“Turning Thirty" is a truly wonderful and unique program that brings the patient experience to life in a way that is both impactful and unforgettable. I first saw “Turning Thirty” at the World Congress on Continuing Professional Development and, along with the rest of the audience, was spellbound. People were crying and laughing, sometimes both at once. As we move on the path to value-based care, the Turning Thirty lessons become even more important. Everyone should see "Turning Thirty."
Tom Willner delivered a creative learning experience for my graduate level students in public health at Emory University. He was able to design a delivery model that met my two goals; to provide students an appreciation of the stressors facing families and caregivers during a health crises, and to demonstrate innovative ways of providing health education. Through the use of a musical, Tom enabled my adult learners to internalize the patient and caregiver experience in a way that traditional learning could not, and to better articulate their potential role as public health professionals in addressing these issues. In addition to being a joy to work with, Tom’s designer approach to meeting his client’s needs was much appreciated, and I will definitely work with him again in the near future.
Tom was the moderator for our Digital Panel Luncheon hosted by the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA). The panel consisted of three leaders within technology from the Atlanta area. Tom’s engaging style was very well received by our luncheon attendees. He was able to tee up the content and create a great flow while working through the questions and responding to the member’s answers. We received great feedback from the members of our association who have requested Tom moderate panels and discussions in the future. I would definitely recommend Tom and hope to have him join many more events!
Turning Thirty, The Musical
There is something really substantial here. The last song ‘I got life and life is good’ created joy in me – a precious thing to earn.
Seeing things differently is the guiding principle behind 'Turning Thirty,' which attempts to do for cancer what the Tony Award-winning musicals 'Next to Normal' and 'Rent' did for bipolar disorder and people living with HIV, respectively. Set it to music... Similarly, Willner's score packs emotional wallops along with punch lines.
The musical captures their devotion in 'I’m Here for You' as well as the surrealism of navigating cancer treatment in 'The Battle' between his doctor and cancer personified.
Tom’s diverse stylistic talents truly shine on this. The industry needs more music like his.
Thank you for composing such an amazing song for our ACS CAN Relay video. It is very inspiring and I know it will help motivate people to join ACS CAN.
Thank YOU Tom. Your wonderful music was superb. It set the atmosphere and everyone is still talking about the 'talented and gifted musician'. The selections were 'perfect'. I thank you and on behalf of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Nu Lambda Omega Chapter....we love you and look forward to working with you in the future.
Thank you for making our Luminary Ceremony so special these past few years by performing "Every Candle Has A Name!" in person & being such a huge supporter of our event with all the music performance fundraisers!
I have been listening to Tom Willner's music since I met him 9 years ago, and continue to be astounded by his extraordinary musicality, his magnificent voice and the great emotional depth I hear in each and every song. He has a tremendous gift as both a pianist and a creative lyricist, and I find myself awaiting each new song or newly arranged cover with great anticipation. Tom's music is a gift...what a talent!
So much of your music is what I can relate to in my life, so many memories that many of the songs could have been written about things in my life. From Wrong Side of the Door to September. Many songs on Turning Thirty I relate to as a caregiver. Thank you for all you do in the fight against cancer and for sharing your music.