• Faith & Hope.

  • Love & Music.

About Us

We are a Special Orchestral/Instrumental Ensemble for Individuals with Special Needs.

Hearts For Music is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created to provide opportunities and avenues for individuals with special needs wanting to pursue their love for creating and performing music in a professional ensemble setting. At the core of Hearts for Music, is an orchestra made up of 20 to 25 children and/or young adults with a variety of special needs such as Down’s or autism. By manipulating and playing a combination of acoustic instruments, digital instruments and adaptive instruments, the Hearts For Music Special Needs Orchestra will tackle a broad range of musical works ranging from classical symphonies to modern pop and rock. Download our brochure for complete details, or call us at: (330) 298-5549 or toll free at 1-888-687-4218.

  • "We provide a safe, non-judgemental arena in which everyone speaks the common language of music. With a fistful of faith, a dash of hope, oodles of love, and never ending music, we transform disabilities into abilities."
  • "In a world where those with special needs are often hastily judged, Hearts for Music believes music transcends all boundaries, and there is a place for everyone in our orchestra."
  • "We created Hearts for Music to give children and young adults with special needs the opportunity to be rockstars in their own right, to perform as a group, and to be part of something magnificent."


Where We Meet

Currently we have rehearsals at Therapy and Wellness Center in Brecksville (Cuyahoga County, Ohio) and Hilltop Christian Church in Mantua (Portage County, Ohio). 2018 initial rehearsals are tentatively scheduled for Saturday afternoons from 2pm to 4pm. More dates/times will be added so please do check back with us.

Are There Fees?

$20.00 per child per session. Money from fees and donations are the lifeblood of our beloved orchestra. We never want fees to be problematic and will assist exploring a variety of funding avenues such as local county programs and the Ohio Autism/Jon Peterson Scholarship. Pay fees or donate now.

Who Can Participate

Our Special Needs Orchestra is open to all kids and young adults ages 8 years old and up who exhibit developmental and/or intellectual disabilities. Some diagnoses include Rett Syndrome, Autism, Down Syndrome among others. Adults over 18 are also welcome.

No Experience Necessary

While an understanding of music is helpful, it is unnecessary for participation. If your child or loved one desires additional music training, we can offer reccommendations.


Rehearsal Schedule

Each group rehearsal will be approximately 90 minutes in length. Group rehearsals are tentatively scheduled to begin mid-January 2018 on Saturday afternoons. This may change so please do check back to our website or call/email us for updates.

Other Opportunities

Please consider giving a gift of money or being a volunteer. Volunteers are vital to the success of our orchestra members. We love to have you be part of the Hearts For Music family!


Ready to Register?

Registration is now open for our Winter/Spring 2018 session. Simply download our registration form, fill it out, and mail it to us. Download registration form here.

Board of Directors

Kitrael Chin

President & Artistic Director

About Me

Rick Frato
Vice President
Andra Frato
Connie Edic
Marie Stehli
Sharon Davis
Conflicts Review Committee Member
Audrey Jackson
Conflicts Review Committee Member
Barbara Blazek
Conflicts Review Committee Member

John Sullivan
Legal Advisor

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