The Music Program at Stanford Hospital provides music to patients, visitors and staff, which include live concerts, ambient music on the units, musician bedside visits, and portable CD players with a selection of CDs for patients' use. To make a request, please call Guest Services at 650-498-3333.

Music in patient rooms

Music allows patients and families to experience the healing value of music at their bedside and adds to a patient's recovery process. It can also bring comfort to those involved in end-of-life situations. This program provides music seven days a week for patients and visitors alike.

Our Hospital Musicians include harpists and guitar players: Barbary Grant, Verlene Schermer, and Pamela Bowen for the harp; and Jeff Buenz and Jim Nichols for the guitar. All room visit requests are free of charge. To request Bedside Music, please call Guest Services at 650-498-3333.

CDs for patients

Portable CD players and a selection of CDs are available for patients' use. Coordinators Fanny Zychlinsky and Wally Austin have diverse and extensive backgrounds in music. They will help you find the right music to soothe, calm, and energize.

To request CD players and CDs, please call Guest Services at 650-498-3333.

Concert Series


Initiated in August 2005, the Ambient Piano Series is sponsored by William Reller and The Reller Family in honor of Carolyn Wiedemann Reller. Listeners can enjoy talented pianists playing soothing and inspiring music from classical, popular, jazz, and other musical genres in a casual environment at the Stanford Cancer Center.

  • April 6 Steven Scholom
  • April 7 Barbary Grant
  • April 13 Steven Scholom
  • April 14 Barbary Grant
  • April 20 Steven Scholom
  • April 21 Barbary Grant
  • April 27 Steven Scholom
  • April 28 Barbary Grant

Every Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Every Thursday at 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Advanced Medicine Center Building
875 Blake Wilbur Drive
Stanford, CA, 94305

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Performed by: Various Artists

JOHN WORLEY, JR. — Eclectic Jazz
Flugelhorn Artist John Worley Jr. is adept at a multitude of styles, he has played with many national and international artists in Canada, Europe, Central and North America. Combining great technique with potent lyricism, Worley has created a unique sound. His music touches on all corners of the Americas, riding a world chart of bop, straight ahead jazz, tango, Afro-Cuban and more.

DOS GARDENIAS — The Music of Mexico
Dos Gardenias is a trio led by Manuel Constancio, guitarist and vocalist. Manuel was born in California and learned the songs of his Mexican heritage while playing music with his father. Enjoy a great selection of boleros, rumbas, sambas and bossa novas when Manuel is joined by bassist Steve Hanson, and violinist Harriet Newhart to bring this passionate, beautiful music to the Atrium!

CHIP CURRY — Western Swing
Take a trip back in time when Spade Cooley, Sons of the Pioneers, Bob Wills, and other greats were putting an infectious rhythm to country music. When sawdust was spread on the dance floor and hay bales were the house seats. String Summit brings you this music as it was meant to be played with mandolin, fiddle, steel guitar, acoustic bass and guitar.

PAN CARIBE — Caribbean Music and Beyond
Steel Pan, Guitar, Percussion. Bay Area Steel Pan Player,Tim Gutierrez, is joined by our own Jeff Buenz, guitarist, plus Percussionist for a melodic trip to Argentina, Venezuela, Brazil, Cuba and Trinidad.

PITCHFORK TRIO — Iconic American Composers
The Pitchfork Trio explore America’s musical giants performing works by diverse composers like John Phillip Souza & Jelly Roll Morton through George Gershwin’s era.Virtuoso guitarist Mark Holzinger is featured with veteran bassist Bing Nathan and San Francisco Magazine’s Best Piano Man, Eric Shifrin.

BILLY PACKARD — The Music of Italy
Billy got his got his first mandolin when he was a teenager and began studying Italian music with several senior Italian immigrant mandolin players, truly learning the music form from its source. Joining him is piano great Jack Bowers and bass wizard Steve Larkin. This concert will cover Italian songs, arias, and folk tunes. Ciao!

TLC TRIO — American Pop & Soul Music
The TLC trio plays a musical mixture of great American songs from artists like Ray Charles, Leon Russell, Stevie Wonder as well as smooth grooves from Marvin Gaye and Van Morrison. These musicans cover a lot of territory with suprb musicianship, vocals and showmanship.

PRIMARY COLORS — Jazz & Blues with elements of Soul, Pop, and Latin
The duo is a perfect vehicle for showcasing Nate Pruitt’s astonishing vocal versatility. With his smooth, rich baritone, he is one of the finest male jazz singers on the scene, a vocalist with seemingly infinite emotional resources who can improvise horn-like scat lines, croon with soulful conviction and deliver blues with total authority. Nate will be accompanied by Rick Vandivier, one of the Bay Area’s premiere guitar players.

Violinist Alex Aisenberg is the founder and Musical Director of Capriccio Music. As a soloist and chamber musician, Alex has performed in Europe, South and North Americas with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Odessa Philharmonic, Belgrade Radio Symphony Orchestra, Dubrovnik Festival Orchestra, Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and Heidelberg Chamber Orchestra. Born in Moscow in 1963, pianist Dmitriy Cogan has toured in France twice, performing in Paris, Nice, and other cities to enthusiastic reviews, and was laureate of the Jose Iturbi International Piano competition in Valencia, Spain. These two great musicians will perform works by Beethoven, Brahms, Waxnan.

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Every Wednesday and Friday

Stanford Hospital
Atrium (Ground Floor, between Units D and E)
300 Pasteur Drive
Stanford, CA, 94305

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Contact Greg Kaufman: 650-725-2892
Performed by: Various Artists

This Summer Concert Series is made possible by the generous sponsorship of the Reller Family in honor of Carolyn Wiedemann Reller.  Concerts are held every Tuesday, June through September on the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital cafeteria courtyard (Doobie Brothers Courtyard) located behind the rear entrance of the Stanford Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Center.

These concerts feature some of the best local and touring musicians offering a wide variety of music.  You can bring your lunch or purchase onsite and enjoy some great music each Summer!  All concerts are free and open to the public.  Subject to weather conditions.

Information about the next Summer Concert Series will be published Spring 2016.

Every Tuesday, June through September

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Doobie Brothers Courtyard, outdoor cafeteria patio


For information, contact Greg Kaufman, Music Program Coordinator: 650-725-2892