A Place To Be

At A Place To Be, we work everyday to help people face, navigate, and overcome life's challenges using clinically based practices of music therapy.

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Last year, A Place To Be served over 375 families each week, delivered 17,000 hours of music therapy and performed more than 50 powerful productions throughout Loudoun County for more than 14,000 audience members. But the numbers pale in comparison to the the individual lives we supported through the clinical practice of music therapy. Read our stories in the 2017-2018 Annual Report. Flip through the Annual Report NOW!

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Will To Survive Soundtrack


We are so excited to announce that we released our first ever soundtrack from our original rock opera, A Will to Survive. The musical, which toured Loudoun County Schools in 2017 and also played at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.,  is based on the story of Will Robinson, a 17 year-old Loudoun County young man who took his own life on January 14, 2016. The original cast recorded the soundtrack full of uplifting music focusing on the topics of hope and accepting others and yourself no matter what life challenges you might face, as well as the topics of depression and suicide prevention. ORDER THE SOUNDTRACK NOW!

Someone Big Soundtrack


The“Someone Big” soundtrack is a compilation of songs that have been written, inspired and performed by the music therapy clients at A Place To Be. These songs touch on the many different challenges experienced by our clients including physical, emotional, behavioral, mental and overall wellness. ORDER THE SOUNDTRACK NOW

Sharing Our Gifts: Check out our 9th Annual Holiday Concert

More than 600 people packed the ballroom of the Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, VA for the A Place To Be's 9th Annual Holiday Concert: Sharing Our Gifts. From piano solos, to a show stopping "Jingle Bell Rock", multi-lingual holiday tunes and a Kazoo finale, this annual holiday recital showcases the power of music therapy and immerses audiences and participants in the holiday spirit.

Get Your Daily Dose of Music Therapy Inspiration


Need a daily dose of Music Therapy inspiration? Check out Tom’s Music Therapy Minute now available on our YouTube Channel for 60 secs of Music Therapy to your day!

Check out this amazing Tedx Talk given by our very own Tom Sweitzer. Tom talks about his own journey through his childhood all the way to co-founding A Place To Be and how music has the ability to make anyone feel big on earth. 

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Featured at The Kennedy Center

A Place To Be was honored to be a part of this unique scientific and musical weekend at the Kennedy Center. The Symposium, as a part of The Venue's "Sound Health: Music and the Mind" initiative, featured several presentations by world renowned Health Professionals and Music Performers alike, including the Director of the NIH Francis Collins and Soprano Renee Fleming. Our very own Tom Sweitzer, along with Forrest Allen and our Stroke Choir were invited to participate in the weekend's events to provide valuable insight into the world of Therapy and recovery through music.

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A Place to Be programs are supported by and made possible by the following 2018-2019 grants.

All professional photography by Sharon Hallman

Programming Icons by Caroline Elgin