Fostering healing, understanding and growth in Chicago - one note at a time.
After almost six years of study in music conservatory, cellist Allegra Montanari was frustrated. Hours of individual practice, orchestral auditions and a lack of performance opportunities left her disconnected with the gifts she had been given and the original reason that she and many colleagues had been called to pursuing the profession: to speak to people through music. Determined to change, Allegra set out to create an organization that would empower young professionals while serving those in need of solace.
Originally known as Musicians in Action, Sharing Notes was founded by Allegra Montanari in January of 2012. Sponsored by the Chicago College of Performing Arts, the program partners charitable musicians with hospitals and organizations that are in need of positive cultural experiences. Currently, Sharing Notes provides live music to La Rabida Childrens Hospital, the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital, and the oncology floors of Northwestern Memorial's Prentice Women's Hospital. Since January 2012, more than 75 Sharing Notes musicians have provided over 300 hours of music for hospital patients, visitors, and staff. In recognition of their outstanding service to their young patients, the La Rabida Children's Hospital recently recognized Sharing Notes with the 2013 Award for Community Partnership.
As the number of people touched by Sharing Notes increases, the program continues to focus on serving the community by creating unique performance opportunities that bring music off the stage to open both ears and hearts.