Populations We Serve

People with Autism, Asperger's Syndrome, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy; Emotional Challenges of coping with bullying or self-esteem issues; people living with chronic illness such as Lyme disease and Cancer and those who just need A Place To Be.

Our clients come from all over Northern Virginia including, Loudoun County, Clarke County, Frederick County, Middleburg, Aldie, Leesburg, Winchester, Berryville, Ashburn, Hamilton, Purcellville, Chantilly, Lovettsville, Round Hill, Warrenton, Gainsville, Bristow, and Fauquier County.

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5 Years of Healing!

Our doors opened October 2010 with 25 clients who would show up for Music Therapy and Counseling. Now, five years later, A Place To Be provides services for over 200 families each week. We are based in Middleburg, Virginia and have satellite hubs at the Paxton Campus in Leesburg, INOVA Loudoun Hospital, and contracts in Loudoun and Fairfax County.

To date, our signature touring production, The Same Sky Project , has been viewed by over 15,000 students and community members and is expected to total over 25,000 this coming year! Our highly qualified professional staff has expanded to 6 full-time and 9 part-time employees who make A Place To Be and our successful Individual Sessions, Social Groups, Recitals, and Summer Camps run smoothly every day. Our Board of Directors work endlessly to support our staff and create
infrastructure for a sustaining, vibrant and inspiring business.

We keep all of our services affordable and offer financial aid for those that need support. We are the leading center for Performance-Based Music Therapy in the county and beyond. This fall we will be the Keynote performance at the National American Music Therapy Association. High Notes , a documentary about A Place To Be and its work with Forrest Allen along with other clients, is slated to arrive in theaters in 2016.

All in all, it's been a busy and deeply rewarding 5 years thanks to the welcoming arms of the community and the amazing donors and volunteers that help A Place To Be to be a place where people feel safe, inspired and able to be loved!


We believe everyone deserves to feel "Big" for a moment, they deserve to be applauded for getting up. Here, at A Place To Be most of our clients perform in front of audiences be it an On-stage production, or School touring shows or at our Music Therapy recitals. 

The chance to present yourself to others works on improvisation skills, conquering fears, and emotionally it fills up a part of the "self" that many times needs nurturing and attention.


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What Makes A Place To Be Different?
A Place To Be believes the world is yearning for more purpose. That through the arts we can find a common dialogue and connection to something bigger than ourselves.
Many people, especially young people ask, "What void do I fill in this world?"
A Place To Be tries to help people no matter their walk of life find deeper purpose through human experiences and the arts

A Place to Be is supported in part by the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the Ohrstrom Family Foundation, Intersections Inc., Blossom and Bloom, and the Loudoun County Government.  Thank you for helping make our mission possible.

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Photography by Sharon Hallman Photography