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Washington, D.C.

03Mar

Meet Nathan Sarkar, Our F

Get to know our volunteers! Do you volunteer at a specific hospital? Children’s National Medical Center How long have you been volunteering with Musicians On Call? 1.5 years Are you a volunteer guide or musician? Guide What is your occupation outside of MOC? Medical Researcher, entering med school in 2020 Do you have any hidden talents? I play piano in a few jazz groups in the DC area, and occasionally play some gigs. I’m also a sailing instructor. What is your story? What connects you with music and why do you volunteer with MOC? A family member of mine was treated at Children’s National Medical Center when I was young, and this was one of the formative experiences that pushed me towards a career in medicine. When I was about […]

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04Feb

Boyz II Men Brings “Mot

Musicians On Call is grateful for the support of The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and Spotify with their annual fundraiser. This annual charity event featured a live performance by Certified-Diamond-selling recording artists, Boyz II Men, and an appearance by guest DJ Jerzy. RIAA President and CEO/ MOC Board Chair Mitch Glazier and MOC Board Member Diane Pearson represented Musicians On Call and spoke during the show. The crowd danced to their classic jams like Motownphilly and slowed down for their platinum-selling ballads like End of the Road. The event took place not long after their GRAMMYs memorial performance in honor of Kobe Bryant. Proceeds from the event benefit MOC’s Bedside Performance Program in healthcare facilities in Washington DC’s greater metropolitan area, including Children’s National Medical Center, Virginia Hospital […]

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17Dec

Meet Ryan Leo, Our Featur

Get to know our volunteers! Do you volunteer at a specific hospital? I volunteer at South Miami and Virginia Hospital Center How long have you been volunteering with Musicians On Call? I have been volunteering for six years! Are you a volunteer guide or musician? Musician What is your favorite song to play for patients? One of my good feeling, go-to songs is “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz; however, I always try to pick a song last minute as I enter a room based on the reading I get from the patient and it’s amazing how many times I just so happened to pick a song that really connects with them. In that moment, that’s my favorite song to play for a patient. Have you ever been part of an […]

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17Dec

Meet Wendy Lanxner, Our F

Get to know our volunteers! Do you volunteer at a specific hospital? I volunteer at Children’s National How long have you been volunteering with Musicians On Call? I have been a volunteer since February 2018 Are you a volunteer guide or musician? Musician What is your favorite song to play for patients? It’s a toss up between The Wheels On The Bus and Shake It Off Do you perform anywhere else besides with MOC? Yes – I’m Musician in Residence at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center and I play bass in a band called Wendy & The Lost Boys What is your occupation outside of MOC? I am a music teacher Do you have any hidden talents? Hmm… not sure. I like to bake cookies. What is your story? What connects […]

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25Feb

Meet Alan Oresky, Our Fea

Get to know our volunteers! Do you volunteer at a specific hospital? I volunteer at Children’s National Medical Center How long have you been volunteering with Musicians On Call? 3 years Are you a Volunteer Guide or Volunteer Musician? Musician What is your favorite song to play for patients? Brahm’s Lullaby Do you perform anywhere else besides with MOC? Yes! I am a professional freelance violinist/fiddler in the Baltimore-Washington area. What is your story? What connects you with music and why do you volunteer with MOC? I have always wanted to live my dream, to be a professional musician and an instrumental music teacher. I have been fortunate and blessed to achieve these goals since 1968. Since my retirement from formal teaching in 2009, I have wanted to continue to give […]

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04Feb

RIAA And Spotify Honor Th

Musicians On Call partnered with The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and Spotify to present A Night to Honor the Power of Music on Wednesday, January 30 at the 9:30 Club. This annual charity event featured a live performance by multi-platinum GRAMMY winner, and 2019 GRAMMY Award nominee, Miguel and an appearance by guest DJ Jerzy. Proceeds from the event benefit MOC’s Bedside Performance Program in healthcare facilities in the greater metropolitan area, including Children’s National Medical Center, Virginia Hospital Center and the Baltimore VA Hospital, as well as its programs serving Veterans nationwide. Since 1999, MOC has delivered the healing power of music to more than 700,000 individuals nationwide. Of those, MOC has served more than 60,000 Veterans in 19 VA hospitals, including Walter Reed National Military Medical […]

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21Sep

Meet Paloma Costa, Our Fe

Get to know our volunteers! Do you volunteer at a specific hospital? Children’s National Medical Center How long have you been volunteering with Musicians On Call? 4 years Are you a Volunteer Guide or Volunteer Musician? Guide What is your occupation outside of MOC? “I’m a residential Realtor.” What is your story? What connects you with music and why do you volunteer with MOC? “Nine years ago, on New Years Eve, I met someone whose godson was in the ICU at Children’s. Fortunate to have never had any serious illnesses or accidents, I couldn’t stop thinking about how scary it must be to be in a hospital as a child (or to have a sick child in the hospital). I began participating as a patient services volunteer, and later advisory board […]

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05Sep

Lindsey Stirling Takes th

Violinist, Dancing With The Stars runner-up and YouTube Star Lindsey Stirling made several stops along her most recent tour to deliver the healing power of music! She visited patients at Chicago Methodist Senior Services, Children’s National in DC, the Atlanta VA, and Children’s Health Dallas and played bedside for patients through the Bedside Performance Program. The stops at Children’s Hospitals included a Seacrest Studio performance as well, which allows patients to tune in, call from their rooms, or stop by the hospital studio to ask questions or listen to Lindsey perform! Thank you, Lindsey, for adding these stops to your summer tour this year!

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18Jun

Meet Nick Stukel, our fea

Get to know our volunteers! Do you volunteer at a specific hospital? I volunteer at Children’s National Medical Center How long have you been volunteering with Musicians On Call? Around 4 years! Are you a Volunteer Guide or Volunteer Musician? Musician What is your favorite song to play for patients? Since I’m at a Children’s hospital, the most recent Disney songs are usually a huge hit; I love playing them, and the kids (and often their parents) love singing along. Have you ever been part of an impromptu jam session with patients or family in a hospital room? Yes, impromptu jam sessions are one of my favorite experiences with MOC! My favorites are the hallway jam sessions– sometimes, several kids and their families – along with nurses, doctors and techs – will all join […]

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19Mar

Meet Pete Papageorge, our

Get to know our volunteers! Do you volunteer at a specific hospital? I volunteer at Virginia Hospital Center How long have you been volunteering with Musicians On Call? 8 Months Are you a Volunteer Guide or Volunteer Musician? Musician What is your favorite song to play for patients? Puttin’ On the Ritz, Amazing Grace Have you ever been part of an impromptu jam session with patients or family in a hospital room? Yes, when whole families sing along. Do you perform anywhere else besides with MOC? Kelly’s Irish Times for St. Patrick’s Day festivities, and for CUA Homecoming. What is your occupation outside of MOC? Actor/Musician/Voiceover Performer Do You Have Any Hidden Talents? No, they’re all fully exposed! What is your story? What connects you with music and why do you volunteer with MOC? Long-time musician, since age […]

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