RELEASE: Sensory-Friendly Concert for Families with Special Needs

Sensory Friendly Concert, Marylhurst UniversityPortland Wind Symphony and the music therapy program at Marylhurst University present a Sensory-Friendly Concert on March 4, 2018

The Portland Wind Symphony, in partnership with the music therapy program at Marylhurst University, is pleased to present its third Sensory-Friendly Concert on Sunday, Mar. 4 at 3:00 p.m. at St. Anne’s Chapel at Marylhurst University. While this performance is ideal for anyone whose sensory needs make a regular concert setting difficult, everyone is welcome. The Marylhurst Women’s Chorale will join the Portland Wind Symphony to perform classical and popular works for choir and band in an environment that is comfortable and judgment-free. Accommodations include:

  • Lights up inside the performance hall
  • Lower volume and consistent sound level
  • Audience members are free to vocalize and leave their seat
  • Props to borrow such as scarves
  • Audience members are welcome to bring/use headphones
  • Special activities, including a “musical instrument petting zoo” for youth and a sing-along of Somewhere Over the Rainbow, standing alongside the choir or at your seat, your choice.

Sensory-Friendly Concert

Sunday, Mar. 4, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.

St. Anne’s Chapel, Marylhurst University



More about the Sensory-Friendly Concert Experience

Social stories are available to prepare a child for the performance. “A social story is an individualized story that describes concrete aspects of an event – the who, what, where, when, and why – in a clear and reassuring manner,” says Emily Ross, clinical coordinator of music therapy at Marylhurst. “The idea of a social story for the Sensory-Friendly Concert is about helping all audience members cope with potential anxiety in a new situation.” Ross specializes in autism and has worked with adults and children in private practice and at Victory Academy over the past 14 years. She also plays the French horn in the Portland Wind Symphony. To request a social story, email Emily Ross at

Marylhurst music therapy students will be on hand throughout the event to welcome and support audience members during the concert. Following the concert, Marylhurst students will offer information about music therapy, while facilitating a “musical instrument petting zoo” for children.

To help ensure the event is accessible to all, there is no cost – admission is free. Donations to Portland Wind Symphony are gratefully accepted, to cover event costs.


The Portland Wind Symphony was founded in 1988 by Dr. Daniel Cole. Cole began the group at Marylhurst University, as the Marylhurst Wind Ensemble. In the decades since, the symphony has grown to serve the entire Portland metropolitan region, providing a dedicated and ever-expanding audience with novel musical performances of all types of wind ensemble literature.

Founded in 1893, Marylhurst University is a premier, not-for-profit, professionally focused liberal arts and business university. Marylhurst’s community of scholars, professionals and artists offers exceptional master’s degrees, bachelor’s degree completion programs, courses, continuing education and impressive arts, music and cultural events.

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2018-01-31T08:11:43+00:00 January 31st, 2018|Counseling & Creative Therapies, Music Therapy, Releases|