Faith & Hope

About Us


We are a Special Orchestral/Instrumental Ensemble for Individuals with Special Needs.

Hearts For Music is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created to provide opportunities and avenues for individuals with special needs wanting to pursue their love for creating and performing music in a professional ensemble setting. At the core of Hearts for Music, is an orchestra made up of 20 to 25 children and/or young adults with a variety of special needs such as Down’s or autism. By manipulating and playing a combination of acoustic instruments, digital instruments and adaptive instruments, the Hearts For Music Special Needs Orchestra will tackle a broad range of musical works ranging from classical symphonies to modern pop and rock. Download our brochure for complete details, or call us at: (330) 298-5549 or toll free at 1-888-687-4218.




Kitrael Chin

President & Artistic Director

Rick Frato

Vice President

Andra Frato


Connie Edic


Marie Stehli


Sharon Davis

Conflicts Review Committee Member

Audrey Jackson

Conflicts Review Committee Member

Barbara Blazek

Conflicts Review Committee Member

John Sullivan

Legal Advisor



Where We Meet

Currently we have rehearsals at Therapy and Wellness Center in Brecksville (Cuyahoga County, Ohio) and Hilltop Christian Church in Mantua (Portage County, Ohio). 2018 initial rehearsals are tentatively scheduled for Saturday afternoons from 2pm to 4pm. More dates/times will be added so please do check back with us.

Are There Fees?

$20.00 per child per session. Money from fees and donations are the lifeblood of our beloved orchestra. We never want fees to be problematic and will assist exploring a variety of funding avenues such as local county programs and the Ohio Autism/Jon Peterson Scholarship. Pay fees or donate now.

Who Can Participate?

Our Special Needs Orchestra is open to all kids and young adults ages 8 years old and up who exhibit developmental and/or intellectual disabilities. Some diagnoses include Rett Syndrome, Autism, Down Syndrome among others. Adults over 18 are also welcome.

No Experience Necessary

While an understanding of music is helpful, it is unnecessary for participation. If your child or loved one desires additional music training, we can offer recommendations. Just come with a  love and heart for music!

Rehearsal Schedule

Each group rehearsal will be approximately 90 minutes in length. Group rehearsals are tentatively scheduled to begin mid-January 2019 on Saturday afternoons. This may change so please do check back to our website or call/email us for updates.

Other Opportunities within HFM

Please consider giving a gift of money or being a volunteer. Volunteers are vital to the success of our orchestra members. We love to have you be part of the Hearts For Music family!


Contact Us

Get in touch with us now!

Feel free to contact us to get more information.

As of March 5, 2020, we are experiencing bugs in our mailing system that is causing some messages sent via our Contact Us Form on our website to not reach us.  We are terribly sorry if your message to us in recent days fell into the black hole of the Internet.  Until we figure out a permanent fix, please call us at (330) 298-5549 or email:  Those two contacts are definitely working!  Again our sincerest apologies!

Our Addresses

4572 West Prospect Street
Mantua, OH 44255
Therapy and Wellness Connection
10010 Breckville Road
Brecksville, OH 44321
Phone:(330) 298-5549  Toll-Free:1-888-687-4218


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