Health & Wellness Programs

B-Sharp Music Wellness, a W.O.N.D.E.R. Project

B-Sharp Music Wellness, a W.O.N.D.E.R. Project, promotes physical, mental and social wellness through the healing power of music. Music wellness has been shown to be particularly effective in reducing stress, improving brain function and promoting a healthy well-being at any stage of life. In older adults, music stimulates mental and physical function, maximizing overall heath. The group interaction inherent within wellness programs provides an outlet for older adults and healthcare patients to express themselves and recall the memories that music sparks and stimulates. By listening to live music and being involved in live music-making experiences, a greater quality of life is possible. 

Goals of B-Sharp Music Wellness, a W.O.N.D.E.R. Project:

  • To use music as a catalyst for overall wellness 
  • To explore the emotional and social benefits of music inherent in group interaction, music-making and memory recall 
  • To provide a safe, creative outlet for participants, caregivers and family members to engage in music

B-Sharp Music Wellness, a W.O.N.D.E.R. Project Includes the Following Outreach Programs:

  • B-Sharp Music Wellness, a W.O.N.D.E.R. Project for Hospitals: This unprecedented partnership between hospitals and The Symphony allows for musicians to perform varied and engaging programs in public areas of hospitals for patients, family members and hospital staff.

  • B-Sharp Music Wellness, a W.O.N.D.E.R. Project, Music and Alzheimer's Memory Research Initiative: This collaboration between The Phoenix Symphony, College of Health Solutions Research at Arizona State University, College of Nursing and Health Innovation at Arizona State University, ASU Herberger Institute of Music and Music Therapy Clinic and Huger Mercy Living Center, which is part of Dignity Health and Barrow Neurological Institute, evaluates the impact of weekly music-based programs on living center residents, caregivers, facility staff and Symphony musicians measuring stress levels through the use of quantitative biomarker protocols. 

  • B-Sharp Music Wellness, a W.O.N.D.E.R. Project for Alzheimer's: Designed for individuals with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias as well as their care partners, participants attend Friday morning Coffee Concerts and receive an exclusive pre-concert chat about the day’s music with Principal Timpanist Bruce Pulk. Other optional program components include backstage tours and a "lunch on your own" with fellow participants at a nearby restaurant following the concert. Registration and discounted ticket purchase required.

  • B-Sharp Music Wellness, a W.O.N.D.E.R. Project Homeless Initiative: A multi-faceted music wellness experience for healthcare and community facilities that serve the homeless, this unique initiative uses music as a catalyst for joy and self-expression for individuals who often feel powerless and silenced. The Symphony partners with five facilities: Circle the City, Lodestar Day Resource Center, UMOM New Day Center, Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development and St. Vincent de Paul Human Services Campus. 

The Phoenix Symphony gratefully acknowledges the Melani and Rob Walton Fund of The Walton Family Foundation for their generous support of this program.

The Phoenix Symphony Also recognizes the following donors fortheir additional support of this program:

  • Getty Education and Community Investment Grant from the League of American Orchestras
  • Twiford Foundation
  • The Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust 

 To participate, contact our Education and Community Engagement office at 602-452-0470 or education@phoenixsymphony.org.

Symphony Connections

A unique partnership with Maricopa Community Colleges, Symphony Connections is a touring program featuring the Phoenix Symphony String Ensemble performing on community college campuses throughout the Valley. These inspiring performances are educational in nature and provide opportunities for students and faculty to interact with musicians. As part of the program, Maricopa Community College students are given free tickets to attend Symphony Classics concerts throughout the season.

Musically Speaking

Musically Speaking pre-concert discussions begin one hour prior to Classics and Coffee Classics concerts inside Symphony Hall. Using an informal half-hour format, our moderator interviews a guest artist or a member of the Symphony. The week's music is discussed and the audience is invited to ask questions. These pre-concert chats are free to all ticketholders for each respective concert. For more information, click here.

Meet the Artists

After every Coffee Classics concert, patrons are invited to a luncheon and panel discussion with musicians, conductors or guest artists. Hosted by the Phoenix Symphony Auxiliary and moderated by the Symphony's General Manager, this series enables audiences to interact with the musicians on a one-to-one basis, allowing patrons to ask questions of the panel and chat with them over lunch. For more information, click here.