HAMILTON, ON – The Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra partners with leading experts to present the panel discussion Music and Wellness: Shared Perspectives. This unique conversation takes place Thursday, July 18 at 2pm at the Hamilton Public Library Central Branch and is free to attend. 

An initiative of the HPO’s Wellbeing Committee, this event begins a conversation with the local community about the benefits of music for physical and mental wellness. Moderated by HPO Executive Director Diana Weir, the panel brings together three experts in their respective fields: Dr. Laurel Trainor, Founding Director of the McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind and ground-breaking researcher; Rachael Finnerty, Founder and Director of Education at the Ontario Music Therapy Academy; and Stephen Sitarski, HPO Concertmaster, music educator and mental health advocate.  

Highlighting current music cognition research and trends in music therapy, this panel discussion explores music’s therapeutic attributes and presents ways that music can be used as a tool to promote physical and mental wellness in everyday life. This event also features a short solo violin performance by Stephen Sitarski. 

Limited seating is available. Guests are advised to register in advance online. 


Music and Wellness: Shared Perspectives 
A Panel Conversation with the HPO
Thursday, July 18 at 2pm
Hamilton Public Library, Central Branch 
Hamilton Room 
55 York Boulevard 

Free Event 
Register at 

Media Contacts: 

Christina Volpini
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra
905.526.1677 X 226 

Kim Varian
Director, Development and Communications
Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra
905.526.1677 x222 


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About the HPO: The Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1884 as The Hamilton Orchestral Society and grew to become one of Canada’s major professional orchestras. Today, the HPO is a leader in Hamilton’s robust arts community where it provides professional orchestral services and music education programs to address the needs of the community. The HPO continues to commission and premiere works and is one of the artistic jewels of the Hamilton area. The combined musical talents of its artists continue to enrich the community and enhance the quality of life for its residents.