The accomplished local musicians listed below perform during Harmony for Healing at Tanner Medical Center/Carrollton at least once a month. They have a great love for music and enjoy sharing that love with patients, their families, visitors and Tanner employees. Thanks to the availability of these musicians and others, performances are scheduled at least three times a week and average 13 a month. View photos of recent performances.
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In 2008, Tanner Health System’s Harmony for Healing music therapy program was developed out of a desire to help team members, patients and their loved ones cope with the stressful times that often accompany a hospital stay.
Music therapy is an established healthcare technique that uses music to address the physical, emotional, cognitive and social needs of individuals of all ages. Research has shown that music therapy can help promote wellness, manage stress, alleviate pain and promote physical rehabilitation.
The music therapy program is funded through gifts to Tanner Medical Foundation. Proceeds are used to continue Harmony for Healing performances with the goal of hiring a full-time music therapist.
If you would like more information about Tanner’s Harmony for Healing music therapy program, please contact Jillian Walker at 770.836.9202.
Jan Adams is the accompanist for the Carrollton Community Chorus, a position she has held for 30 years, as well as the staff accompanist at the University of West Georgia, a position she has held for 15 years. A Nationally Certified Teacher of Piano, she has taught piano lessons in Carrollton for 35 years.
Cheryl Childers studied music at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. She has played piano for church services since she was a teenager. She is currently the pianist at Carrollton First United Methodist Church, a position she has held for 24 years. Her favorite music genres are classical and hymns.
Dale Hendrick began playing the piano when she was 10 years old. She earned a minor in music from the University of West Georgia. Currently, she is the pianist at Oak Grove Baptist Church in Carrollton. She performs a program of sacred music, including hymn arrangements.
Joe Lipham, DDS, studied music for 10 years under the late Mary Lou Munn, a music professor at the former West Georgia College. He holds a bachelor's and doctorate from Emory University, and his performance selections are derived primarily from the Romantic and Contemporary Periods.
Terry Lowry has served as the conductor and music director for the Carroll Symphony Orchestra since 2002, and is the volunteer music director for Tanner Health System’s Harmony for Healing music therapy program. Lowry’s schedule includes more than 100 performances worldwide each year. For more information, visit www.MusicalOverture.com or the Harmony for Healing Media Room.
Harry Nelson, a Carroll County native, has played classical guitar for over 20 years. He began studying classical guitar in 1993 at the University of West Georgia and later studied under John Sutherland at the University of Georgia for four years. Since 2008, Nelson has worked as the program coordinator for the University of West Georgia’s Department of Music. He teaches guitar locally and performs for special occasions around the west Georgia area.
Betty Tumlin began taking piano lessons at age 12 from various teachers, including Janice Warren and Patty Pritchard. Tumlin is currently the pianist at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Villa Rica, a position she has held for 50 years. She is retired from the Bank of Villa Rica where she was employed for 35 years. Her program always contains special arrangements of hymns, her favorite genre.
Jan Watts, a resident of Carroll County for 35 years, held the position of pianist at First Baptist Church of Villa Rica, Ga. – a position she held for more than three decades. She has played music in church since she was 12 years old. She holds degrees in mathematics and secondary education and is a retired high school math teacher.