Resounding Joy was founded as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit by Barbara Reuer in 2004. Her inspiration came from her brother, Ronnie Reuer, who was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) and passed away when he was just eight years old. After witnessing the effect music had on Ronnie, Reuer was inspired to bring the healing power of music to other children.
The organization was founded as a sister organization to Reuer’s MusicWorx (a for-profit music therapy organization) to serve audiences that could not afford services through traditional music therapy organizations. She realized that equitable access to music therapy required not only lowering or eliminating financial barriers, but also outreach to communities to create partnerships and collaborations. Resounding Joy started out as a team of volunteers offering music therapy-informed experiences for socially-isolated seniors. The organization has grown over the past two decades and now achieves its goals with a small staff and funding from grants, corporate support, foundations and the generous contributions of individual donors.
Reuer retired from the organization in December, 2023 and the Board of Directors selected Kerri Fox to take her place as Executive Director and CEO. Reuer continues to run MusicWorx.
Resounding Joy’s staff of Board-Certified music therapists (MT-BC) strive to transform the health of individuals by using music as a therapeutic medium to address physical, emotional, social, and cognitive goals. Music’s unique ability to navigate damaged areas of the brain and transcend verbal communication makes it a powerful tool in the hands of a qualified professional.
Resounding Joy currently serves Southern California, Central Indiana, selected areas of Massachusetts and a national virtual audience.