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San Jose

28Sep

Meet Lisa Christensen, Ou

Get to know our volunteers! What Virtual Program do you volunteer with? I volunteer for the Adult Virtual and City of Hope Programs How long have you been volunteering with Musicians On Call? I’ve been volunteering since March 2018! Are you a volunteer guide or musician? Guide What is your occupation outside of MOC? I’m a Strategic Account Manager for Steelcase Do you have any hidden talents? I know what’s inside nearly every piece of See’s candy, and I like helping others find their favorite piece! What is your story? What connects you with music and why do you volunteer with MOC? I read about how those with Alzheimer’s, i.e. Glen Campbell, can still remember and feel joy through music. That motivated me to start taking piano lessons again and […]

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17Jun

Meet Mariana W, Our Featu

Get to know our volunteers! What Virtual Program do you volunteer with? I volunteer for the Adult-focused virtual program How long have you been volunteering with Musicians On Call? I’ve been volunteering for about 20 months Are you a volunteer guide or musician? Guide What is your occupation outside of MOC? Program Manager Do you have any hidden talents? Not sure if this is talent or not – I’ve been told that I have a great sense of direction, i.e. can figure out complicated public transportation fairly quickly. A quite handy skill to have when traveling to a new place 🙂 What is your story? What connects you with music and why do you volunteer with MOC? I was reintroduced to music learning through a Ukulele ensemble program in 2016 […]

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12Feb

Volunteer Musician Greg M

Greg McMorrow, Volunteer Musician for Musicians On Call in San Jose, has been so inspired by his experiences delivering the healing power of music that he put his words to a song of its own! Written from the perspective of a fictional patient, Greg used the stories shared and experienced during the Bedside Performance Program to capture the impact one song can make. “I wanted to write a song that captures the patient’s view of the MOC Guide & Artist stopping by their hospital room to play some music. We walk in as strangers, leave as friends; and the feeling lasts forever.”   Greg became a Champion for San Jose to help pilot and launch the program. With the help of his support, we have been bringing live music to […]

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17Dec

Meet Laurel Johnson, Our

Get to know our volunteers! Do you volunteer at a specific hospital? Santa Clara Valley Medical Center How long have you been volunteering with Musicians On Call? 7 months Are you a volunteer guide or musician? Guide What is your occupation outside of MOC? Finance Consultant Do you have any hidden talents? I make mosaic garden pots. My dad was a bird artist and my brother and I are starting a business to showcase and sell my dad’s art on prints and canvas. We have big plans to expand our inventory to mugs, coasters and so much more! What is your story? What connects you with music and why do you volunteer with MOC? I was driving to work one morning and heard an interview with the CEO of MOC […]

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10Sep

Meet Greg “Mick&#82

Get to know our volunteers! Do you volunteer at a specific hospital? I perform for patients at Good Samaritan & Valley Medical Center How long have you been volunteering with Musicians On Call? I have been with MOC since September 2017 Are you a volunteer guide or musician? Musician What is your favorite song to play for patients? Brand New by Ben Rector Do you perform anywhere else besides with MOC? I perform as a soloist and with band members at local wineries, tap rooms, and cool venues What is your occupation outside of MOC? My wife Jackie and I operate a small business (healthcare) Do you have any hidden talents? I’ve published a novel, love to cook, and write songs. What is your story? What connects you with music […]

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17Jul

Volunteer Musician Writes

Mira Goto, a Volunteer Musician in San Jose, wants to share her experience delivering the healing power of music to patients near her. Of course, she told her story in the way we know best – through song! At Musicians On Call, we believe that one song has the power to transform lives, even if just for a moment. This song can highlight the magic that can be experienced through the Bedside Performance Program. Check out the song below! When asked why she wanted to volunteer for Musicians On Call, here’s what Mira had to say: I was actually pre-nursing in school. I always wanted to help people, and work in a hospital. While I decided to build a career in music instead, I feel this is a way I […]

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30Nov

Chris Janson Helps Kick O

On Thursday, November 29, Musicians On Call and Warner Music Nashville’s rising superstar and 3-time CMA nominee Chris Janson visited patients at their bedsides at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. This visit was Janson’s first opportunity to play for patients in local healthcare facilities and experience the healing power of music through MOC’s Bedside Performance Program, and the first program of its kind to happen in the San Jose area. MOC is preparing to launch its first Bedside Performance Program in San Jose thanks to financial support from the Valley Medical Center Foundation and Good Samaritan Health Systems. Janson’s visit is an example of the programs that will be held regularly at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and Good Samaritan. Both facilities share a strong commitment to improving the patient […]

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