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New York

18Feb

Meet Wally Levis, Our Fea

Get to know our volunteers! What Virtual Program do you volunteer with? Before covid, I played many of the Manhattan hospitals and Montefiore in the Bronx. I also have played the Virtual Self Care program both before and during covid. How long have you been volunteering with Musicians On Call? I’ve been volunteering since 1999! Are you a volunteer guide or musician? Musician What is your favorite song to play for patients? So many wonderful songs out there! My favorite song is whatever one happens to be “just right” for the listener. My repertoire is what I call “Jazz Standards, Folk Classics, and Pop Favorites.” Which demographic do you love playing for and why? I really love playing for all ages. My biggest fan is a 3-year-old here in the […]

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28Sep

Meet Jeiris Cook, Our Fea

Get to know our volunteers! What Virtual Program do you volunteer with? I volunteer for the Virtual Self-Help Program How long have you been volunteering with Musicians On Call? I’ve been volunteering for about two years Are you a volunteer guide or musician? Musician What is your favorite song to play for patients? You’ve Got A Friend In Me Which demographic do you love playing for and why? I’d say anyone who likes soulful feel-good music is my audience. Particularly when sing-alongs break out. Do you have any livestreams or other performances coming up? I do a regular performance at Salt Gastropub in Byram NJ if anyone wants to drop by! The show usually starts at 6PM Do you have any hidden talents? I can wiggle my ears? Does that […]

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17Jun

Meet Ken Knowlton, Our Fe

Get to know our volunteers! What Virtual Program do you volunteer with? I volunteer for Senior Center Self Help How long have you been volunteering with Musicians On Call? I’ve been volunteering since early 2002 Are you a volunteer guide or musician? Musician What is your favorite song to play for patients? The Way you Look Tonight Which demographic do you love playing for and why? I’m an old soul at heart. I have 2 older brothers (10 yrs older) and my parents were older when I was born. I always felt this might be the reason why I feel such a connection there and love the songs from that era as well! What is your occupation outside of MOC? Sales/Marketing in the building tech business (sustainability) Do you have […]

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14May

Lou Tedesco’s Soulful S

Lou Tedesco has carried a love of music with him from growing up in a musical family to performing in New York’s All-State Jazz Band in high school and marching, pep, concert and jazz bands at the University of Maryland. A trumpet player himself since third grade, Lou has felt the powerful connection music creates for everyone. “Music is fundamentally a universal language. People feel it in their bones, in their hearts,” says Lou, “When you can provide an intangible tangible that’s so innate to a human being that’s going through a trying physical and mental experience, music implicitly draws out something that reminds people of their intrinsic humanity.” For more than 10 years, Lou has been helping Musicians On Call deliver the healing power of music in healthcare facilities. […]

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16Mar

Meet Jonathan Vitale, Our

Get to know our volunteers! What Virtual Program do you volunteer with? I volunteer for SelfHelp How long have you been volunteering with Musicians On Call? I’ve been volunteering for one year now. Are you a volunteer guide or musician? Musician What is your favorite song to play for patients? Anything from the American Songbook Which demographic do you love playing for and why? I love playing for elderly as they usually have a great appreciation for a solo vocalist performing with an acoustic piano. I also really enjoy interacting with this audience! Do you have any livestreams or other performances coming up? I perform regularly on Instagram lives at @therealdrjonathan What is your occupation outside of MOC? Family Physician Do you have any hidden talents? Songwriting, podcasting, cooking What […]

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16Mar

Meet Glenn Paul Manion, O

Get to know our volunteers! What Virtual Program do you volunteer with? I volunteer for the Selfhelp Virtual Senior Center, City of Hope, and our Adult Program Live Streams How long have you been volunteering with Musicians On Call? I’ve been a volunteer for 8 years. Are you a volunteer guide or musician? Musician What is your favorite song to play for patients? What The World Needs Now Which demographic do you love playing for and why? I love performing for all ages. I suppose that seniors best appreciate the old songs I tend to do. Do you have any livestreams or other performances coming up? I always have MOC gigs lined up. Later this month, we’ll be doing a streaming version of our “Reading ROCKS!” program for a local […]

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27Oct

Meet Judy Buchman, Our Fe

Get to know our volunteers! Do you volunteer at a specific hospital? I volunteer at several different hospitals around New York City. How long have you been volunteering with Musicians On Call? Since 2011 Are you a volunteer guide or musician? Musician What is your favorite song to play for patients? Glory of Love Have you ever been part of an impromptu jam session with patients or family in a hospital room? Yes. Actually, a tuba player, visiting a family member before his Broadway gig, took out his tuba and played along. Also, I have had many a singalong with patients and visitors when I sing Besame Mucho in Spanish. Do you perform anywhere else besides with MOC? Yes. I am the lead singer in my blues band, The Fountain […]

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23Dec

Musicians On Call Feature

As Musicians On Call rounds out its 20th anniversary celebration, we wanted to give a special tribute to the hospital where our Bedside Performance Program was founded.  Over 20 years ago, patients gathered in a Memorial Sloan Kettering recreation room to see Wynton Marsalis perform at a special concert hosted by The Kristen Ann Carr Fund. When caregivers requested more music for those who were too ill or unable to attend, Musicians On Call Co-Founders Michael Solomon and Vivek J. Tiwary were inspired with the idea for Musicians On Call, and our Bedside Performance Program was born! Musicians On Call celebrated this milestone at Memorial Sloan Kettering with a holiday concert. The TODAY Show was there to spotlight the concert with Multi-Platinum Recording Artist Ingrid Michaelson.  Now, you can double […]

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17Dec

Meet Ashley Grohoski, Our

Get to know our volunteers! Do you volunteer at a specific hospital? Yes, NYU Langone Orthopedic How long have you been volunteering with Musicians On Call? Actually coming up on my one year anniversary Are you a volunteer guide or musician? Guide Do you have any hidden talents? On the evenings I’m actually home I enjoy nerding out over computer coding…does that count? What is your story? What connects you with music and why do you volunteer with MOC? When I was younger, my dad had a habit of calling his long-distance family whenever their favorite song came on the radio; he would set the phone by the speaker the entire time. I think it was the easiest way of communicating how much he missed them. At any rate, I […]

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20Nov

Musicians On Call Celebra

Musicians On Call brought together supporters from the past two decades for its 20th Anniversary Celebration Presented by Citi on November 19 at Edison Ballroom. The event celebrated the organization’s impact on patients, families and caregivers across the country and raised $500,000 for its programs delivering the healing power of music. The night featured special performances by multi-platinum singer/songwriter Gavin DeGraw and singer/songwriter and star of TV’s NASHVILLE Charles Esten. Musicians On Call Co-Founders Michael Solomon, Co-Founder and Partner of Brick Wall and 10x Management, and Vivek J. Tiwary, Founder and CEO of Tiwary Entertainment Group and Lead Producer of Broadway’s newest musical Jagged Little Pill, were honored during the event, each receiving MOC’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Thanks to their vision of bringing the joy of live music to patients […]

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