Deschutes Public Library News
Cafe Libri In Sunriver
Posted By: Liz Goodrich
Date Posted: 11/12/2005
Enjoy heavenly harp music at November’s Café Libi at the Sunriver Area Public Library on Saturday, November 19 from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. During this time, regular library services are available. This program is free and open to the public.
Donna Rustand, a Bend native, took up the harp 5 years ago after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. “I read an article that said when you encounter something catastrophic, it is good therapy to do something to help others,” said Rustand. Another local harpist, Gail Coon, served as Rustand’s mentor and even loaned her own harp to encourage Rustand to give the harp a try. Although music is a way of life for Rustand, who has a Master’s degree in music education and taught music in Oregon as well as Germany, playing a stringed instrument has been a learning experience she has enjoyed..
After becoming familiar with the harp, Rustand spent an intensive year earning her certificate as a harp practitioner. “Harp practitioners provide a compliment to regular medical treatments for patients and families. During her training Rustand learned to watch the medical signs (like heart and respiratory rates) and gage the music to ease specific symptoms. “If a patient’s blood pressure goes up, I can play calmer, softer music and hopefully aide in bringing it down,” said Rustand. She has recently marked her 700th hour of volunteer service at St. Charles Medical Center. “Harp music provides a soothing environment for patients, their families and even the staff at St. Charles.”
For more information about this or other library programs, please call 312-1032.