Along with those groups, it was one of only 22 orchestras nationwide to receive a community-investment grant from the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation and the League of American Orchestras in the inaugural year of the grant.
Equally – if not more important – no other community the size of Delaware or symphony the size of the Central Ohio Symphony was in the first round of grantees.
The Symphony was awarded a grant of $16,000 for its proposal to establish a therapeutic drumming program in collaboration with the Delaware County Juvenile Court and Maryhaven, a mental health and recovery services provider in central Ohio.
The drumming program will be integrated into the Court’s specialized docket for juvenile offenders suffering from mental illness and/or drug and alcohol disorders.
The innovative proposal, believed to be the only type of its kind nationwide, was the vision of Symphony Executive Director Warren W. Hyer, who is also a professional percussionist.
“This was a chance for the Symphony to engage in a groundbreaking collaboration with our juvenile court and Maryhaven, an established and respected treatment provider,” explained Hyer. “We see this program as an opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of young people and the community.”
Judge Kenneth J. Spicer of the Delaware County Juvenile Court commented that a “treatment court is an alternative docket that coordinates the legal and treatment process to achieve the maximum positive result for the participants. The Juvenile Court appreciates the Symphony’s creativity in adding music therapy to Maryhaven’s resources used in our Treatment Court.”
Paul Coleman, President and CEO of Maryhaven, echoed Spicer’s sentiments. “This grant will permit us to offer an accountable service with measurable results,” Coleman added. “We will measure the effect that this therapy has on our young patients, and will report the results not only to the Getty Foundation but also to the community.”
Hyer agrees. “This provides the Court and Maryhaven alternative treatment options unlike anything else they have been using. Best of all, it is a pure gift to the community. The Symphony will be able to provide the program at no cost to either the Court or Maryhaven, thanks to the award.”
Hyer, Maryhaven counselor Rhonda Milner, and percussionist Caitie Thompson will head to Los Angeles in early-February for training and certification in therapeutic drumming techniques through the Remo HealthRHYTHMS program. After that, Hyer hopes to see the program officially begin before the end of February.
“The Symphony’s mission statement is ‘Engaging the Community Through Music,’” noted Hyer. “This project just extends our mission even further outside the scope of the concert hall.”