Episode 34: Why is a Social Service Agency Running a Classical Music Program?

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Berkshire Children & Families (BCF), a social service agency serving Western Massachusetts, believes that partnering with families is the best way to promote healthy, happy children to make strong families and better communities. Carolyn Mower Burns, President and CEO, shared how through Kids 4 Harmony, an intensive classical music program for social change, BCF uses musical excellence as a vehicle for developing whole children and whole families.

Since this conversation was recorded, Massachusetts has lost a tremendous advocate for creative youth development. Carolyn passed in the Fall of 2016. She is missed.

Carolyn Mower BurnsCarolyn Mower Burns, LICSW, was recognized as a leader and champion for community-centered programs to strengthen children and families.  Prior to her death in the Fall of 2016, Carolyn presided over Berkshire Children and Families (BCF) for 27 years forging a legacy of leadership and innovation.  BCF is one of the most comprehensive family service agencies in Western MA, providing cutting-edge programs that create lasting opportunity for children and their families in Berkshire County and the Pioneer Valley.
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Episode 4: Bringing Classical Music Concerts to Homeless Shelters

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Whether or not someone has a home, they still deserve access to the creativity, dignity, and passion of live classical music. So believes Julie Leven, Founder of Shelter Music Boston, a social service organization that puts professional musicians to work in environments of need. Leven shares the power of bringing monthly classical concerts to shelter guests while engendering hope in music and humanity.

Julie_LevenJulie Leven is the Founder and Executive and Artistic Director of Shelter Music Boston. She was named a Boston Neighborhood Fellow in April 2014, is a 2012 graduate of the BU School of Management Institute for Nonprofit Management and Leadership, and is a member of the Handel + Haydn Society Orchestra and the BostonPops Esplanade Orchestra.  Continue reading “Episode 4: Bringing Classical Music Concerts to Homeless Shelters”