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.

  • February 3 Steven Scholom
  • February 4 Barbary Grant
  • February 10 Steven Scholom
  • February 11 Barbary Grant
  • February 17 Steven Scholom
  • February 18 Barbary Grant
  • February 24 Steven Scholom
  • February 25 Barbary Grant

Every Wednesday at 12:30pm–3:30pm

Every Thursday at 12:00pm–3:00pm

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

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Performed by: Various Artists

HEART STRINGS — The Music of Italy
Heart Strings is Al Fabrizio on mandolin and Hugo Wainzinger on guitar. These two masters of Italian music will transport you to the sidewalk cafes of Rome, sunny Tuscan landscapes and relaxing gondola trips on the canals of Venice as they play classic Italian folk music, love ballads, and iconic Italian movie themes including the “Godfather” of them all!

The most exciting and creative music being made today crosses stylistic boundaries and blends multiple traditions to create vital new sounds. Charged Particles’ repertoire blends jazz styles with elements from Latin music, classical music, funk, and more. The group’s original compositions are mixtures of elaborate orchestration and opportunities for creative improvised solos as well as other composers of America’s most popular songs from decades ago, each played with a new twist.

BELLA 2 — Classical Music
San Francisco-based “Dynamic Duo” Eric Gaenslen on cello and Mimi Lee on piano invite you to enjoy works by Scarlatti, Pärt, Schubert and more. Eric is a highly sought-after cellist and has performed in venues across North America and Europe. Mimi, pianist, is a founding member of BELLA Music, and connecting with others through music, has always been her passion. She is a Board-Certified anesthesiologist, avid swimmer, yogini, underwater photographer and breast cancer survivor.

NANCY GILLILAND — Classic Romantic Songs
What better way to get ready for Valentine’s Day? Nancy Gilliland uses her rich alto voice as a perfect instrument to deliver both the mood and the musical message of Gershwin, Kern, Rodgers and Hart, Ellington and other greats of the 20s, 30s and 40s. Since moving to California in 1984, Nancy has become a“fixture”in the San Francisco Bay area music scene. Audiences have responded enthusiastically to her performances on both coasts from the San Jose Jazz Festival to Birdland in New York City.

THE SADDLE CATS — Western Swing
Winners of the Will Rogers Cowboy “Western Swing Group of the Year”and “Western Swing Album of the Year” by the Academy of Western Artists. The Saddle Cats four-piece band is enlivening Cowboy and Western Music with a singular energy and drive. Their avowed goal—to celebrate the swing tradition of Bob Wills, Milton Brown and Spade Cooley with abandon, finesse and exuberant spirits.

MINOR THIRDS TRIO — Jazz & Jazz-Influenced Pop Music
Led by guitarist Brian Fitzgerald, the Minor Thirds Trio is an engaging, multi-layered musical convergence that features Fitzgerald on 7–string guitar, Jesse Elias on traditional guitar, and Patrick North on acoustic bass. This trio uses remarkable communication skills to create thoughtful, sophisticated arrangements that feature a captivating, unique sound. A listener will be treated to anything from hard swinging traditional jazz arrangements to re-imagined classic pop tunes often disguised in clever, thought-provoking arrangements.

DOGWOOD — Pop Music
Tara Taylor and Eric Frykman combine various musical backgrounds and training to bring you a rhythmic-acoustic interpretation of Pop and Americana cover tunes from The Beatles to The Black Crowes and beyond. Excellent acoustic guitar and vocals are a hallmark of this wonderful duo providing crowd-pleasing tunes at their concerts.

MIMI DYE & FRIENDS — Classical Music
Mimi Dye, prominent American violist and violinist will be joined by award winning soloists, violinist Alex Eisenberg and pianist, Dmitriy Cogan. Join us for a concert of beautiful, melodic and uplifting classical favorites. “She demonstrated her command of the instrument persuasively, and played with concentration, skill, confidence.... and graceful phrases.” NY Times.

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