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Listen to Judith Pinkerton – Journey – Strip Work to Music Therapy

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Judith Pinkerton – Journey – Strip Work to Music Therapy

Judith is a keynote speaker, author, radio show host, recording artist, and licensed board-certified music therapist. As a leading expert in music-based stress management, Judith empowers people globally to live differently.

Her call to action TEDxUNLV platform MUSIC POWERS POTENTIAL alerts people about their music listening habits that may provoke harm, addiction and dis-ease. As a popular speaker and collaborator, Judith addresses stress management to develop emotional fluidity and improve emotional intelligence with user-friendly life skills building capacity to deal with more stress. Audiences learn how to make music work like medicine, applying special mood formulas from all genres to regulate emotion. Featured in her popular podcasts, Judith spontaneously takes guests on a journey, weaving their life story with insights illustrated by their music choices and links to music medicine applications.

Judith has written numerous books, produced Music Medicine Pills™ including her artistry on violin, and creates constant new content at the Her accredited eCourses have been endorsed by the Nevada State Board of Nursing, Certification Board for Music Therapists, and other health boards since 1990. Judith is now available online for consultations at

Founder of Music 4 Life® Inc., Judith produces, presents and supervises Music 4 Life programs and products online and locally in Las Vegas, Nevada. Her work grew out of a hospital experience when her solo violin music replaced medication post-surgery. As a violinist, she has performed with symphonies from Switzerland to Alaska as well as dozens of stars on the Las Vegas strip, including Metallica, Elton John, Andrea Bocelli, and Donny Osmond.

Judith provided music therapy services for more than 11,000 patients in addiction residential treatment centers since 2012. Prior to her recovery focus, she founded and managed a nonprofit music therapy clinic for two decades as clinic director, researcher, grant writer, internship director and music therapist. She was responsible for securing over $500,000 in state and private grants to support people from “cradle to grave” with disabilities, mental illness and medical conditions. Judith spearheaded efforts resulting in the new Nevada law for music therapy state licensure. Judith is the first to receive that license in the USA.

Judith served her professional association as President of the Western Region Chapter of the American Music Therapy Association. She chaired Las Vegas’ only music therapy conference, attracting music therapists from across the country, Australia, England and Spain, and taught music therapy at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Judith’s global healing work has been honored by the Academy of Country Music and Aflac, Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce, and TEDxUNLV 2014. She has presented for the International Women’s Forum “Music an Instrument for Change,” International Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology, American Holistic Nurses Association, and numerous national conferences. Judith has been featured on radio, television, on the cover of St. Rose Hospital’s magazine, Corporate Wellness Magazine, Billboard Magazine,, Body Mind Spirit Magazine, Las Vegas Magazine, Maturity Today, Senior Press, So. Nevada Healthcare Journal, El Heraldo de Las Vegas, Las Vegas Review Journal, InLight Times, and The Las Vegas Sun.

Message From The President

Dear Rotarians,

I hope you all had a Very Happy Holiday season and are looking forward to the next six months of our Rotary Year!

I know I am.

We have new 25 Club officers and they are off to a dynamic start. They have many ideas for Socials and a new International Service Project with Destiny Rescue. More about this upcoming.

Our speaker today is our own Judith Pinkerton. She will tell us all about her music career here in Las Vegas and her latest music project. Las Vegas has been called the “Entertainment Capital of the World.” World Class large production shows, small venue music shows, the Smith Center for live music and plays, restaurants from most of the notable chefs and second locations for many eateries in New York and Chicago.

What is the history of entertainment in Las Vegas? I could not possibly detail it in this short message, but some of the most well-known entertainers have performed here over the years. The “Rat Pack” and Elvis are some of the most prolific as they have spawned several tributes shows. A good friend of mind is a Frank Sinatra tribute entertainer and performed at the Rio’s Rat Pack show back in the day. From the Rat Pack, we go to several high-profile entertainers such as Wayne Newton, Liberace, our own Danny Gans, (very missed,) and the “topless revues.”

Then came the magic shows, Siegfried and Roy, Penn and Teller, David Copperfield, Lance Burton, (I remember when Lance Burton signed a “13” year deal with the Monte Carlo,) and we all thought we wouldn’t live that long or would he!

Then came the big productions shows due to the takeover of the corporate bean counters. Production shows were more “cost effective” than paying name entertainers. These shows then gave way to the Cirque du Soleil shows. The original and still my favorite, Mystère, then KÁ, O, Zumanity, Elvis (gone,) Beatles Love, Michael Jackson and Criss Angel with his amazing magic. Now we have gone full circle as big-name entertainers are now performing residencies, the new thing!

We also host the NFR, (National Finals Rodeo,) Las Vegas Bowl, Vegas Golden Knights, Las Vegas Raiders, woohoo! A possible NBA franchise, an MLS Soccer team and so can an MLB Baseball team be too far behind? I have heard rumors that the Kansas City Royals are thinking about a move and Las Vegas is on their radar. I would rather have the San Francisco Giants, but they have a beautiful new AT&T stadium and a huge fan base.

The Smith Center opened in March of 2012 and suddenly, Sin City had culture. Major Broadway plays are on the playbill and local Las Vegas entertainers perform in the Cabaret.

I guess that Las Vegas IS the Entertainment Capital of the World! If you can’t find something to do…I wonder? 

Jackie Thornhill
Las Vegas Rotary Club

Member Highlights

Scribe – December 19, 2019

Las Vegas Rotary Club – December 19th, 2019

  • President Jackie Thornhill called the meeting to order.
  • Anil Melnick gave the invocation, Jerry Engel served as song the leader and Deb Granda was the Sergeant-At-Arms;
  • We had no visiting International Rotarians, two visiting Rotarians and eight Guests of Rotarians were introduced;
  • President Jackie Thornhill reminds Rotarians to attend the International Convention to be held in Hawaii in June;
  • President Jackie Thornhill reminds that the people of action campaign is ongoing and to send President Jackie photos;
  • President Jackie Thornhill reminds about monthly/quarterly contributions to the Las Vegas Rotary Foundation, and looking for donations to the permanent fund;
  • President Jackie Thornhill announces that the Rotarian of the month is Jim Hunt;
  • President Jackie Thornhill reminds everyone of the Celebration of life for Colonel Robert L. Barnard;
  • Rosalee Hedrick announces the winners for this quarter’s membership contest;
  • David Thorson reminds the club of the upcoming Wetzel Awards on 01/09/20 at 2:30;
  • Marie Walsh gave an update on Breakfast with Books;
  • Toni Kern gives an update on the planning of our annual fundraiser Cuisine and Octane;
  • Michael Williams gave a recap of our Magical Forest event;

Club Assembly

  • Rosalee Hedrick gave a recap of the Membership Committee. Project 140 produced 3 this quarter.
  • Kirk Alexander gave a recap of the successful SOAR Awards, Canned Food Drive, Santa Clothes, Wetzel Awards, Breakfast with Books, Bracken Elementary School partnership, Spread the Word Nevada, Highway Clean up, Magical Forest;
  • Bill Houghton gave a recap of TLC, RYLA, Interact and Rotaract Clubs, Peace Conference, 4-way Speech Contest, Valedictorian Luncheon and the Lefler Grant;
  • Ted McAdams gave a recap of the International Services programs such as Superbuild, Mayors Cup, World Peace Conference, International Youth Exchange, Open World, and the Global Grants;
  • Melanie Muldowney gave a recap of the Rotary International Foundation programs, the Paul Harris Fellowships, Vocational Projects, Scholarships, International Grants, Open World;
  • Kirk Holmes gave a recap of the Public Image Committee areas, website development, public Image/Social Media and program guest speakers;
  • Howie Hopkinson was not present, so President Jackie gave a recap of Special Projects such as 100% Attendance Awards, District Awards, District Assembly and Conference, UNLV Presidential Coin Presentation;
  • President Elect Richard Jost gave a recap of our fundraising events including Wine to Water, 25 Club Halloween Party benefiting the Canned Food Drive and Cigar Socials;
  • Anil Melnick gave a recap of the many fellowship activities held like the UNLV Tail Gate Party, Putting Tournament, Holiday Party, Family of Rotary events
  • President Jackie Thornhill presented the Somerset Academy High School Choir to sing Holiday songs and wished everyone Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year.

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