PRISON RESIDENCY PROJECT

With the overwhelmingly positive audience response during our first healing concert at the Radgowski Correctional Institution in May 2016, PROJECT: MUSIC HEALS US immediately expanded its programming through the 2016-2017 season to include an additional "spin-off" prison residency beyond the original five concert weekends throughout the year.  This expansion included three separate prison residencies in which the Solera Quartet - the string quartet in residence for PROJECT: MUSIC HEALS US - performed in State and Federal prisons throughout New York, Connecticut, and California.

In the 2017-2018 season, PROJECT: MUSIC HEALS US continued this work with four additional prison residencies throughout Connecticut and New York.  In addition, PMHU was awarded the ProMusicis 2017 Father Eugène Merlet Award for Community Service, supporting a week-long musical immersion pilot program at the Danbury Federal Correctional Institution in January 2018. During this week, PMHU musicians collaborated with Carnegie Hall's Daniel Levy to present an interactive, conversational, and educational musical program, and facilitated creative workshops through which participants were able to compose their own musical pieces.  The resulting musical creations and responses were extraordinary, and reinforced to all involved the power of music to bridge the divide between people of different cultures and circumstances. 

PMHU’s 2018-2019 season of Prison Residencies will include four additional weeks of musical immersion programs in federal and state prisons.  

“Thank you so much for the warmth and enthusiasm for life and art you express through your music. Your music brought to me a sense of normalcy I can only call ‘home’. Thank you for that gift.”
— Inmate, Danbury Women's Prison