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philadelphia

10Aug

Meet Randi and Alan Salko

Get to know our volunteers! What Virtual Program do you volunteer with? We volunteer for the WXPN MOC Philadelphia Program How long have you been volunteering with Musicians On Call? We’ve been volunteering for over 10 years Are you volunteer guides or musicians? Musicians What is your favorite song to play for patients? Somewhere Over the Rainbow or Stand By Me, for sure. Which demographic do you love playing for and why? We enjoy the adult areas of the local Philly hospitals and also the VA. Our Lady of Lourdes is a special favorite as the patients tend to skew older, which dovetails nicely with our setlist Do you have any livestreams or other performances coming up? Yes, we will be doing another volunteer session on Zoom for the Philly […]

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18Feb

Meet Jim McKay, Our Featu

Get to know our volunteers! What Virtual Program do you volunteer with? I volunteer for the WXPN MOC Philadelphia Program How long have you been volunteering with Musicians On Call? I’ve been volunteering for ten years or so Are you a volunteer guide or musician? Musician What is your favorite song to play for patients? I have to name two: Prelude from 1st Solo Cello Suite, by Bach, and Somewhere Over the Rainbow Which demographic do you love playing for and why? I love playing for adults of all ages, especially those who have not heard classical guitar before Do you have any livestreams or other performances coming up? I also play electric guitar, and my alt-country rock band is playing two gigs in February What is your occupation outside […]

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28Sep

Meet Chris Hoyler, 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 an Advanced Practice Nurse for pediatrics. I work in the Emergency Department of a children’s hospital in Philadelphia. Do you have any hidden talents? I’m a cat whisperer but nothing else musical! I can barely whistle! What is your story? What connects you with music and why do you volunteer with MOC? I enjoy being with musicians, singing along with them as they perform for patients. As a nurse practitioner for MANY years, I know how important it is […]

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16Mar

Meet Liz Shaw, Our Featur

Get to know our volunteers! What Virtual Program do you volunteer with? I volunteer for the WXPN Philadelphia adult patient program. How long have you been volunteering with Musicians On Call? I think I’ve been volunteering for 12 years? Are you a volunteer guide or musician? Guide What is your occupation outside of MOC? I’m happily retired! Do you have any hidden talents? Parking Karma (I can find the best parking spot in any lot!) What is your story? What connects you with music and why do you volunteer with MOC? My connection began as a young child. I was introduced to jazz through my Dad and his trumpet and opera by my Mom. And it wasn’t uncommon for a song to break out at family gatherings! At school, chorus […]

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27Oct

Meet Trish Houck, Our Fea

Get to know our volunteers! Do you volunteer at a specific hospital? St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children How long have you been volunteering with Musicians On Call? It will be 9 years this fall. Are you a volunteer guide or musician? Guide What is your occupation outside of MOC? I am a programmer for the Dept of Behavior Health an Intellectual Disabilities in the City of Philadelphia. Do you have any hidden talents? My interests are wide. Despite the fact that I hate running, I recently ran my first (and last) ultra-marathon, 27+ miles, on the wild azalea trail in Louisiana. I knit, I crochet, and this year I have an intention to reduce the amount of UFO’s (unfinished objects) I have in my possession. That 3 yr old lacy […]

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17Dec

Meet Richard McLaughlin,

Get to know our volunteers! Do you volunteer at a specific hospital? I volunteer at St. Christopher and CHOP (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia) How long have you been volunteering with Musicians On Call? I have been a volunteer for over 10 years Are you a volunteer guide or musician? Musician What is your favorite song to play for patients? Five Little Ducks Have you ever been part of an impromptu jam session with patients or family in a hospital room? My songs are always interactive. Sometimes they sing along and sometimes they don’t. Do you perform anywhere else besides with MOC? I use my music In my classroom, at church, and I get a gig every once in a while. What is your occupation outside of MOC? I am a […]

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10Sep

Meet Amy Sweeney, Our Fea

Get to know our volunteers! Do you volunteer at a specific hospital? I volunteer at Bryn Mawr, Lankenau and Lourdes How long have you been volunteering with Musicians On Call? I have been volunteering since 2015 Are you a volunteer guide or musician? Guide What is your occupation outside of MOC? I’m the VP of Brand Engagement for a production company Do you have any hidden talents? Hmmm…if I revealed they won’t be hidden! What is your story? What connects you with music and why do you volunteer with MOC? I have always had a deep connection with music. I grew up in Philadelphia which is a city with some of the most soulful music there is. My parents always had music playing in our home and can still hear […]

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02Jul

Meet Rick Duarte, Our Fea

Get to know our volunteers! Do you volunteer at a specific hospital? I volunteer at Sunrise Hospital. How long have you been volunteering with Musicians On Call? I have been volunteering for six months. Are you a volunteer guide or musician? Musician What is your favorite song to play for patients? My favorite song to play for patients is Here Comes the Sun. Have you ever been part of an impromptu jam session with patients or family in a hospital room? Yes! Do you perform anywhere else besides with MOC? Yes, I perform on various stages in Las Vegas. I work with Boyd Gaming, Stations Casinos, MGM Resorts properties regularly and do many corporate and private events. What is your occupation outside of MOC? Professional musician and owner of Frequency […]

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02Jul

Meet Keenan Kamalani Kama

Get to know our volunteers! Do you volunteer at a specific hospital? I volunteer at all current Chicago facilities: Lurie Children’s Hospital, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, and Chicago Methodist Senior Services. How long have you been volunteering with Musicians On Call? I have been volunteering for over 1 year! Though my journey started 2 years ago beginning with email communication, online training, and orientation. Are you a volunteer guide or musician? Musician What is your favorite song to play for patients? Over the Rainbow (the version by late Hawaiian singer Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo’ole) is always a favorite and a huge hit with everyone! I have a setlist I keep in my back pocket with lots of favorites for the kids (Old McDonald, Twinkle Twinkle/ABC medley, and any Hawaiian/hula song that transports […]

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02Jul

Meet Laurie Farmer, Our F

Get to know our volunteers! Do you volunteer at a specific hospital? I volunteer at Atlanta VA & Alive Hospice. How long have you been volunteering with Musicians On Call? I have been volunteering since 2013. Are you a volunteer guide or musician? Guide What is your occupation outside of MOC? Property/Assets Mgr and Retail Sales Do you have any hidden talents? Not-so-hidden, maybe more like hobbies: horses, tennis, singing with the church Praise team and a local band. What is your story? What connects you with music and why do you volunteer with MOC? Wow! This is tough to answer concisely. I’ve always been a huge lover of country music and musicals, performing on and off since high school. I’ve experienced and witnessed how music can change a mood […]

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