Our Music Facilitators

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Donald Mrozek – AKA Donny Roze

Donny RozeDonny Roze has a BA in Music and Psychology and a K-9 teaching credential and music endorsement. He has worked years as an activity director and music therapist and is Heart and Hope’s only fully employed Music Therapist for elders and adults with mental and physical disabilities. He was an elementary school Music Specialist for Central Point District #6 for fourteen years and spent 25 years as a professional entertainer.

He is devoted to promoting love, hope, comfort, humor and healing through music as an advocate for vulnerable people, including the frail and elderly.

Talia Rose

Talia Rose

Talia a harpist and harp therapist as well as a singer and storyteller who resides in Ashland. OR She has been working with therapeutic sound and providing uplifting entertainment for elders for over 20 years.

She is trained in harp therapy and is currently employed by Asante Hospice but has worked as a performing artist in a variety of venues for many years, delighting audiences with her songs stories and harp music.

She has a passion for bringing joy and enhancing the well being of those who are dealing with the issues of aging and specializes in working with dementia patients. She has played in senior residences all over Jackson and Josephine county as well as performing in churches, schools , wineries and a myriad of other venues.

Talia's Facilitation Calendar

Julie Rose

Julie Rose

A Northwest folk singer and member of the local Songwriter’s Association (SOSA) who plays acoustic guitar and writes inspirational healing, and encouraging music in the following styles: Folk, Country, Gospel, Jazz, Pop, World, and Traditional.

Julie has volunteered her time performing for benefits and fundraisers for local community non-profit agencies, and churches in support of the elderly (Heart and Hope Ministries), the homeless (Medford Gospel Mission), and drug addiction (Celebrate Recovery).

In support of seniors, she is enthusiastic and proud to utilize music therapy as a vital force and holistic tool that gives hope and positively increases the participant’s mood, behavior, and socialization skills.

Julie's Facilitation Calendar

Shula Morgan

Shula Morgan Bio for Shula Morgan

Shula Morgan grew up in Ashland, Oregon. Blessed with a musical family, Shula sang for churches, American Legion, Senior Citizens, Elks and Kiwanis clubs from the age of 7. Shula earned an Associate of Arts degree in music and has been teaching piano, voice, and guitar for over 25 years. Shula and her late husband Franklin Jonez performed all over the Rogue Valley both as a duo and in large bands. They were instrumental in starting the Southern Oregon Songwriters Association and together have written over 200 songs. Shula is a member of the gospel band “Soul Reflections” and as a duo called “Reminisce-SING” with Diana Roarty, blending their amazing harmonies in upbeat, beloved old tunes as they sing at retirement homes.

Shula's Facilitation Calendar

Diana Roarty

Diana RoartyBio for Diana Roarty

Diana Roarty is a singer/songwriter and long-term member of the Southern Oregon Songwriters Association. Diana plays her 12-string guitar and ukulele for entertainment and creative distraction in retirement homes. Also lead singer of “Soul Reflections”, a gospel-blues band that sings for Celebrate Recovery and other outreach programs in the community.

Words of Appreciation

“Hi, I’m Jennalee and I work in the Activities Department of Skylark Assisted Living Memory Care Unit. Heart and Hope Ministries comes into our community every Monday to play music and enrich the lives of our residents, and I must say that it is always one of the brightest parts of my week. The therapeutic effects of music, and power of the kindness and positive energy that Heart and Hope’s volunteers radiate never ceases to amaze me. People with memory disorders who have issues remembering many other things always remember the Heart and Hope crew. People who are normally reserved will sing and dance and those who are agitated or anxious always feel soothed and calmed. During the slow, relaxing tunes some people will nod off into a nap and wake up a few moments later with a smile, ready to sing along to the next song. The smiles on their faces are genuine and the happiness lasts throughout the day. In the evening I always can hear the residents and staff humming or whistling a tune from the show hours earlier. It reminds me of the simple things in life that are deeply engrained within us and bring joy no matter our age or ability.

The volunteers of Heart and Hope Ministries are wonderful people who are kind, warm and generous. They remember all the residents’ names and favorite songs, and always have many kind words and smiles for everyone. I believe they improve and enrich the lives of everyone their paths cross, and I highly recommend their services to anyone, even if only for the simple pleasure of listening to a classic, lovely song played beautifully. Thank you to everyone at Heart and Hope for all that you do!”

Jennalee ~ Skylark Assisted Living Memory Care Unit