Community Chords embodies the Symphony’s mission to share the joy of music with our community by connecting our orchestra with veterans seeking relief through music therapy. Studies show that music therapy can reduce symptoms of PTSD, depression, anxiety, and stress. Community Chords creates relationships between our orchestra and veterans and encourages deeper participation in the arts in Augusta.
In partnership with the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center Recreation/Creative Arts Therapy Department, Augusta Symphony musicians are performing throughout the season at both the uptown and downtown VA Medical Centers for veterans and hospital staff. In addition, they are sharing their talents by providing live music during Music-Assisted Relaxation and Meditation Therapy sessions at the hospital. The Symphony also invites the veteran’s guitar ensemble to observe Symphony and Pops rehearsals at the Miller Theater and to perform at various times in the theater. The partnership is being video-documented and clips with be produced to encourage more veterans to participate in music therapy and to help the Symphony build the Community Chords program.
Ultimately, Community Chords will work to serve other groups in need of music therapy by providing services in the Knox Music Institute at the Miller Theater.
This year’s concert featuring Little River Band is fundraiser for the Community Chords project. Community members can support this by purchasing tickets for themselves or purchasing tickets for veterans to attend this concert free of charge through our Sponsor A Veteran program.