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18Feb

Meet Jeff Gordon, Our Fea

Get to know our volunteers! What Virtual Program do you volunteer with? I volunteer for the Adult Virtual Program How long have you been volunteering with Musicians On Call? I’ve been volunteering since 2018! Are you a volunteer guide or musician? Musician What is your favorite song to play for patients? I love playing “Brown Eyed Girl” Which demographic do you love playing for and why? Adult, because I feel they can relate to the songs and find joy in them. Do you have any livestreams or other performances coming up? I play drums and guitar with a group, Prayers Beyond Boundaries that does interfaith Music Experiences at Churches, Synogogues and Universities. What is your occupation outside of MOC? I’m a Project Manager at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Do […]

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17Jun

Meet Matthew Ireland, Our

Get to know our volunteers! What Virtual Program do you volunteer with? I volunteer for Adult Virtual Programs How long have you been volunteering with Musicians On Call? I’ve been volunteering for about 4 and a half years Are you a volunteer guide or musician? Musician What is your favorite song to play for patients? “My Girl” – It’s a classic and never fails to make people smile. Which demographic do you love playing for and why? I’m happy to play for anyone, but I find that a lot of my repertoire probably appeals to adults and seniors. Do you have any livestreams or other performances coming up? Not at this time. Last year I shared what I called “Quarantine Club” performances with friends. It’s been a little while, but […]

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27Oct

Meet Peter Vaillancourt,

Get to know our volunteers! Do you volunteer at a specific hospital? VA Roxbury How long have you been volunteering with Musicians On Call? 1.5 years Are you a volunteer guide or musician? Musician What is your favorite song to play for patients? Patient’s Requests are always our favorite Have you ever been part of an impromptu jam session with patients or family in a hospital room? Our favorite experiences are when a patient joins in singing with us. Kristina, Karen, Steve and I have great memories of patient’s belting songs out along with us. Pure joy! Do you perform anywhere else besides with MOC? Steve and I play together as an acoustic duo (Pete and Steve) as well as with our band, The Middlemen. We play throughout MA, NH […]

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17Dec

Meet Kathy McMinn, Our Fe

Get to know our volunteers! Do you volunteer at a specific hospital? I volunteer at Tufts Floating Hospital for Children How long have you been volunteering with Musicians On Call? I have been volunteering for one year Are you a volunteer guide or musician? Musician What is your favorite song to play for patients? Whatever the patient asks for at the time Have you ever been part of an impromptu jam session with patients or family in a hospital room? Yes, I love when everyone in the room sings and dances. Do you perform anywhere else besides with MOC? I sing with Sippican Chorus. What is your occupation outside of MOC? I am a retired music teacher and direct three youth choruses at Indian Hill Music School. Do you have […]

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10Sep

Meet Debbie Cavalier, Our

Get to know our volunteers! Do you volunteer at a specific hospital? I volunteer at Tufts Floating Hospital for Children How long have you been volunteering with Musicians On Call? I have been volunteering for 6 months Are you a volunteer guide or musician? Musician What is your favorite song to play for patients? My “Three Little Pigs” song because it includes fun actions for the kids to play along. Have you ever been part of an impromptu jam session with patients or family in a hospital room? Not yet, but I look forward to it. Maybe tonight! Do you perform anywhere else besides with MOC? Yes, for the past 10 years, I have performed with my band, Debbie and Friends. We are a five-piece band and have played in many states, but […]

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21Jun

A Letter From A Musicians

My name is Missy Ducharme, and I’m a Musicians On Call Volunteer Musician in Boston. I’m reaching out on behalf of more than 700 volunteers across the country to encourage you to give to Musicians On Call this World Music Day (June 21), in celebration of their 20th anniversary of delivering music to hospital rooms. My journey with Musicians On Call all started with my first daughter, Emma Rose. She was born with a chromosomal disorder that attacked most of her organs, especially her heart. She spent the entire six months of her life in the hospital fighting through 10 surgeries. I clearly remember this one particular day when Emma had an open heart surgery, and I was at her bedside singing to her as she was resting, unable to […]

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25Feb

Meet Tom Smith, Our Featu

Get to know our volunteers! Do you volunteer at a specific hospital? I volunteer at Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center How long have you been volunteering with Musicians On Call? 6 months Are you a volunteer guide or musician? Musician What is your favorite song to play for patients? Take Me Out to the Ball Game Have you been a part of an impromptu jam session? Some great sing-a-longs but never a jam session. Do you perform anywhere else besides MOC? Yes. I perform throughout New England – mostly at coffeehouses, church basements, libraries, festivals, café s. What is your occupation outside of MOC? I am a retired technology professional. Do you have any hidden talents? I can play the harmonica through my ear! (a magician never […]

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18Dec

Boston Bedside Performanc

Musicians On Call was joined by hit recording artist Ingrid Michaelson on Saturday, December 15 to visit patients at Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center. Michaelson went room to room and played her ukulele for patients and their families as part of Musicians On Call’s Bedside Performance Program. Songs included “You and I,” “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “Mele Kalikimaka.” Ingrid made the special trip before her Songs For The Season show at the Orpheum Theatre. “It’s such a pleasure to join Musicians On Call to give the gift of joy to the kids here at Tufts Floating Children’s Hospital,” said Ingrid Michaelson. “Performing Christmas music always puts me in a better mood so hopefully it brightened the day of these kids.” Michaelson’s visit to Floating Hospital for […]

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28Nov

Meet Leslie Sanders, Our

Get to know our volunteers! Do you volunteer at a specific hospital? Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center How long have you been volunteering with Musicians On Call?  One year Are you a Volunteer Guide or Volunteer Musician? Guide What is your occupation outside of MOC? Global Brand Manager, Licensing What is your story? What connects you with music and why do you volunteer with MOC? “I volunteer with MOC because music is integral to healing, and elevating, our moods. I decided to change careers from being a music teacher into something in the medical field. I have always believed that music has a therapeutic effect, but music therapy is a young field so I decided to go into nursing or surgical technology. When I heard about Musicians on Call, I […]

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23Sep

Meet Matthew Ireland, a O

Get to know our volunteers! Do you volunteer at a specific hospital? I volunteer at The Boston VA and Floating Hospital for Children How long have you been volunteering with Musicians On Call? About a year and a half Are you a Volunteer Guide or Volunteer Musician? Musician What is your favorite song to play for patients? “I’ll say (Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay, but there are many others.” Have you ever been part of an impromptu jam session with patients or family in a hospital room? “Yes, many times. I like the challenge of making the visit special. Like, when a little boy wanted a song about dinosaurs, so we made one up on the spot.” Do you perform anywhere else besides with MOC? “Yes. I play out sometimes with […]

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