Sounds of Healing™

Genesis at the Crossroads’


Live, in-person

We invite you to experience healing
With our multicultural musicians from
Brazil, Venezuela, Morocco, The Middle East,
Europe, Pakistan, The Congo, Chicago & more

All proceeds and additional donations will be used towards Genesis programs addressing healing and the Genesis Peace Hub.
To make a tax-deductible donation, click here




Join us for a live, in-person program with musicians from Brazil, Venezuela, Morocco, Middle East, Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Congo ,& more…

A performance featuring Saffron Caravan, Genesis’ professional world music ensemble with Genesis’ youth musicians from Chicago and other conflict areas worldwide.

Guest Artists:
Chicago Blues Vocalist & Keyboardist
American Actor

A Global Collaboration of Saffron Caravan and Youth Musicians from Chicago and Other Conflict Areas Worldwide

For the very first time in our 20-year history, Saffron Caravan, Genesis’ professional world music ensemble made up of artists from cultures in conflict, will be joined by youth musician graduates from the last five years of our Genesis Academy Summer Institutes. The youth are from Chicago and many different areas of conflict. (DR Congo, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Venezuela, and more…)

All the students worked together virtually around the world to collaboratively compose four original songs for Sounds of Healing, one with Saffron Caravan. For the remainder of the program material, Saffron Caravan artists did the same.

Saffron Caravan

Genesis at the Crossroads’ professional world music ensemble unites artists from Iran, Afghanistan, Cuba, Morocco, India, the Middle East, Brazil, Venezuela and the US for cross-cultural collaborative performances, music education and roundtables on music, healing, and peacebuilding. This program features:

Badi Assad

Lebanese-Brazilian Vocalist & Guitarist

Aaron Bensoussan

Moroccan Vocalist

Haytham Safia

Middle Eastern-European Oud Player

Javier Saume Mazzei

Venezuelan Percussionist

Wendy Sternberg, MD

Founder & Executive/Artistic Director, Genesis at the Crossroads

Guest Artists:

Stacy Keach

  • Actor and Author

Katherine Davis

  • Chicago Jazz & Blues Musician

Tony Milano

  • Chicago Keyboardist

The Genesis Academy Summer Institute Graduates

A leadership and peacebuilding educational program for high school-aged youth from Chicago and other global areas of conflict. They live and learn together in four curricular areas: Heroes and Human Rights, Music and Peacebuilding, Environmental Sustainability, and Peace Journalism. With the arts thread throughout the program, students work to explore their individual voice, collective humanity, and the daunting issues we all face here in Chicago and as a global community.

Muhammad Faran


Patrick Reponse

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Andrea Valentina Perez

Caracas, Venezuela

Victor Angel Araque Rangel

Bogota, Colombia

Roheena Madni

Islamabad, Pakistan

Diego Madriz

Caracas, Venezuela

Additional Student Performers:

Genesis Academy Summer Institute Graduates from 2015-2019



Veronica Urbina


Safiyah Simpkins




Andreina Conde


Socheata Hong




Inspired by the Poetry of:

We are honored to be able to use the lyrical poetry from these two acclaimed writers for two original pieces in the Sounds of Healing™ repertoire.

Alberto Álvaro Ríos​

  • Mexican-American Poet and Professor

“A House Called Tomorrow”

Mark C. Johnson, PhD

  • Community Outreach Liason (Emeritus)
  • American Poet/Global Peacebuilder

“Held in the Light”

Original Sounds of Healing™ Lyrics​

All the students worked together virtually around the world to collaboratively compose four original songs for Sounds of Healing. Saffron Caravan artists did the same.

House of Healing

by Muhammad Faran

Es Tiempo de Sanar

by Roheena Madni and Andrea Valentina Perez

Millions of Hearts

by Victor Angel Araque Rangel


by Roheena Madni, Diego Madriz, and Andrea Valentina Perez

Sounds of Healing™
Production Team

Carlinhos Antunes

  • Sounds of Healing Musical Arrangement

Felippe Jr.

  • Sounds of Healing Visual Arts Producer and Director

Badi Assad

  • Musician, Composer, Author
  • Saffron Caravan Vocalist and Guitarist

Vitor Loureiro

  • Sounds of Healing Sound Engineer, Caverno do Audio

Shuling Yong

  • Documentary Filmmaker, Media for Social Change

Wendy Sternberg, MD

  • Founder & Executive/Artistic Director, Genesis at the Crossroads



Live, In-Person Program

Join people from around the world in this one-of-a-kind event

Sounds of Healing™ Roundtable – The Power of Music

Why do we turn to music to soothe ourselves in times of heartache, to ease our burdens and help heal our pain? Why does music enable us to find our center and feel joyous even when things are difficult? How can the arts and our own creativity help us become more resilient, manage protracted challenges, and transcend our circumstances? (These are core components of social and emotional learning for all ages.)

Join Saffron Caravan musicians, guest artists and Genesis Academy Summer Institute youth musicians from Chicago and around the world to explore the subject of healing more deeply in this live interactive discussion (facilitated by founder Dr. Wendy Sternberg.)

Roundtable Format

Live Zoom call with 2-5 musicians & facilitator

Capacity: 10-20 participants

Duration: 90 minutes – 2 hours

Number: One roundtable event or multi-segmented programming

Participant pre-requisites:

  • Experience Sounds of Healing™ virtual program
    (80 minutes)
  • Technology for participants to access Zoom

Programs can be further tailored to your needs upon request. We also offer programming for the military and refugee organizations.

Special Programming


One or multi-segmented summer, semester, or year-long programming $4,500 USD/Roundtable; we do ask your school/institution to contribute 1/3 ($1,500) of the total cost


Roundtable cost varies depending on quantity of programs booked


Interested in getting together a group of 10-20 friends or colleagues? Please email us at


Sounds of Healing™ Global Lyrics Competition

Enter your original song lyrics. Details coming soon.
Submission deadline: August 31, 2024

The top three entries will be turned into songs for a future performance

Help us bring more sounds of healing to the world


More details available soon

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Building peaceful communities at the intersection of social justice, education, and the arts to foster healing since 1999.

We envision a world where cross-cultural artistic expression and collaboration serve as a catalyst for interethnic dialogue and innovation, global understanding, healing and world peace.  Our education and humanitarian initiatives sustain and further those bridges while nurturing global leadership.  Together, we foster a just world for all, honoring our collective humanity.

Over the past 20 years we have created and produced over 150 performance, education and arts-based humanitarian peacebuilding programs.  

Our future Genesis Peace Hub will house all future Genesis peacebuilding programs, including a social entrepreneurship center, teaching farm, and sports and social change program.

We are a Chicago-based 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

Genesis at the Crossroads’



Sounds of Healing is a multi-year array of performances and interdisciplinary work focused on arts, trauma and healing. Components include musical performances, music and dance programs, multimedia and sculpture exhibits with musical installation accompaniment.

2000 – 2003

Signature Cross-cultural, Collaborative, Middle-Eastern/North-African Festivals & Peacebuilding Education Programs

Cross-cultural, Collaborative, Middle-Eastern/North-African Festivals & Peacebuilding Education Programs

Expansion to two-day outdoor festivals

Original performance work tours across the Featured at the UN’s 60th Anniversary

Showcased at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC

2004 – 2007
2007 – Present

Saffron Caravan Tours the World

The Genesis World Music Ensemble is created and plays at Genesis’ HAMSA-Fest in Chicago, The Kennedy Center, The Rialto Theater, Casablanca, Morocco, Bosnia, throughout the Middle East, and the United States

DuSable Museum of African American History (Chicago)

Chicago Council on Global Affairs’ Forum on Global Cities, Adjunct Program, 2019

Featured at WBEZ/Chicago’s NPR Station’s 25th Anniversary, 2019

Genesis Academy Summer Institutes

2015 – Present
Dec 2020 – May 2022

World Premiere & Rebroadcast: Sounds of Healing™ (virtual concert)

Sounds of Healing™ and
In-Person Tour

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June 2022 in Chicago
June 2023 in Chicago and Washington, DC

International sites TBA:
South Africa, Rwanda and Ghana, UAE, Brazil, Austria, Germany and France

June 2022 – Onwards

the sound of healing
is the sound of peace


We cherish and honor specific individuals who have made a significant difference to forward
Genesis at the Crossroads’ work of building peaceful communities that foster healing.

For the flagship SPOTLIGHT, we have chosen to illuminate

Mark Brunner

Though he is no longer with us, his legacy lives on…

Mike Pettersen

Wendy Sternberg, MD
Genesis at the Crossroads

Mark’s Family
Wife Jo Pangilinan & Sons Derek & Brandon




Chicago Co-Sponsors

Washington, D.C. Co-Sponsors


We greatly appreciate the support of
Congressman Mike Quigley (5th Congressional District of IL)