Bay Chamber partners with Wayfinder, Carnegie Hall

Jan 14, 2018
John Merhmann works with a student.

Rockport — Over the month of January, mothers, family members, musicians and partners from Wayfinder Schools’ Passages program gather to begin the fifth annual Bay Chamber Lullaby Project, a program that pairs pregnant women and new mothers with professional artists to write personal lullabies for their babies.

The Lullaby Project seeks to support maternal health, aid child development and strengthen the bond between parent and child. Each year, parents from the Passages program come to the Bay Chamber Music School to work with members of its faculty on writing lullabies for their children. The participants are offered a creative opportunity to communicate feelings, hopes and dreams as they look to the future with their child, working with professional musicians to put words to song.

At the end of the songwriting process, each mother receives a recording of her final lullaby to listen to and sing with her baby. The completed lullabies also are made available on Carnegie Hall’s SoundCloud account each spring (

Beginning in 2013, Bay Chamber Concerts and Music School was invited to join Carnegie Hall’s Lullaby Project as a national partner. Carnegie Hall provides professional training and resources to partners across the country, enabling them to support families in their own communities. Including Bay Chamber Concerts, the Lullaby Project has been offered by 17 sites nationwide.

The primary goals of the Lullaby Project are to: encourage or initiate parent-child attachment and bonding for pregnant women or new moms facing challenging social or emotional circumstances; bolster participants’ self-confidence; promote communication between parent(s) and baby; and nurture participants’ capacity to be a loving parent and caregiver.

The 2018 Lullaby Project involves four faculty members from Bay Chamber Music School — Malcolm Brooks, April Reed-Cox, Nate Martin and John Mehrmann. They are joined by two student observers: Joaquin Contreras, from Bennington College in Vermont; and Chloe Isis, a student of songwriting with Brooks. The team from Wayfinder Schools is led by Erica Gates and includes five students from the Passages program.

For more information about the Lullaby Project or Bay Chamber Music School, visit or call 236-2823.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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