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Enriching the lives of children with disabilities and chronic illness

Woodlands Camp Participants Shine at Annual Music Concerts July 10 & 17

What:           Annual “Bringing out the Stars”  and “Starlight Serenade” Concerts
Who:            The Woodlands Youth & Teen and Adult Music Camp Participants
When:          July 10 and July 17, 2015 at 7:00pm
Where:         The Woodlands, 134 Shenot Road, Wexford, PA 15090

The Woodlands is proud to present their annual “Bringing Out the Stars” and “Starlight Serenade” concerts featuring participants of the Notes From the Heart music camps. “Bringing Out the Stars” presents the musical stylings the Youth & Teen campers, ages 13 to 21, on Friday, July 10.  “Starlight Serenade” highlights the talents of the adult campers the following week on Friday, July 17.  Both performances begin at 7:00pm on The Woodlands campus and are free and open to the public.

The Woodlands’ signature program, Notes from the Heart, started in 1999 when a group of musical artists and music lovers in the Pittsburgh area came together with a desire to create a summer program that would bring the joy of music to children with disabilities and chronic illnesses. Today, Notes from the Heart offers a year-round program to include a week-long summer camp, weekend retreats held during the academic year and, a year-round Music Ensemble program.  The music program offers a wide variety of activities and programs that range from music appreciation, theory, composition, singing, and instrument playing under the guidance of internationally and locally known musicians, artists, conductors and educators.  Returning to the faculty this year, include camper favorites Lilly Abreu, Allison Fromm, and Edward Cumming. Ms. Abreu is a vocal recording artist and teaches Voice at Carnegie Mellon.  Ms. Fromm is the founding director of Joyful Noise, a New Jersey and Delaware chorus of adults with developmental disabilities and acquired brain injuries, which has become a national model for similar ensembles. Mr. Cumming is the Director of Orchestral Activities and Associate Professor at The Hartt School. Continue Reading

Charitable Block Party at The Woodlands

 Who:            The Woodlands When:          Saturday, June 6, 2015, 4:00pm – 7:00pm Where:         The Woodlands, 134 Shenot Road, Wexford, PA 15090 The Woodlands hosted its first Block Party on Saturday, June 6, 2015 at their 52 acre campus in Wexford. This brand new event featured live entertainment by Good Brother Earl, games, a raffle featuring Beer… Continue Reading

The Woodlands Chime Choir Makes Joyful Noise

Woodlands’ Chime Choir Performs Holiday Concert with Northgate High School Choir Beautiful music and unity of spirit mark the holiday season, and both could be found at the Woodlands Holiday Concert held on Friday, December 16. The Woodlands Hand Chime Choir, whose ringers and singers are youth and teens with disabilities, rang in the season… Continue Reading

UPMC Celebration of Lights Benefits the Woodlands

For the first time in 20 years, a popular holiday tradition will benefit the Woodlands Foundation. UPMC, in partnership with Allegheny County, is sponsoring the annual Celebration of Lights at Hartwood, and has added the Woodlands to the local charities that benefit from the proceeds. The Woodlands is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the… Continue Reading

Woodlands Foundation Honor Tillotson Family

 TILLOTSON FAMILY TO BE HONORED AT WOODLANDS BUTTERFLY BALL Harry Hunter of Hunter Truck Sales, Honorary Chair of Gala Fundraiser 12th Annual Butterfly Ball to Benefit Woodlands’ Programs for Children with Disabilities  The Willard and Carol Tillotson family will be honored at the Woodlands 12th Annual Butterfly Ball on Saturday, October 8 at the Pittsburgh… Continue Reading

Weekend Retreats for Children and Adults With Disabilities

The Woodlands is gearing up for our Fall Retreats. Woodlands weekend retreats are occasions like no other for children, teens, and adults with disability, chronic illness, or special needs. These weekend escapes, whether a day or overnight program, provide opportunities for individuals or groups to choose from a variety of fun and enriching activities that… Continue Reading