Issue 8/Volume 6
August 1st, 2014


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.


Hall of Fame

NMTS has had more than two dozen phenomenal board and advisory board members since we opened our doors in 2003. However, there is a group of people who deserve special recognition for supporting and guiding us right from the start and for sticking with us throughout the past 11 years. So here they are – the fantastic five members of the NMTS Hall of Fame!

Christi Cakiroglu
(Board Member 2003 – 2007, Advisory Board Member 2007 – present)
Executive Director – Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful

Starting a nonprofit comes with lots of advice from all sorts of people, especially about choosing a board. We were fortunate to have a stellar founding board – and Christi was one of the integral members of that group. There is no question that we have benefited greatly from her more than 16 years’ of nonprofit experience with United Way, Sagewind, and Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful. As both a board and advisory board member, Christi has helped with strategic planning, organizational development, drafting policies, and much more. She has also spent countless hours volunteering for events. Christi says she is involved with NMTS because “There is power in music, and Note-Able Music Therapy Services makes a noticeable difference in people’s lives every day. The positive energy and excitement is contagious whether you are listening to a class practice or a group performance. Everyone should have an opportunity and the support necessary to express themselves as an individual.”


Scott Faulkner
(Advisory Board Member 2003 – present)
Executive Director – Reno Chamber Orchestra

Scott is a fantastic musician and a respected community leader. In addition to serving as executive director of – and bassist with – the Reno Chamber Orchestra since 2001, he is principal bassist of the Reno Philharmonic. Scott has more than 13 years’ experience in nonprofit management, fundraising, community relations, and grant writing. His support and guidance over the past 11 years has been invaluable, and he has often served as the ‘calm in the storm’ when we have gone through the inevitable growing pains of a small organization. Scott has served on the board of the League of American Orchestras, has been a grant panelist for the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, and is currently an advisory board member for Project Music Heals Us and the Reno Jazz Orchestra. Scott says, “Note-Able Music Therapy Services is one of the most important organizations in our community. We are indeed fortunate that NTMS is here and positively impacts so many lives through the transformative power of music. I am honored to be a part of this wonderful organization.”

Bob Fulkerson
(Advisory Board Member 2003 – present)
State Director – Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada

Prior to his position as statewide director of PLAN, Bob served as the director of Citizen Alert, a statewide grassroots watchdog organization.  A fifth-generation Nevadan, Bob was on Senator Paul Laxalt’s staff while at George Washington University and has served as adjunct faculty at the UNR School of Social Work. He has provided many fundraising and strategic planning workshops for our board. Bob’s energy and passion are infectious and he has truly helped to steer the direction of NMTS. He is one of the most experienced nonprofit leaders in Nevada. Just a few of his accomplishments include being a recipient of the Ford Foundation’s Leadership for A Changing World Award, and being awarded the Arcus Social Justice Leadership Fellowship at Kalamazoo College in 2011. “I’m involved with NMTS because I think music, like love, is the most powerful force in the universe. I’ve seen firsthand the incredibly positive changes in self-confidence, personal dignity and general lightness of being that NMTS has made in the life of my Uncle Steve and others with disabilities who are often times marginalized by the dominant culture and shunted to the shadows of our community. I’m also involved because I marvel at the way the organization is run thanks to the brilliant, hard working executive director and staff.”

Mary Lee Fulkerson
(Board Member 2003 – 2009, Advisory Board Member 2009 – present)
Independent Artist, Author

Mary Lee is a fourth-generation Nevadan who describes herself as a word weaver. She is a renowned basket maker, artist, educator, and author. Mary Lee describes her art as ‘centering around what is possible and about honoring the good, true and beautiful in our nature.’ This is a perfect description of who she is as a person, but it only hints at her tireless advocacy for people with disabilities, social equality, and the arts. It is not an exaggeration to say that NMTS would not be where we are today with out Mary Lee’s expertise and encouragement. “I’ve been involved in nonprofit organizations since I was seven years old, but nothing has grabbed me as NMTS has. It truly is all about the people, and I’ve watched the singers and musicians grow from silent wallflowers to confident, happy performers. I’m convinced if we all sang our way through life, it would be a much happier one.”

Jeanine Mooers
(Board Member 2003 – 2009, Advisory Board Member 2009 – present)
Braille Proofreader – UNR Disability Resource Center

Jeanine Mooers has been a member of the NMTS family since 1999. She served on the board for six years and has continued to be a very active and involved advisory board member. Jeanine is a phenomenal musician who has helped guide the artistic development of the performing group. She is also a board member of the Nevada chapter of the National Federation for the Blind. Jeanine’s passion for NMTS is evident in her advocacy for music therapy throughout the community. “I would say that the main reason I became involved with The Note-Ables is because music is my first love, especially singing, composing, playing the keyboard and learning about the technical aspects of music. Being in the band has given me all of those experiences and much more: I’ve performed different types of music that I’d never thought I’d perform and enjoyed it very much. I also appreciate the importance of others like myself sharing these experiences. Music is something that all people share and need, and making music together is just as vital as listening to it.”

Take Note

Exploring Music Teen & Choir Class begin October 3rd!

Teen Exploring Music Class
Beginning October 3rd, Note-Able Music Therapy Services will be opening up a new Teen Exploring Music class on Fridays from 3:15-4:15. This fun class will include singing, song writing, playing instruments, dancing, and of course – performing! Class will be geared toward teens and young adults between the ages of 12 and 20. Cost for the class is only $25 per month.

Holiday Choir
We invite people of all ages and abilities to join our 2014 Holiday Choir! Participants will learn breathing techniques, vocal warm ups, and how to sing in a choir. Participants will also prepare a wide range of holiday music and will have the opportunity to carol throughout the community! This ten-week class is only $50 (due with registration) and will run from October 3rd through December 19th.

Space in both classes is limited, so call 775.324.5521 or email us at to reserve your spot today!

Upcoming Events

Home Means Nevada recording
September 16th, 2014 / 4 – 5 p.m. / McKinley Arts Center Auditorium 
NMTS will be participating in the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra’s project celebrating Nevada’s 150th Birthday by submitting a recording of “Home Means Nevada.” This is open to anyone who wants to participate. Please wear a NMTS t-shirt or a plain, non-graphic/logo t-shirt. Call or email us so we can send you the correct lyrics.

Performance at Whole Foods
September 17th, 2014 / 6 – 8 p.m. / Whole Foods Market Reno
The Note-Ables will be playing at Whole Foods Market.

Nevada Has Talent
September 20th, / 11:30 – 1 p.m. / Grand Sierra Resort
NMTS participants will be participating in the “Nevada Has Talent” talent show as part of the Nevada Transition Conference.

September Private Performance
September 24th, 2014 / noon – 1 p.m. / McKinley Arts & Culture Center, Suite 6
Join us for lunch and an exclusive private performance by The Note-Ables performing group! It’s 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 to 775.324.5521 no later than Monday, September 22nd.

Nevada PEP Run Walk Roll Against Bullying
September 18th, 2014 / 9:00 a.m. / IGT
The Note-Ables will be playing at the opening festivities for the second annual Nevada PEP Run Walk Roll Against Bullying.

Noodles & Notes
October 11th 2014 / 5:30 p.m./ The Elks Lodge – 597 Kumle Lane, Reno NV 89509
Join us for an evening of food, fun, great raffle prizes and performances by The Note-Ables, Exploring Music, dance, and piano classes. Adult tickets are $15, children 6 – 12 are $5, children 5 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased online, in person or over the phone.

August Thank Yous

Thank you to –
Nevada Center for Excellence in Disabilities for a grant to provide training for our music therapists
Jon Ben Snow Memorial Trust for a grant to support scholarships for low-income families
Northern Nevada Bluegrass Association and Reno Aces for inviting The Note-Ables to perform

And as always, thank you to our August program and office volunteers
Lara Ayres, Leif Christensen, Nate Eng, Mark Geeson, Tia Henderson, Michael Lahnala, Nanette Mueller, Cindy Oesterle-Prescott, Sonja Pond, Jack Stewart, Amina Wilson, and Michael Young

Endowment Fund Founding Circle

We are excited to announce that we are extending the opportunity to become a member of
the Founding Circle through December 2014!

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 be part of this wonderful group of supporters.

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

Music Therapy in the News

Young donation gives music therapy a boost at Sutter Children’s Center

Elizabeth Feytser’s tiny pink toes tap ever so slightly to the tune of “The Itsy Bitsy Spider,” playing at her cribside in the Sutter Children’s Center ICU. The soothing timbre of music therapist Kathleen Humphries’ voice rolls over the hum of heart monitors and oxygen pulsers as the 6-month-old’s lips curve into a curious smile. Recovering from heart surgery she had undergone last week, baby Elizabeth was the first stop of the day on Humphries’ music therapy circuit. The 26-year-old roams the hospital halls every day with a cart full of djembe drums, maracas and other donated and collected instruments in an attempt to bring comfort to children struggling with pain. (Click here to read the rest of the article.)

In this issue

September message

Hall of Fame

Take Note:
New classes!

Upcoming events

Wish List

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

“Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.”
~ Plato

Wish List

Wish list item of the month: Batteries!

  • Donations for scholarships
  • Board and Advisory Board members
  • Items for children’s sessions & waiting area (balls, dolls, puppets)
  • Office and art supplies (paper, post its, 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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