Who We Are
(Ode) is a string ensemble from southeastern Connecticut and Rhode Island, comprised of harps, bowed psalteries, hammered dulcimer and bodhrán. We are musicians interested in promoting the appreciation of these instruments, as well as the enjoyment and therapeutic benefit of their sounds. Ode ensemble performs music for groups in area communities.
Sandy Pereira, CCM is a Certified Clinical Musician, a graduate of Harp for Healing, founded by the harp therapy pioneer, Laurie Riley, and accredited by the National Standards Board for Therapeutic Musicians. Sandy studied human development and gerontology, with a number of early childhood, gerontology, hospice and therapeutic music certifications, is an active volunteer in the community, and can be found playing bedside harp for Yale New Haven Health at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in New London, CT, Westerly Hospital in Westerly, RI, and for Hospices in Southeastern Connecticut and Rhode Island.
Through Ep(ode), Sandy provides mentoring and educational support to Certified Therapeutic Musicians and Harp for Healing CMCP students. Proceeds from these services are donated each year to charities that work to support the appreciation of the harp and bring therapeutic music to communities.
"After silence, that which comes the closest to expressing the inexpressible is music."
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In 2021 and 2022, Sandy enjoyed two Harp Therapy and Guided Imagery certificate programs through Arpamagica, Centro di Ricerca Musicoterapica, (Milan, Italy).
"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything." Plato
The harp is an instrument of beauty and a powerful tool for healing, providing profound therapeutic benefits for relaxation, reducing stress, inducing restful sleep, and helping listeners release physical and emotional suffering.
Banner: Ode artist image of Dilling/Douglas Single action lever harp, No. 8, made by Arsalaan Fay, property of S. Pereira, used with permission
Mid-page: Amber “Ceili” in folk gut built by Dave Thormahlen (photo used with permission of clinician)
Lower: Rees Aberdeen Meadows lever harp with cherry blossom soundboard, property of S. Pereira