Who Are the Chimers?
In partnership with Shenandoah University’s Music Therapy Association, the NW Works Chimers are a musical group comprised of adults with disabilities and volunteer musicians from Shenandoah. The group was founded in 1993 and has been going strong ever since!
The Chimers meet weekly to practice and perform tone chime music, learning critical skills along the way. We concluded each semester with a public concert at Shenandoah University alongside conservatory students.
For Fall 2023: Chimers rehearse Wednesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Ruebush Hall, Room 128. The cost of Chimers is $60 per participant per semester. Checks can be made out to NW Works. Please print complete the embedded forms and return to NW Works at 3085 Shawnee Drive, Winchester VA 22601.
What is Music Therapy?
Music Therapy is a form of therapeutic intervention which uses music to address behavioral, social, psychological, communicative, physical, sensory-motor, and/or cognitive functioning. According to the American Music Therapy Association, “because music therapy is a powerful and non-threatening medium, unique outcomes are possible.” Music therapist and Shenandoah University professor Fredrica Dooley-Brown, MT-BC, works with clients and students, to ensure the relationship is beneficial for both parties.
Sponsor a Chimer
One semester of music therapy costs clients $60, or $120 for a full year of the program. For some of our clients however, this fee is a major barrier. Therefore, in an effort to continue providing this important service to our clients, we welcome sponsorships from the public. With just $60, you can give the gift of music for a whole semester. Please be sure to indicate that you are supporting the Chimers with your donation.