Donny has a BA in Music and Psychology and a K-9 teaching credential and music endorsement. He has worked years as an activity director and music therapist and is Heart and Hope’s only fully employed Music Therapist for elders and adults with mental and physical disabilities. He was an elementary school Music Specialist for Central Point District #6 for fourteen years and spent 25 years as a professional entertainer.
He is devoted to promoting love, hope, comfort, humor, and healing through music as an advocate for vulnerable people, including the frail and elderly.
Talia a harpist and harp therapist as well as a singer and storyteller who resides in Ashland. OR She has been working with therapeutic sound and providing uplifting entertainment for elders for over 20 years.
She is trained in harp therapy and is currently employed by Asante Hospice but has worked as a performing artist in a variety of venues for many years, delighting audiences with her songs stories and harp music.
A Northwest folk singer and member of the local Songwriter’s Association (SOSA) who plays acoustic guitar and writes inspirational healing, and encouraging music in the following styles: Folk, Country, Gospel, Jazz, Pop, World, and Traditional.
Julie has volunteered her time performing for benefits and fundraisers for local community non-profit agencies, and churches in support of the elderly (Heart and Hope Ministries), the homeless (Medford Gospel Mission), and drug addiction (Celebrate Recovery).
In support of seniors, she is enthusiastic and proud to utilize music therapy as a vital force and holistic tool that gives hope and positively increases the participant’s mood, behavior, and socialization skills.
Diana Roarty is a singer/songwriter and long-term member of the Southern Oregon Songwriters Association. Diana plays her 12-string guitar and ukulele for entertainment and creative distraction in retirement homes. Also lead singer of “Soul Reflections”, a gospel-blues band that sings for Celebrate Recovery and other outreach programs in the community.