Northeast Mesa, Arizona, September 1, 2014 – The Jolee-Jaffa Music Foundation is now accepting pre-audition submissions for the JJMF Ensemble Forte, a string ensemble for young, advanced musicians.

In conjunction with the organization’s mission to bring the healing power of music to children and adults, the ensemble will perform regularly at hospitals, hospices, special needs schools, and nursing/residential care homes.

Applicants must meet minimum skill requirements and be prepared to rehearse in the Mesa area. Children and teens, between 8 and 17 years are encouraged to apply.

Executive Director Joanne Jolee, says, “We will maintain a high standard of musicianship and participants will be carefully selected through the audition process in order to provide a quality live music experience for the audience.”

There are clear benefits to both the performers and the audience. The children have an opportunity to develop their performance skills and also to perform a valuable community service. The sick and aged experience joy, and receive the scientifically proven healing benefits of listening to quality music.

Jolee plans to scale the program to other Arizona cities. “We are beginning with Mesa, where we are based, and will establish ensembles in other cities throughout Arizona.”

The foundation recently received nonprofit IRC status and is moving forward with its mission of health, healing and empowerment through music. Jolee continues, “Our mission is twofold, to see that every child has the quality music education that is a critical component to his or her  academic and emotional outcome, and raise awareness of new scientific research that proves the tremendous health benefits of daily music making for adults.”

Information and requirements for the ensemble can be found on the JJMF website. Sign up at the website to receive event notifications, the latest news, and ways you can get involved with the foundation at www.j-jmf.org.