Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Visits Pittsburgh
On February 26, the Music Therapy Department at Merakey Allegheny Valley School in Coraopolis, PA welcomed Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) principal flautist Lorna McGhee. Ms. McGhee collaborated with Merakey AVS’s Music Therapist Board Certified Denise Noël and Johnna Mernick to design and facilitate two sessions specifically geared toward the participants. In addition to learning about the flute, attendees were treated to an interactive preview of some of the selections that were to be played at the PSO concert the following day. They were given the opportunity to engage with Lorna in some improvisatory music-making of their own. The visit coincidentally fell a few days before World Music Therapy Day on March 1 and was a fun and engaging way for to experience music therapy in a new way.
Special thanks to Ms. McGhee for her time, talent, and flexibility, and to Suzanne Perrino and Adriel Lyles in the PSO’s Community Engagement Department for arranging the day. We can’t wait for next time!