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Celebrate World Austism Awareness Day with Xolie Morra & The Strange Kind

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Sunday, April 2nd at 3:00 PM: In recognition of World Autism Awareness Day, Xolie Morra will be speaking and performing with guitarist, Josh Tvrdy of the band “Xolie Morra & The Strange Kind,” at an event sponsored by the Snohomish County Music Project at the Northwest Music Hall located inside the Everett Mall.

Her band has shared the stage with Crosby, Stills & Nash, John Mayer, Sarah McLachlan, Sheryl Crow and so many more.  They’ve appeared on local shows like “New Day Northwest” and on the late-night stage of “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”

“Her music is eclectic, mixing Xolie’s edgy vocals and moving melodic compositions, and touching people on multiple levels no matter what genre they prefer, though her music would best be described as a very classically approached Pop/Rock band with an Alternative Country root.”

Singer and songwriter Xolie Morra of the Seattle band “Xolie Morra & The Strange Kind”, is an active representative of the Autism community, speaking personally about her life with Asperger’s Syndrome. As an artist who is on the Autism Spectrum, Xolie Morra Cogley uses her music to help people understand and change their approach to Neuro-Diversity.  Xolie and the other members of her band have pushed their way past boundaries to inspire other artists with disabilities to do what they love.

In a musical performance and short talk, Xolie Morra shares a unique and likely for many a refreshing view of what it’s like to be a performer with Aspergers syndrome at TEDxRainer 2015.

Similarly, the Snohomish County Music Project’s board-certified music therapists help people work through their challenges by using music as an instrument of healing.  Their music therapy programs serve a diverse mix of people, including at-risk children and youth, seniors suffering with memory-related challenges, veterans with PTSD, as well as individuals with Autism.  The Snohomish County Music Project offers group and individual music therapy sessions provided by board-certified music therapists and is recognized as a music therapy resource by the organization, “Autism Speaks”.

The Snohomish County Music Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit using the power of music to inspire people to do good for themselves and their community. This includes free or reduced cost music therapy services for marginalized populations. More information is available online at:

Tickets are $10, available at the door or at The Northwest Music Hall is located inside the Everett Mall, near Macy’s. Directions and additional information about the venue can be found at Those interested in renting the Northwest Music Hall may find more information here.

Come experience the music, hear about services offered by the Snohomish County Music Project, and get to know Xolie and guitarist John Tvrdy of the band “Xolie Morra & the Strange Kind.”

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If you cannot attend, please consider making a donation to help pay for music therapy to low-income families who would not otherwise be able to afford it.

Benefit Concert featuring music from The Carpenters and Simon & Garfunkel

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Give the gift of music this holiday season by attending the Snohomish County Music Project’s First Annual Music Therapy Benefit Concert featuring musical selections from The Carpenters and Simon & Garfunkel.

Members of the Seattle Rock Orchestra will perform as the Sound Edge String Quartet on December 3rd with powerhouse vocalists Jimmie HerrodTamara Power Drutis of Phinney Estate, and Ian Williams of The Thoughts.

Join us for this unique classic music event taking place at the Northwest Music Hall in Everett, WA on December 3, 2016 . Doors open at 6:30PM. Early bird tickets are available for $40 through November 18, 2016. Regular admission tickets include hor d’oeuvres and one free drink for $50. VIP tickets include VIP seating, hor d’oeuvres and one free premium drink, and admittance to the Post-Event Soiree with Performer Meet & Greet for $100.

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From 6:30-7:30 p.m. there will be a Reception and Silent Auction featuring violins that have been transformed into pieces of art by students in Everett High School’s AP Arts Class and a Custom Designed and Hand Crafted Appalachian Mountain Dulcimer donated for our Silent Auction by local artist, John Ellis, with Sunny Side Dulcimers.

The Snohomish County Music Project is a non-profit organization that provides Music Therapy Services to at-risk children and youth, veterans struggling with depression and PTSD, and seniors suffering from aging-related illnesses. By attending this Music Therapy Benefit Concert,  you’re not just enjoying the musical stylings of The Carpenters and Simon & Garfunkel – you’re helping us provide Free Music Therapy Services  for some of our community’s most vulnerable citizens who would not otherwise have access to these services.

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If you cannot attend, please consider making a donation to help pay for music therapy to low-income families who would not otherwise be able to afford it.

Music therapy as part of Music YoU HEAL for Seniors

Music Project shines in Senior Focus

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The Snohomish County Music Project was featured in Senior Focus for use of music therapy in treating dementia and other aging-related disorders. Take a look.

Published by Senior Services of Snohomish County, the article is part of intense interest in music therapy at the Music Project. During its initial pilot, the “Music as medicine” intiative ran in partnership with Quail Park of Lynnwood, a Memory Care Facility.

The music therapy services provided therein has helped dozens of seniors with individualized music interventions (or therapies). This one-on-one work with Music Therapy Director Karla Hawley, MT-BC, M.Ed., music therapist Victoria Fansler, and  interns, has yielded tremendous progress for seniors during the past year. Individual sessions prepare individuals for group therapy, which benefits the residents in unique ways: from vocalization to memory preservation.

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Classic Vinyl Fundraiser Promo

Classic Vinyl Fundraiser from SSSC and the Music Project

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A Classic Vinyl fundraiser is coming to Snohomish County! Senior Services of Snohomish County and the Snohomish County Music Project are teaming up for a the Classic Vinyl: Rock Symphony Fundraiser on Friday, March 4, 2016 from 6 pm to 9 pm.

Hosted at the Edward D Hansen Conference Center at Xfinity Arena, doors will open at 5:30 pm. The cost is $100 person or $850 for a table of 10. Dinner comes with a gourmet buffet of chicken cordon bleu, cedar-planked salmon, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, green beans almandine, steamed carrots with dill butter, mixed green salad, and a choice of chocolate cake or cheesecake.

Be sure to RSVP by February 26, 2016 for the Classic Vinyl fundraiser.

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Happy New Year!

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From music therapy to events, your support made a huge difference for over 2300 clients and attendees served this year. From this, you helped use music as a tool to build community and inspired people to do good things for themselves and for others.

Happy New Year!

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Journey Ahead in 2016

Year End Report and Journey Ahead for 2016

By | Music YoU HEAL, Music YoU JAM, Music YoU PLAY, Music YoU SING, News, Program Updates | No Comments

Work at the Snohomish County Music Project focuses on clients of all ages from all parts of the county. From seniors in Snohomish, to youth in South Everett, to children in Quil Ceda, the Music Project serves a diverse group of people. Each population has unique challenges. Since these groups vary so widely in age and location, our community partners don’t interact with each other often. Our partners are part of the community and deeply embedded. It makes for stronger relationships and sustainable support. Since these partners rarely interact with one another,  the chance to hear how programming is positively influencing each population is rare. For this reason, the Music Project will release a year-end report in January.
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Youth programs flourish in 2015, such as the Casino Road Keyboard Orchestra

Youth programs flourish in 2015

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Youth programs flourished in 2015. The Snohomish County Music Project works with local community partners, to help identify, support, and nurture children in the community. Some of these partners are the Tulalip Tribes Charitable Fund and the Community Foundation of Snohomish County. Thanks to support from the community and individuals like you, programs have flourished. One example is the Casino Road Keyboard Orchestra, which doubled in size. However, that’s just one of many here at the Music Project.  Programs include:
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