NSO Sound Health

National Symphony Orchestra

Serving people, reducing stress, and creating space for reflection and healing.

Sound Health is the National Symphony Orchestra's year-round initiative that focuses on the intersection of music and wellness.

In Partnership with the National Institutes of Health

The NSO presents an annual full orchestra concert at the NIH each September. In addition, the NSO arranges for musicians to perform in small groups at the NIH.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the nation's medical research agency — making important discoveries that improve health and save lives.


In Partnership with the Levine School of Music

Research shows that actively engaging with music has greater physical and emotional impacts and benefits than passively listening to music. In 2019, the NSO and Leanne Belasco, Director of Music Therapy at Levine Music started a collaborative live music program designed to provide interactive and engaging musical experiences to adults with memory disorders. Based out of Iona Senior Services in D.C.'s Tenleytown neighborhood, the Music and Memory program aims to increase socialization, improve mood, promote relazation, and encourage memory reminiscence and recall.

With Multiple campuses across the DMV, Levine Music is welcoming community where children and adults find lifelong inspiration and joy through learning, performing, listening to, and participating with others in music. The Music Therapy department at Levine offers assessments for music therapy services, individual sessions, group sessions, and adapted instrumental lessons for individuals with special needs.

Iona Senior Services supports people as they experience the challenges and opportunities of aging. Iona educates, advocates, and provides community-based services to help people age well and live well.


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The concert really brings a lot of joy to often a monotonous routine of being in the hospital (even the librarians working in the Patient Library on the 7th floor were able to hear the beautiful music).

National Institutes of Health

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What you’re doing, money can’t buy.

Program Participant
Iona Senior Services

Learn more about music and wellness from the American Music Therapy Association.

To Learn More About NSO Sound Health, Contact:

Vaughan Bradley-Willemann, Manager of Community Engagement


Phone: (202) 416-8173

NSO Sound Health is presented as part of The Irene Pollin Audience Development and Community Engagement Initiatives.

Additional support for NSO Sound Health is provided by the James & Alice B. Clark Foundation, the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Phyllis and George Cohen, and Dr. Annette Urso Rickel.