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Miami

18Feb

Meet Nicole Palsa, Our Fe

Get to know our volunteers! What Virtual Program do you volunteer with?I volunteer for the Pediatric Virtual Program How long have you been volunteering with Musicians On Call? I’ve been volunteering for five years Are you a volunteer guide or musician? Guide What is your occupation outside of MOC? I’m a Marketing Manager and freelance writer Do you have any hidden talents? I speak French! What is your story? What connects you with music and why do you volunteer with MOC? Music has always been my first aid kit in life, so when I learned about the Musicians On Call organization, I knew I had to be part of it. What I didn’t know was how profoundly it would impact me. I’ve been touched by the reactions of patients at […]

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18Feb

Meet Lisa Rochette, Our F

Get to know our volunteers! What Virtual Program do you volunteer with?I volunteer for the Veterans Virtual Program How long have you been volunteering with Musicians On Call? I’ve been volunteering for eight years Are you a volunteer guide or musician? Guide What is your occupation outside of MOC? I’m in Talent Management and Strategy for Nickelodeon Do you have any hidden talents? I’ll never tell! What is your story? What connects you with music and why do you volunteer with MOC? My ex-husband had Cystic Fibrosis so I’m very familiar with repeated and lengthy hospital stays. Because of those experiences, providing support for not only patients but their caregivers & family has been an interest of mine. When I learned about Musicians on Call, it was a perfect melding […]

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18Feb

Meet Alejandra Czarny and

Get to know our volunteers! What Virtual Program do you volunteer with? We volunteer for the Programa Virtual en Español (Virtual Program In Spanish) How long have you been volunteering with Musicians On Call? Alejandra: I’ve been volunteering for four years Susana: I’ve been with Musicians On Call for 5+ years Are you a volunteer guide or musician? We are Musicias What is your favorite song to play for patients? Alejandra: I love playing “Cancion de baniar la luna” Susana: My favorite is “Count On Me” by Bruno Mars Which demographic do you love playing for and why? Alejandra: Any kind of demographic, but particularly for people that are open to the messages that music might bring. Susana: We have been working with the Chidren at the Joe Di Maggio […]

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16Mar

Meet Joe Tunon, Our Featu

Get to know our volunteers! What Virtual Program do you volunteer with? I volunteer for the Veterans Virtual program How long have you been volunteering with Musicians On Call? I’ve been a volunteer for 3 years. Are you a volunteer guide or musician? Musician What is your favorite song to play for patients? Drift Away Which demographic do you love playing for and why? Veterans because I’m grateful to serve them back through music Do you have any livestreams or other performances coming up? I’m fortunate to be playing social distancing outdoor venues in Key Largo during the week and in Miami on the weekends. What is your occupation outside of MOC? After 30 years as an I/T engineer, I finally went full-time as a musician last year! Do you […]

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27Oct

Meet Marteen Longo, Our F

Get to know our volunteers! Do you volunteer at a specific hospital? Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital How long have you been volunteering with Musicians On Call? over 3 years Are you a volunteer guide or musician? Guide What is your occupation outside of MOC? retired school teacher/administrator What is your story? What connects you with music and why do you volunteer with MOC? Who doesn’t hum/sing along when they hear a great tune being played. Forget your problems, forget where you are, even forget the words sometimes – it just makes you happy to listen or be a part of it and enjoy for the moment. What makes MOC different from your other volunteer experiences? There is not really any sort of “work” involved, only sheer pleasure. Seeing patients and […]

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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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10Sep

Meet Christie Hervas, Our

Get to know our volunteers! Do you volunteer at a specific hospital? I volunteer at Holtz Children’s Hospital. How long have you been volunteering with Musicians On Call? I have been volunteering since September 2018 Are you a volunteer guide or musician? Guide What is your occupation outside of MOC? Sales and Marketing  Do you have any hidden talents? Singing in the car!  What is your story? What connects you with music and why do you volunteer with MOC? Coming from a family that has been in the Music Industry, I have always had a passion for Music and worked in the Music Industry with Polygam/Universal Music for over 20 years. Love the healing power that Music has!! What makes MOC different from your other volunteer experiences? Love Music and […]

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25Feb

Meet Joe Tunon, Our Featu

Get to know our volunteers! Do you volunteer at a specific hospital? I volunteer at Holtz Children’s and South Miami Hospital How long have you been volunteering with Musicians On Call? 6 Months Are you a Volunteer Guide or Volunteer Musician? Musician What is your favorite song to play for patients? “Guantanamera” for the Spanish patients Have you ever been part of an impromptu jam session with patients or family in a hospital room? Yes! One little boy had a toy keyboard that he pounded away on during a rousing “Sweet Home Alabama”! Do you perform anywhere else besides with MOC? Various churches and charities and one prison What is your occupation outside of MOC? Server Engineer Do you have any hidden talents? Public speaking / presentations What is your […]

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28Nov

Meet Brittany Perlin, Our

Get to know our volunteers! Do you volunteer at a specific hospital? Holtz Children’s Hospital How long have you been volunteering with Musicians On Call?  6 + years! Are you a Volunteer Guide or Volunteer Musician? Guide What is your occupation outside of MOC? “Music Publicist“ What is your story? What connects you with music and why do you volunteer with MOC? “Music is the ultimate universal healer. There is nothing that can replace the feeling you get when you see a smile from ear to ear on a child (or any patient for that matter) who is fighting for their life. Music does that for these patients. It gives them a 5-minute break from all of the pain and suffering they face on a daily basis to just enjoy a song. It’s […]

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23Sep

Meet Allison Kobasky, Our

Get to know our volunteers! Do you volunteer at a specific hospital? Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, South Miami Hospital and Holtz Children’s Hospital How long have you been volunteering with Musicians On Call?  7 months Are you a Volunteer Guide or Volunteer Musician?  Musician What is your favorite song to play for patients?  “Somewhere Over The Rainbow – easy favorite, because I can make the song sound a bit more fun with a pop flare for the kiddos and then incorporate more of a jazz tone when I sing it for adults.” Have you ever been part of an impromptu jam session with patients or family in a hospital room?  “A few of the patients I’ve met have a history in music, so many of them like to join in and sing with […]

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