Oct 19, 2016

Melodic Connections at Northside

Several individuals with developmental disabilites singing on stage
Music will fill the air at our Northside facility as Melodic Connections, Cincinnati’s only non­profit music therapy organization, relocates to our building for a few months after their studio was damaged by a flood. Beginning the week of October 24, Northside will be the temporary home for the Adult Conservatory, a day program that serves approximately 70 individuals with developmental disabilities who rehearse daily and perform in the community.

“We are so grateful to the Hamilton County DD Services for providing this great space for our day program,” Executive Director Betsey Zenk Nuseibeh said. “We especially appreciate that we will continue to be in a welcoming environment where the needs of our individuals are understood and appreciated. And we can’t wait make music for new audiences!”

The Aug. 28 flood swept away the organization’s instruments, sound equipment, office equipment and the teaching supplies. After the water subsided, the damage to their beloved studio on Reading Road, once a place of joyful music making, was so extensive that they were unable to return. The community rallied around Melodic Connections and, in an amazing show of support, all of their instruments and equipment were replaced by generous donations.

They temporarily relocated to LADD but needed a new programming space for a few months until they can ready their permanent studio home, which will serve as a home to their conservatory program and a hub for their many programs in the community. Melodic Connections is envisioning a bright future once they get through this difficult stage of recovery and reorganization, Nuseibeh said.

For the next few months, 10-15 individuals and Melodic Connections staff will rehearse and hold classes at Northside from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please welcome the Melodic Connections musicians who will be a wonderful addition to our organization for the next few months!

Melodic Connections was founded in 2008 and operates the adult conservatory, as well as programs in 24 special education classrooms, after-school classes, summer camps, music therapy-based programs in the community, and service learning programs in the community.
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