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Heartpower performers include (from left) Jocelyn Halleck, soprano, Pablo Siquieros, baritone, and Leonard Patton, director of the SDSU Vocal Jazz Ensemble

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  • Helping wounded warriors
  • About Heartpower
Heartpower performers include (from left) Jocelyn Halleck, soprano, Pablo Siquieros, baritone, and Leonard Patton, director of the SDSU Vocal Jazz Ensemble
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Heartpower Performances, led by Marian Liebowitz, professor in the School of Music and Dance Department at San Diego State University, was awarded a $15,000 grant from Disabled American Veterans. The grant will fund performances at Veterans Village San Diego.

Heart and soul

Heartpower Performances is an outreach project for at-risk audiences and is an outgrowth of the SDSU Adams’ Project Performers Network, which provides career training and opportunities for music majors.

Specifically, the DAV grant will fund 12 concerts and 37 music classes to enhance the treatment of traumatic brain injury (TBI), post-traumatic stress disorder and addictions in the homeless veteran population in recovery at VVSD.

Helping wounded warriors

“There is a determination to explore additional methods of treatment, particularly with post-9/11 veterans,” Liebowitz said. “These warriors are demonstrating significantly different physical and mental symptoms than those who served in previous conflicts.

“Concussive blasts from IEDs and other explosions cause TBI, and it has been called the signature injury of the Iraq war. It requires a more diverse spectrum of treatments. Performing music, which involves so many aspects of brain function, is believed to recruit uninjured parts of the brain to compensate for parts that have been injured, and help those parts that are injured recover.”

About Heartpower

Since 1992, the Adams’ Project has been at the cutting edge of student performer community outreach. The project features a roster of emerging classical and jazz musicians enrolled in professional development curriculum at SDSU, including arts administration for performers.

Heartpower serves any segment of the population other music organizations can’t reach, including:

  • Foster youth
  • The mentally ill
  • Abused children
  • Those in the juvenile justice system

Performances showcase SDSU students who serve as role models to at-risk populations. The program illustrates that music is a vehicle for redirecting energy toward positive change. This new grant will continue support from the SDSU President’s Leadership Fund, Sigma Alpha Iota and Kiwanis International.

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