ABOUT THE LULLABY PROJECT
The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra is pleased to be one of over thirty organizations across the country and the world to be a Lullaby Project partner, a program of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute. Pregnant women, parents, and grandparents work with professional teaching artists to write personal lullabies for their children, supporting maternal health, aiding child development, and strengthening the bond between parent and child. The lullabies are then professionally arranged, recorded, and finally shared in a public performance featuring professional musicians and the mothers themselves. The MSO is delighted to partner with Sojourner Family Peace Center to bring this program to Milwaukee.
THE LULLABY PROJECT 2021 AND COVID-19
Like everything else, the 2021 Lullaby Project had to make some adaptations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our initial Creation Sessions were held in February and were hosted completely virtually. In this time, we got to know each other a bit, did some stretching and singing together, and guided participants to start thinking about what they wanted to say in their lullaby. After our initial sessions, the participants and their musician partners got to work and began the writing process of their lullabies. By the time we were ready to schedule Lullaby recording sessions, a vaccine was being distributed and COVID-19 restrictions were becoming more manageable, allowing us to bring in small groups of musicians with multiple safety and distancing protocols in place. Finally, we are delighted to culminate this year’s project with a special Lullaby Project Listening Party. We will gather, listen, and celebrate each others company as we honor those that were able to participate in the 2020.21 Lullaby Project. The dedication, commitment, creativity, and flexibility of everyone involved made it possible for us to finish the project this year. We extend our heartfelt thanks to all of you.
PROJECT PARTNER: SOJOURNER FAMILY PEACE CENTER
The mission of Sojourner is to transform lives impacted by domestic violence. Sojourner is the largest provider of domestic violence prevention and intervention services in Wisconsin, providing crisis housing, system advocacy and individual support to individuals and families who are hurting. Serving over 12,000 clients annually, Sojourner's primary goals are to ensure the safety of survivors of family violence and to provide a pathway out of violence for survivors and offenders through opportunities to make positive and lasting changes for themselves and their children.
Sojourner and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin formed a unique partnership to create one of the first co-located child advocacy and family violence centers in the country. Using a proven, collaborative model, the Family Peace Center accommodates a number of co-located and visiting partner organizations and service providers, including the Milwaukee Police Department Sensitive Crimes Unit, Milwaukee Public Schools, the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office, Aurora Healthcare Abuse Response Services, Core / El Centro, Project Ujima, Jewish Family Services, and others. Families receiving services at the Family Peace Center have access to a wide array of services to support their efforts to achieve healing, self-sufficiency, and freedom from abuse. Sojourner Family Peace Center is committed to creating communities where people live peacefully.
For more information, visit www.familypeacecenter.org. Sojourner 24-Hour Domestic Violence Hotline: 414-933-2722.
MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL
LULLABY PROJECT HELPS MOMS BOND WITH THEIR CHILDREN THROUGH SONGS
LULLABY PROJECT PROGRAM ARCHIVES
2019 LULLABY PROJECT PROGRAM
► Learn more about The Lullaby Project at the Carnegie Hall website here.
The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra would like to acknowledge the following organizations for their generous support: