Meet Barry Goldstein, Our Featured Volunteer from Philadelphia!

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How long have you been volunteering with Musicians On Call? I have been volunteering for almost 10 years!

Are you a volunteer guide or musician? Musician

What is your favorite song to play for patients? I Can See Clearly Now 

Have you ever been part of an impromptu jam session with patients or family in a hospital room? Yes, a number of times!

Do you perform anywhere else besides with MOC? Anywhere and everywhere!

What is your occupation outside of MOC? I am a retired School Counselor who has worked at all levels of schools in the city

Do you have any hidden talents? I try to work all my talents through music – nylon acoustic-electric guitar, singing, percussion, and dance. 

What is your story? What connects you with music and why do you volunteer with MOC? I got emotionally connected to music as a young child, attracted to the rhythms of Gospel, Rhythm & Blues and Rock & Roll Music. I taught myself all that I know and I now enjoy sharing this thrill with interested hospital patients through the amazing people associated with MOC. MOC is a well thought out, supportive organization of the highest caliber – well trained, caring, and dedicated workers and volunteers who provide a critically important service to patients in hospitals. I am delighted and honored to be part of this team!

What makes MOC different from your other volunteer experiences? I see the amazing effect I can have on patients each and every time I volunteer – the smiles, tears, and gratitude. It’s a unique, wonderful experience for me.

Has your life changed because of your experience with Musicians On Call? It has. I have become less self-centered and more caring, I believe.

What is your favorite #MOCmoment? So, so many. One that does stand out was the reaction I received from a severely mentally and physically impaired teenager last week at Children’s Hospital here in Philadelphia. He was somehow able to communicate his joy for the music through his movement and smiles.

Do you want to help us deliver the healing power of music? Apply to volunteer as a guide or a musician today!


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