Health & Wellness Programs

Phoenix Symphony B-Sharp Health and Wellness Activities

B-Sharp Music Wellness, a W.O.N.D.E.R. Project

B-Sharp Music Wellness, a W.O.N.D.E.R. Project, promotes physical, mental and social wellness through the healing power of music. Music wellness has been shown to be particularly effective in reducing stress, improving brain function and promoting a healthy well-being at any stage of life. In older adults, music stimulates mental and physical function, maximizing overall heath. 

Goals of B-Sharp Music Wellness, a W.O.N.D.E.R. Project: 

  • To use music as a catalyst for overall wellness 
  • To explore the emotional and social benefits of music inherent in group interaction, music-making and memory recall 
  • To provide a safe, creative outlet for participants, caregivers and family members to engage in music

B-Sharp Music Wellness, a W.O.N.D.E.R. Project: Homeless Initiative
A multi-faceted music wellness experience for healthcare and community facilities that serve the homeless, this unique initiative uses music as a catalyst for joy and self-expression for individuals who often feel powerless and marginalized. The Symphony partners with five facilities: Circle the City, Lodestar Day Resource Center, Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development and St. Vincent de Paul Human Services Campus.

B-Sharp Music Wellness, a W.O.N.D.E.R. Project: Hospitals Initiative
This partnership between hospitals and The Symphony allows for musicians to perform varied and engaging programs in public areas of hospitals for patients, family members and hospital staff.

B-Sharp Music Wellness, a W.O.N.D.E.R. Project: Music and Alzheimer’s Research Initiative 
This collaboration between The Phoenix Symphony, College of Health Solutions Research at Arizona State University, College of Nursing and Health Innovation at Arizona State University, ASU Herberger Institute of Music and Music Therapy, Dignity Health and Barrow Neurological Institute, evaluates the impact of weekly music-based programs on long-term care facilities residents, caregivers, facility staff and Symphony musicians measuring stress levels through the use of quantitative biomarker protocols. 

B-Sharp Music Wellness, a W.O.N.D.E.R. Project: Alzheimer’s Caregiver Initiative
Designed for individuals with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias as well as their care partners, the Phoenix Symphony’s Principal Timpanist, Bruce Pulk, delivers exclusive pre-concert chats about the day’s music prior to Sunday matinee Classics Concerts at Symphony Hall.



The Phoenix Symphony gratefully acknowledges the Rob and Melani Walton Foundation (RMWF) for their generous support of this program.

B-Sharp Music Wellness, a W.O.N.D.E.R. Project is supported in part by a generous grant from the American Orchestras’ Futures Fund, a program of the League of American Orchestras made possible from the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation.

The Phoenix Symphony also recognizes the following donors fortheir additional support of this program:

  • The Diane & Bruce Halle Foundation

 To participate, contact our Education and Community Engagement office at 602-452-0470 or