Hattie Larlham residents partner with Hiram students for musical performance

On Wed., May 4, Hattie’s Creative Arts musicians will perform with Hiram College students. The performance will showcase work completed as part of a pilot program between Hattie Larlham and Hiram College. The event is from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. in the Frohring Music Building at 11746 Dean Street in Hiram, Ohio.

Last fall, Hattie’s Creative Arts music tracker, Sarah Weirich connected Hiram College students with Hattie Larlham musicians. Two Hiram students and three musicians with disabilities who receive services at Hattie Larlham collaborated on music projects.

“I think this is a great addition to our music program. It allows our artists to collaborate with another person who shares their love of music,” said Phylliss Steiner, director of Hattie’s Creative Arts. “We would love to provide this opportunity to more of our artists and get more Hiram students involved.  They will be creating music, becoming friends and soon, performing together.”

 Hiram College students will provide an overview of the program and share footage of the creative process. The short presentation will be followed by a performance from each of the Hattie Larlham musicians.

 “For some students, this work will lead to a career as professional music therapists,” said Dr. Dawn L. Sonntag, associate professor and chair of Hiram College’s music department. “For others, it will be a way to pay forward the gift of being able to express one's soul through music to individuals who might otherwise never have the opportunity.”

 Hattie’s Creative Arts is a Hattie Larlham program. Musicians, photographers, painters and sculptors work with children and adult with intellectual and developmental disabilities in one-on-one sessions. For more information, contact Phylliss Steiner at (330) 274-2272 or


About Hattie Larlham:

Established in 1961, Hattie Larlham is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Twinsburg, Ohio. The organization provides residential, medical, recreational and work training services to children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Association for the Developmentally Disabled (ADD), a Hattie Larlham agency, offers these services in central Ohio. Statewide, 1,800 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities receive services from Hattie Larlham. For more information, visit

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Tania Santos
External Communications Officer 
Hattie Larlham
(330) 274-2272, ext. 3049