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Take a Breath brings artists, musicians, and subject-area experts together to explore the intersection of music, mental health, and community. In three free workshops at Mother AME Zion Church, we will witness the power of music to heal, guide, and inspire us at various stages of our lives.

Mother AME Zion Church is located at 140–148 West 137th Street between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard and Lenox Avenue, in Harlem. Get directions.

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Program To Include



Music and the Family
March 9, 2024, at 2:00 PM
Families are invited to take part in interactive activities and musical performances to demonstrate music’s key role in creating supportive relationships.


Shannique Richards – Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Psychiatry, Lenox Hill Hospital/Northwell Health 
Dr. Maria Francesca Roccisano – Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Services at Northwell Lenox Hill Hospital’s Outpatient Center for Mental Health   
Kristin Sharkey, MA, LCAT, MT-BC – Manager, Creative Arts Therapies in Inpatient Psychiatry, Lenox Hill Hospital


Dr. Tyrone Clinton, voice**
Fiona Simon, violin*
Audrey Wright, violin*
Cong Wu, viola*
Thapelo Masita, cello**
Satoshi Okamoto, bass*

* Member of the New York Philharmonic
** The Unsung Collective

Music, Grief, Healing, and Celebration
April 6, 2024, at 2:00 PM
Explore the process of grieving and how music can be part of our restorative path.  Learn more.


Reverend Malcolm J. Byrd Senior Pastor, Mother AME Zion Church


Sheila Antoine, MSN, RN – Director, Patient Care at The Zucker Hillside Hospital
Sylvia Földes-Berman, MS, LCAT, MT-BC – Supervisor of Creative Arts Therapy, Northwell Health South Oaks Hospital
Dr. Lauren Azalea Hanna, MD – Director of Global Mental Health, Director of Anti-racism & Social Justice, Associate Program Director for Adult Psychiatry Residency Training, Northwell Health's Zucker Hillside Hospital 


Dr. Tyrone Clinton, voice**
Andrew Griffin, viola**
Fiona Simon, violin*
Na Sun, violin*
Qiang Tu, cello*

* Member of the New York Philharmonic
** The Unsung Collective


Music, Mindfulness, and the Community
June 8, 2024, at 2:00 PM
In this workshop, we unearth the root causes of anxiety and understand how music-based mindfulness practices can help put our community on a path to wellness.


Nadia M. Rayhan, MS, LCAT-P – Music Therapist/Activities Specialist, Northwell Health's Zucker Hillside Hospital
Dr. Juan Gallego, MD, MS – Assistant Professor, Psychiatry, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
Nehal P. Vadhan, PhD. – Associate Professor, Hofstra University

Take a Breath is presented in partnership with Northwell Health and Mother AME Zion Church.