Meet Mary Mockus, our featured volunteer from the San Francisco Bay Area!

Get to know our volunteers!

Do you volunteer at a specific hospital? San Francisco Veterans Administration

How long have you been volunteering with Musicians On Call? 3 years

Are you a Volunteer Guide or Volunteer Musician? Guide

What is your occupation outside of MOC? Retired physician and surgeon

Do you have any hidden talents? I’m currently working on writing a blog

What is your story? What connects you with music and why do you volunteer with MOC? After 30 years as a surgeon, I have seen the healing power of music.

What makes MOC different from your other volunteer experiences? Opportunity for one on one contact with patients and families. Many intimate shared moments.

Has your life changed because of your experience with MOC? Yes. Renewed my passion for music and volunteer service

What is your favorite #MOCmoment? Watching a nonverbal stroke patient sing along with a musician because music touched a part of his brain not damaged by the stroke.

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


Charles Esten, wearing a santa hat, is playing guitar bedside for a hospitalized patient. The patient is smiling, showing gratitude for this moment of music and joy

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