October 29, 2014

Blowin’ In The Wind: Heroes’ Voices Bring Healing  

Music professor Lynne Morrow is helping to bring the power of music, poetry and the spoken word to American veterans through the non-profit Heroes’ Voices.  

Morrow and Richard Harrell, former director of opera at San Francisco Conservatory of Music, started Heroes' Voices to help vets dealing with combat-related health issues. The artistic program includes group singing and guitar instruction.

Working with the Veterans Administration and support organizations including MusicianCorps, the first workshop took place in Fall 2013 at the Menlo Park VA center and culminated in a Veterans Day celebration. The program, which has received accolades from opera star Joyce DiDonato, has expanded to a Veterans Home program, Pathway Home, in Yountville.

With a song list that includes “America the Beautiful,” Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” and “Blowin’ in the Wind,” Heroes’ Voices serves as a valuable outlet for healing. One vet writes, “Focusing my life towards music is the only way that I am able to turn those war-time experiences into something positive, so that I can give back to my fellow man.”

The current series of workshops will culminate on Nov. 8 with a celebration of singing, poetry and spoken word at the Menlo Park VA Welcome Center.



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Ruth E. Wilson
Lecturer in Horn
Music Department Publicity
Sonoma State University
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