'Harmony, Hope, and Healing' Helps People Through The Power Of Music

Rob Hart
April 24, 2018 - 7:43 am

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A group in Chicago wants to heal people through music.

Harmony, Hope, and Healing has been making music since 2003. 

The music program and choir helps people cope with violence, addiction, homelessness, and incarceration. 

"Music can help calm you when you are feeling really anxious," said Marge Nykaza, Executive Director. "If people are depressed or feeling isolated, many times we get them engaged through singing with us, movement, dancing, and playing percussion instruments."

Music, when combined with deep breathing, can help people forget about what's weighing on their mind.

"Take a breath, quiet yourself, listen to this piece of music, keep breathing, pay attention to these lyrics," Nykaza said.

She talks about a woman who was working through profound feelings of guilt.  The act of listening to, and then making music had a profound impact.

"For a moment there, I knew her depression and her anxiety was calmed and she felt good about herself.  It was a very special moment," Nykaza said.

Harmony Hope and Healing has been around for 15 years. It can be found at homeless shelters, community centers, and the Cook County jail.