CEO and Founder
Dr. Reuer is an internationally recognized and widely published expert in music-for-wellness and music therapy. As founder and CEO of MusicWorx Inc.», her San Diego-based contractual and consulting agency, Dr. Reuer manages a team of therapists serving children with special needs, medical patients, hospice patients , and individuals dealing with substance abuse, lifestyle change, and bereavement. Through the MusicWorx Inc.» international music therapy internship program, Dr. Reuer focuses her professional attention on music therapy program development and job development in San Diego County. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Reuer provides wellness, community-building, stress-management, and pain-management workshops and seminars for health care professionals, educators, and corporate clients all over the world. Dr. Reuer is a past president of the National Association for Music Therapy, later renamed the American Music Therapy Association. In 2000, Dr. Reuer received the American Music Therapy Association national Professional Practice Award. And in 2008, she received the prestigious American Music Therapy Association Lifetime Achievement Award.
Samantha Albrecht, MT
Mindful Music Coordinator
From the mountain valleys of Montana, Samantha received her Bachelor of Arts degree in music therapy and minor in psychology from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, North Dakota. During her time at North Dakota, Samantha was clarinet section leader of the UND Wind Ensemble, principal clarinet of the UND chamber orchestra, and substitute clarinet/bass clarinet for the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra. In the spring of 2016, she moved to San Diego to complete her music therapy internship at MusicWorx Inc. Here she gained clinical experience working with a variety of populations including addiction/substance abuse, developmental disabilities, homeless, medical, older adults, and Parkinson’s. Following the completion of her internship, she was hired on as a staff music therapist at Resounding Joy as the Mindful Music Coordinator. Samantha is excited to bring her passion and enthusiasm to the Resounding Joy team and to provide services for the communities of San Diego.
My passion is to heal the body as a whole by providing access to the physical, emotional, and spiritual part of each person through the use of music.
Resounding Joy Mindful Music Coordinator
Mindful Music Coordinator
Mikayla received her bachelor of arts degree in music therapy from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. While in the program, she travelled to Panama on a service trip in partnership with the Danilo Perez Foundation to use music therapy with at-risk youth and hospitalized children. In 2014, she relocated to San Diego to complete her music therapy internship at MusicWorx Inc.», gaining music therapy experience in medical settings, with military, personnel, with homeless populations, with substance-abuse populations, and people with developmental disabilities. In early 2015, she began contracting with Musicworx Inc., and now is a MusicWorx staff music therapist.
My passion for using music as a vehicle for expression and empowerment led me to a career in music therapy and unlimited opportunities to help individuals of all ages and abilities to live their best lives.
Resounding Joy Mindful Music Coordinator Email Mikayla.»
Director of Development
A passion for the performing arts led Jessica to pursue a career as a professional fundraiser. After graduating summa cum laude from Cleveland State University, Ohio, she continued her education at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia, where she earned a Master of Letters in Shakespeare and Performance. Jessica previously worked for Virginia Stage Company and Virginia Repertory Theatre before moving to San Diego last year. She is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and recently published a novel, Gatewright. Jessica hopes to engage the San Diego community in the great work that Resounding Joy’s music therapists and Joy Givers share with those in need throughout the year.
East Coast Semper Sound Program
Contractor | East Coast Satellite
Natasha was born into a military family and never identified with any one place as “home” until she moved to Boston to study music therapy at Berklee College of Music. Now a board certified therapist, Natasha’s passion is to utilize her musical and clinical skills to assist combat veterans in working toward various clinical goals. Having personally witnessed the negative impact war can have on veterans and their families, Natasha makes it her mission to give back to military personnel what they have so nobly given for their country. Currently, Natasha is a contractor with Resounding Joy’s East Coast Semper Sound program where she is able to realize her passions through music therapy work with veterans from WWII through Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) via music wellness and clinical music/instrument education.Email Natasha.»
Healing Notes Therapist
Originally from Kansas, Missouri, Rachel is a board-certified music therapist, who earned a bachelor degree from The University of Kansas in 2008. She completed her music therapy internship at MusicWorx Inc.», before embarking on her graduate studies, currently underway. Rachel is passionate about working with children of all ages and has accumulated vast experience in hospitals, private practice, and school districts in both Kansas and San Diego County. She has served as a volunteer for numerous nonprofit organizations, including Banding Together, Best Buddies, Children’s Mercy hospitals, Guitars in the Classroom, and Special Olympics. For Resounding Joy, Rachel provides direct music therapy and supervision to MusicWorx interns within the Healing Notes program that operates from the CVICU (cardiovascular intensive care unit) and the hematology/oncology unit at Rady Children’s Hospital—San Diego.
Semper Sound Music Therapist
Originally from Mountain View, California, Alex began his professional music career as a percussionist in the United States Marine Corps. After serving eight years, and deploying for one tour in Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom as a member of security forces, he was honorably discharged. In 2007 Alex was hired as the Director for the University of Memphis drumline. Subsequently, he attended the University of Memphis Rudi E. Scheidt School of music and graduated magna cum laude in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in percussion performance. Upon returning to California, Alex enrolled in the music therapy equivalency program at the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music. He has since completed his music therapy internship at MusicWorx Inc., and is a member of the Resounding Joy Semper Sound music therapy team. Alex is continuing his graduate studies to complete his MA in music therapy, and his focus is on expanding Resounding Joy’s mission to provide services to both active duty and retired/separated members of the armed forces around the globe.
For MusicWorx Inc.», Mandi provides music therapy services to older adults and individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. For Resounding Joy, Mandi facilitates Sound Mind outreaches. Additionally, Mandi provides in-home family music classes and private lessons in piano, violin, and voice.
Director of Education and Staff
Noelle is a board-certified music therapist with a bachelor degree from the University of North Dakota and certification in neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) music therapy. She joined the Resounding Joy team in spring 2008. Noelle coordinates general program development and oversees Resounding Joy music therapy and community music-making events throughout San Diego County. As a skilled presenter and advocate, Noelle communicates the Resounding Joy mission, programs, and training experiences with groups throughout the country.
Resounding Joy is the meeting place for music in community, expression, fun, therapy, and volunteerism. I feel honored to help facilitate that!
Resounding Joy Director of Education and Staff Email Noelle.»
Kristine has a master of arts degree in communication from UC San Diego and a bachelor of arts degree from UC Davis. Her diverse work history in academic, corporate, labor and nonprofit spheres has given her a wide breadth of skills in the communications field. Kristine joined Resounding Joy in November 2014.
National Military Consultant and Liaison
Contractor | East Coast Satellite
Rebecca is a Massachusetts native who earned her bachelor of music degree in music therapy at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, and her master of education degree at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. A board-certified music therapist, Rebecca has achieved her fellowship in neurologic music therapy and is a neonatal music therapy specialist. For Resounding Joy, she developed the Semper Sound music therapy program, is the director of East Coast Semper Sound programming in the Greater Boston area, and serves as their national military consultant and liaison.
For MusicWorx Inc.», Rebecca developed a telemusic therapy program that provides continuing music therapy to veterans who relocate to remote, unserviced areas and the curriculum for two Toolbox self-study courses:
- An Introduction to Military Music Therapy Programming: Working with Active Service Members and Veterans»
- Group Music Therapy Interventions Working in Neurologic Rehabilitation»
Rebecca frequently travels across the United States, lecturing at universities, academies, and regional and national conferences. Her passion for international music therapy has led her to Africa, India, and Japan, and each year, Rebecca visits Jamaica with the Jamaica Field Service Project to supervise music therapy students facilitating music therapy services in hospitals, infirmaries, orphanages, and schools of hope. Currently, Rebecca works at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and the National Intrepid Center of Excellence, providing music therapy services to returning veterans and their families as part of the National Endowment for the Arts Military Healing Arts Partnership.Email Rebecca.»
Director of Operations
Paola grew up in Brazil, and, as a member of the Brazilian national water polo team, she competed internationally in both high school and college. Paola earned a bachelor of arts degree in tourism from the Universidade Anhembi Morumbi in São Paolo before relocating to the United States in 2000. Paola manages both financial and administrative aspects of Resounding Joy operations, and, as a frequent witness to the benefits of music therapy, she is proud to support the Resounding Joy mission to make health and happiness.
Director of Semper Sound
Megan received her bachelor of arts degree in music performance from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. While pursuing her degree, she spent a summer as a volunteer in Cambodia, where she also studied human trafficking. This ignited her passion for empowering people who have experienced trauma. After completion of her bachelor’s degree, Megan lived in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, where she taught English, Spanish literacy, and music to children who were at risk or had been trafficked.
Megan received her master’s degree in music therapy at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, to specialize in neurologic music therapy. During her time at Colorado State, Megan worked as a graduate teaching assistant for the music, theater, and dance department and as a research assistant for the counseling psychology department. For the latter, she organized, conducted, coded, and transcribed interviews for research studies and co-authored a poster entitled “Science/engineering careers and the good wife and mother narrative,” which was presented at the 2015 meeting of the American Psychological Association, in Toronto, Canada.
Megan completed her music therapy internship at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where she worked with medically ill children and their families, facilitating individual, group, and family music therapy sessions in the hematology/oncology, bone marrow transplant, rehabilitation, pediatric intensive care, cardiovascular/thoracic intensive care, cardiovascular acute, infectious disease, and medical/surgical units. She has worked with a variety of patients, including those with terminal illness, traumatic brain injury, and post-traumatic stress disorder, children with developmental disabilities, and older adults.
Megan was the principal and assistant principal violist for the Westmont College Symphony Orchestra and for the Colorado State University Symphony, Opera, and Sinfonia Orchestras, and the violist of the Colorado State University Graduate String Quartet. She also plays guitar, piano, violin, and cello.Email Megan.»
Director of Special Projects
Lindsay received her bachelor degree in music education and theater from Saint Mary of the Woods College in Indiana. She taught music at the high school and elementary school levels in Indiana, South Africa, and Jamaica before pursuing her equivalency degree in music therapy from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. She moved to San Diego from Indianapolis to complete her music therapy internship with MusicWorx Inc.» and is thrilled to now be a staff music therapist for MusicWorx as well as the special projects coordinator for Resounding Joy.
Lindsay also is a 200-hour certified yoga teacher and level-one certified in healing touch and reiki. She is passionate about incorporating her knowledge of yoga and energy therapies with music to create a holistic approach to music therapy for her clients and their families.
Lindsay’s favorite yoga mantra is lokah samastah sukhino bhavantu, which translates to “may all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may my thoughts, words, and actions in some way contribute to that happiness and freedom.” Ellen Browning Scripps said, “The most important and beautiful gift one human being can give to another is, in some way, to make life a little better to live.” These quotes help to guide me through my life, and I whole-heartedly believe that through music, I am able to increase the quality of life and happiness of my fellow human beings.Email Lindsay.»