Encore provides our guardians with opportunities to learn, write, play, record, and share music through Jams, Lessons, Tracks, and Retreats. 

We're thrilled to share our NEW Guardian Revival record label — now streaming on all major platforms, including Spotify, Apple Music, and Prime Music.


Community-based music jam sessions bring guardians and community members together on a regular basis to play and explore music, and build purposeful and meaningful relationships.


Our team works hand-in-hand with Guardians to help refine, play, record, and publicize their music by leveraging professional studios, equipment, and music professionals & artists. Guardian Tracks enables program participants to tell their stories through music to inspire, heal, and strengthen purpose.


Guardian Encore hosts  multi-day music retreat focused on learning, writing, and playing music. Participants learn new instruments, advance playing skills, perform in group and solo settings, and develop meaningful relationships with staff and other program participants.

Guardian Encore is supported by the ever-growing body of music therapy research. Over 70 years of research and focused studies make clear the positive impact and relevance music can have on our guardians.

Encore program director Matthew Sorena received his master’s degree in music therapy from Molloy College in New York and has been board certified since 2016. Matthew has worked with various populations in a range of settings, from hospitals to private practice. He has extensive experience working in the mental health field and is passionate about making music accessible to guardians so that they may find healing and a sense of purpose.


Guardian Encore welcomes first responders, veterans, and active duty military interested in music. Whether you have never picked up an instrument or have been playing for years, there is an Encore opportunity for you. 

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