The Owensboro Symphony’s Music On Call Community Engagement program has been making a powerful and positive impact on the lives of inmates at the Daviess County Detention Center. Every Friday since the beginning of January, women in the detention center who had an interest in being a part of a choir have been working together in preparation for a public performance on Jan. 27 at 10:30 a.m. at Macedonia Baptist Church, 4839 Millers Mill Road.
“It’s proven, music has the ability to make a tremendous impact on people’s lives. It brings people new confidence, important transferable skills and raises their aspiration for the future,” said Jeremy Stephens, the Symphony’s Music on Call programming director. “It exciting for us to offer this program to the detention center again this year. It’s one of our most impactful Music On Call offerings, which continues to draw national attention.”
In the weekly sessions at the detention center, Cathy Mullins, a private music instructor for the Symphony, worked in conjunction with Gloria Dean an Owensboro Health Regional Hospital employee and director of the Owensboro Health Employee Choir.
“It has been very fulfilling for Cathy and I to work with these ladies the last couple weeks,” Dean said. “Music is a very powerful thing and I hope it lifts the spirits of not only the ladies in the choir, but those who will see them on Sunday. The experience has been a blessing to me and I’m looking forward to seeing them touch the hearts of people who are at the service.”
The Owensboro Symphony’s Music On Call Community Engagement program is designed to enhance and transform lives and bring comfort to those who are experiencing challenging circumstances. The program is made possible through the Owensboro Health Gives Community Benefit Grant.