Music

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The musicians below have accomplished great things in spite of their challenges. NeurAbilities is proud to have played a small part in their success. 

Katherine Highet

Katherine has been playing Classical Harp since the age of 15. Katherine also plays the Celtic Harp and the Piano. She has placed 1st in the Mid-Atlantic Irish Harp Competition in 2008 and placed 2nd in the Mid-Atlantic Irish Harp Competition in 2009. Katherine has performed at weddings, first communions, birthday parties, coffe shops and has volunteered playing the harp at numerous charity fund-raising events. Katherine is a student at Camden County College in Blackwood. In addition to her music, Katherine enjoys acting, singing, painting and dancing. For more information about Katherine and her journey with autism, please go to www.katsafe.com

Thomas Wagner

Thomas has been playing the Cello since the age of five. He has studied with Miae Shin, Derek Barnes and George Atanasiu. He has been a member of the Rowan Youth Orchestra, The Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra, and is currently playing with the Orchestra and String Ensemble at Rowan University, where he is currently a Junio. Thomas has been employed at J & J Snackfoods in Pennsauken since 2002. In addition to his music, Thomas enjoys traveling, caring for his parrot, Pheobe, and detailing his Mustang Convertible.

Emma Gormley

Emma Gormley has grown up in a very music family which is active in the traditional Irish music scene in the Delaware Valley. She began playing the violin at age 10 and was in orchestra while in middle and high school and was involved in the Tri-M music honor society from 2004-2006 while attending Eastern Regional High School. She has been performing traditional Irish dance music on the fiddle since 1996 and started with the Next Generation of Tradition Music, a youth group, which has had numerous appearances at festivals and concerts in the tri-state area. She received the Tommy Moffit award from the Philadelphia chapter of Comhaltas Ceoltoíri Eireann and placed first in traditional signing at the Mid-Atlantic Fleadh Cheoil, which enabled her travel to Ireland to compete in the All-Ireland in 2001. She now plays regularly at the South Jersey Irish Seisiun at the Treehouse Coffeehouse on Thursday nights and occasionally performs professionally with the music group McDermott's Handy.

Rocco Fiorentino

When meeting 13 year-old Rocco Fiorentino, it's easy to be captivated by his positive outlook on life and his warm, outgoing personality. It's just as impressive to listen to him sing and play piano, perhaps a recent jazz composition he wrote. And, it's wonderful to know that this young person, who is blind due to premature burth, is an award-winging advocate for all children who are blind or visually impaired. Rocco has been playing the piano since the age of 2. His greatest joy is his music. Rocco is a singer, plays drums and saxophone. He has appeared on Sesame Street for their 40th Anniversary, The Today Show, The 10 Show, ABC, CBS, FOXTV and performances throughout the country. Rocco is an honor student in the 7th grade at Voorhees Middle School. For more information about Rocco, visit his website - www.musicbyrocco.com

Music Therapy Groups for Children and Adults

Music Therapist Maggie Hofmann guided groups of children and adults as they made music together, and had fun. Maggie encouraged the participants to explore creativity and self expression through musical activities such as improvisation and songwriting, and focused on the social interactions that occured during the music.

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