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Local Musician and Pitt-Johnstown Alum Featured Speaker at Annual Women's Event

Local Musician and Pitt-Johnstown Alum Featured Speaker at Annual Women's Event

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     Did you know that the power of music can reduce blood pressure, regulate breathing, stimulate memory, and calm our nerves and anxieties?  This will be the subject at this year’s Salute to Working Women Luncheon being held from 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 18, at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Living/Learning Center.

     Join local music enthusiast Rachel Allen and learn the importance and benefits of interlacing music into your life as she presents, “A Heart-Centered Approach to Music!”

     Participants will learn how music helped Mrs. Allen develop her personal interests and passions into becoming an astute performer, practitioner, and facilitator.  She will direct participants on how to use a heart-centered approach to blending music into everyday living.

     A UPJ alumna, Mrs. Allen is well-known in the Johnstown region as a singer, songwriter, performer, and percussionist.  She is a certified music practitioner at Windber Medical Center.  She is also a trained Health Rhythms, Clavinova Connection, and Guided Labyrinth Walk Facilitator and a member of the Interfaith Spiritual Healing Meditation team.  She currently is studying the harp in hopes of adding additional music to transitional care.  Her first solo CD entitled Almost There was released in May 2005.  In 2007, she was named the recipient of the National Organization of Women’s Ellen D. Hoffman Person of the Year Award.

     The seminar luncheon is presented by the UPJ Office of Outreach and Professional Services in partnership with Sodexho Campus Services.  The cost is $24 per person or purchase a table of eight for $184.  The registration deadline is Friday, April 8.  Additional information on the luncheon may be obtained by calling the Outreach Office at 814-269-2099 or visiting their website at

     The Office of Outreach and Professional Services at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown delivers quality educational programs and services to our region.  Through a strong commitment to developing community partnerships to meet educational needs, the office offers enrichment programs for adults as well as a variety of educational opportunities for children.  Operating within the Outreach Office is the John P. and Joyce Murtha Center for Continuing Education and Professional Development, which offers graduate-level study and professional development programs.

Posted by Sernell, Jeff on 3/7/2008 10:00:00 AM