About Us

SMAS Inner Circle

         The SMAS Inner Circle is a group of volunteer songwriters and professional music therapists who are especially talented, compassionate and trustworthy. The members of this group originally came to us either by recommendation or inquiry and it is within their hands that we have entrusted our most delicate stories.

        As our organization has grown, the calls upon our SMAS Inner Circle have alaso grown and it has become increasingly clear that it is our responsibility to actively pursue and include music therapy professionals within our SMAS Inner Circle group. Knowing that nothing can replace the attention of a professional music therapist on site, we try to bring a small fraction of the wonderful services they provide a bit closer to families that may not otherwise have the opportunity. Furthermore, we hope to humbly serve as an advocate for the critical work of MT's and highlight the need for our partners to hire more on-site MT's in the field. It is with all of this in mind that SMAS actively seeks the pro bono help of volunteer (ideally professional) songwriters and certified professional music therapists to bring into the SMAS Inner Circle.  

FAQ's:

Is this a paid position?
For now, unfortunately this is unpaid and simply a pro bono opportunity for music therapy professionals. We appreciate and understand that as professionals it is expected to be paid. Given our current budget, we simply do not have the resources. Having said that, we are actively seeking out grants in order to fund this aspect of our program.

What is the process as an SMAS Inner Circle Songwriter?
When a qualifying story comes in to SMAS, we email the specific story to an SMAS Inner Circle Songwriter. From there, we ask that it be turned into a song and sent back to us within 1-2 weeks.  

How often is an SMAS Songwriter called upon?
Typically, we have reached out to an SMAS Inner Circle Songwriter once or twice a year. 

Do SMAS Inner Circle songs and stories wind up on the website?
Typically, no. These stories and songs are considered best to be handled offline. Also, they are typically not subject to the fundraising aspect of our SMAS Jukebox.  

How do I become an SMAS Inner Circle Songwriter?
Email Austin at Austin@SingMeAStory.org expressing your interest and sign up as a songwriter by clicking on the Join Us tab at the top of this page. Proof of your MT-BC might be requested.  

Our SMAS Inner Circle Includes:

Alicia Barksdale, MT-BC
Nate Stein, MT-BC
Brittany Lesch, MT-BC
Veronica Butler, MT-BC
Mike Stavoli, MT-BC
Kelsy Reisinger, MT-BC
Ivette Farciert-Vivar, MT-BC
Noelle Pederson, MT-BC
Kimber Davison, MT-BC(MT Intern c/o Noelle Pederson, MT-BC)
Julia Sullivan, MT-BC
Jessy Rushing, MT-BC
Karen Miller, MT-BC
Derek Royce, MT-BC
Mikayla Beaulieu, MT-BC)
Aida Sanchez (MT Intern c/o Noelle Pederson, MT-BC)
Kamica King (MT Intern c/o Noelle Pederson, MT-BC)
Sara Cannon, MT-BC
Hannah Andrist, MT-BC
Kelly Robertson, MT-BC
Diane Garrison, MT-BC
Allison Longworth (MT Intern c/o Noelle Pederson, MT-BC)
Cole Eisenmenger (MT Intern c/o Noelle Pederson, MT-BC)
Carly Flaagan (MT Intern c/o Noelle Pederson, MT-BC)
Mandi Griggs (MT Intern c/o Noelle Pederson, MT-BC)
Katie Cox (MT Intern c/o Noelle Pederson, MT-BC)
Miranda Peyton, MT-BC
Anna Anderson (MT Intern c/o Noelle Pederson, MT-BC)
Kate Beever, MT-BC
Lindsay Zehren (MT Intern c/o Noelle Pederson, MT-BC)
Alex Lesser (MT Intern c/o Noelle Pederson, MT-BC)
Allie Longworth (MT Intern c/o Noelle Pederson, MT-BC)
Cole Eisenmenger (MT Intern c/o Noelle Pederson, MT-BC)
Joe Scharnweber (MT Intern c/o Noelle Pederson, MT-BC)
Samantha Albrecht (MT Intern c/o Noelle Pederson, MT-BC)
Annela Flores (MT Intern c/o Noelle Pederson, MT-BC)
Cory Woodrow (MT Intern c/o Noelle Pederson, MT-BC)
Emily Lobeck (MT Intern c/o Noelle Pederson, MT-BC)
Nathan Gillum 
Ralph Covert
Suede Stout
Alice Peacock
Jamie Polen
Treva Blomquist
Austin Atteberry
Evan Gerolimon
Danny Obadia
Stephen West
Kayla Ringelheim
Debs and Errol
John Reagan
Dana Lamb
Nathan Debrine
Mark Jensen
Reggie Stafford
Law Blank
Trish Torline
John Nelson
Daniela Sloan
Armando Perez
Doug Forshey
Chas E. Holland
Mark Matthews
Brian Catlin
David Tribble
Amanda Loduca
Andrew Barnes
Kevin Douglas
Amy Abernathy