June.

We are excited to welcome Dena Sweigart, the newest member of the NMTS crew. Dena is starting on June 2nd as our new Administrative Assistant.

Dena is a recent graduate of UNR with a degree in art history and a minor in women’s studies. She is passionate about the healing power of music and the arts and is thrilled to be joining us in the adventure of bringing music therapy to northern Nevada. Dena has the enthusiasm, creativity and organizational skills to jump in and thrive here at NMTS and we are happy to welcome her aboard. Next time you’re in the building, be sure to stop by and say hi!

Enjoy your beautiful weekend and hope to hear from you soon.


P.S. Our dance workshop, iDance, is performing today (Saturday, May 30th) at 10am at McKinley Arts Center Auditorium. They’ve been working hard and would love to have you in the audience. If you’re available, please come and support our dancers! Performance details are below and on facebook, and you can email me for more information. sarahtoney@note-ables.org

Biggest Little Music Festival!

Biggest Little Music Festival is coming up 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!

Best of Facebook

Call me sappy, but I love these videos capturing the moment when an underdog singer has a huge performance and the audience goes wild in recognition of their gift. There is something so powerful about how we connect through music, both in expressing and receiving the gift of song. Click on the picture to play, and the Kleenex ready!

Getaway Vacation Raffle

We’re raffling 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.

The raffle will be drawn at the end of the Biggest Little Music Festival and you do not need to be present to win.


Upcoming Events

iDance Performance – May 30th, 10:00 a.m. at McKinley

Our iDance six week workshop is coming to a close this Saturday for a performance in the McKinley auditorium, and you’re welcome to come! iDance has been so much fun and they would love to have you in the audience. This is a free event for everyone to enjoy.

NMTS Day at the Aces – June 28, 1:05pm

The Reno Aces are teaming up with NMTS for a day of baseball fun! Buy your Aces tickets through us for the June 28th game and part of your ticket stays with NMTS and supports our music programs. United Federal Credit Union is sponsoring tickets for our participants, which we’ll be distributing through classes for folks who’d like to join us that day at the ballpark. Thank you United Federal!
Buy your tickets HERE!

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.

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

April Thank Yous

Thank you United Federal Credit Union –

Many thanks to United Federal Credit Union! They very much believe in community involvement and will be partnering with us to provide more programming and opportunities for our participants. For the upcoming Aces Day, they are sponsoring the tickets for our participants to come to the game with a guest free of charge for a fun day. More on this to come, but UFCU is stepping up to support our community and we are so grateful.

Thank you to our classroom and office volunteers!

Sheena Britschgi, Leif Christensen, Mark Geeson, Tia Henderson, Sharon Hickox, 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!

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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