A Place To Be Helps People face, navigate, & overcome Life's Challenges using the Therapeutic Arts


“I am inspired by Tom Sweitzer’s incredible talent, dedication, and especially by his creative approach to his music therapy practice. His passion for his work is contagious – observing the transformative effect he has on the lives of so many is really something special. I was absolutely delighted to have had the chance to meet Tom and Forrest Allen, and to perform with the Different Strokes for Different Folks choir at the Sound Health: Music and the Mind events, as part of the Kennedy Center/NIH partnership exploring the intersection of music, health, and neuroscience. They were an integral part of the weekend’s success, and Tom is an especially remarkable advocate for the power of music and music therapy to move and heal us.”
-Renée Fleming-
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What's Happening at A Place to Be?


The cast of A WIll To Survive will be traveling to Washington, D.C. this Fall to perform at the renowned John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. 

Save the date and join this inspriational cast in their mission to spread a positive message of empathy and love. 

*Stay tuned to reserve tickets!*


"One Second of Grace"

A high school art teacher assigns his students to take a picture of the most meaningful second in their lives. 

Through painful personal struggles and normal everyday confusion, each teenager searches for that second. They begin to realize no matter how tough getting through life can be, every second holds the possibility for beauty. 

This show was Inspired by Grace Wheeler, a Loudoun High School student who wanted to create a show, opening the conversation about Mental health as it concerns the youth of today.

A new musical by Tom Sweitzer and Kyle Boardman, "One Second of Grace" is the newest addition to the series of shows that fall under The Same Sky Project. 

"One Second of Grace" will premiere this Fall, October 8th at Trillium Farm in Purcellville. 

Fall Updates

Summer Camp Fun!

Pop Rocks Recording Camp performed a set of cover songs through the decades, as well as an original! Check out the highlights from this week in their brand new music video below!


Community News

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. Here are articles highlighting this monumental event:

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The Soprano and the Scientist: A Conversation about Music and Medicine

by Robert Siegel, NPR


In Washington, an alliance between symphonies and scientists

Lev Facher, STAT News


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A Place to Be is supported and made possible by the following grants and partners: (2016-2017)

All professional photography by Sharon Hallman

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