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.

  • November 4 Steven Scholom
  • November 5 Barbary Grant
  • November 11 Steven Scholom
  • November 12 Barbary Grant
  • November 18 Steven Scholom
  • November 19 Barbary Grant
  • November 25 Steven Scholom
  • November 26 Holiday

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

Every Thursday at 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

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

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Performed by: Various Artists

RHYTHM ROUNDUP — Western Swing, Country, and Bluegrass
Rhythm Roundup is an acoustic band of musicians who have performed at many festivals and events.They play danceable, toe-tapping, hand-clapping rhythms in bluegrass, western swing, swing jazz, and cowboy styles. It’s hard to sit still when Rhythm Roundup comes to town! Richard Brooks, lead fiddle; Chip Curry, vocals, banjo, mandolin, guitar, and second fiddle. Michael Schwartz, vocals and lead guitar; Sam Morocco, bass.

FÊTE MUSETTE — Music of Paris and the French Countryside
Love the Louvre -- but searching for traditional music of the French countryside as well? Fête Musette will take you to pre-jazz Paris, as well as introduce you to the irregular rhythms of Alsace, the raucous bourrées of Auvergne and Berry, and the ancient Celtic part of France, Brittany. Of course we have the accordion, as well as fiddle, hurdy gurdy, (vielle à roue), dulcimer and guitar. Gary Breitbard, Jena Rauti, Peter Tommerup, Karl Franzen and Sarah Kirton are longtime friends and performers, playing French music for fun and dances. Join us for an irrepressible performance of tunes, songs and dance demonstrations.

ALBANY CONSORT — Classical Music
"What if Bach and Rameau had chanced upon Vivaldi's manuscript? What would they have done?" The Albany Consort answers that question with chamber music versions of Vivaldi's Spring and Summer Concertos as Bach and Rameau might have re-imagined these famous pieces. Plus some Telemann, Handel and Forqueray to complete the program. The minimalist virtuoso quartet to render these pieces consists of Jonathan Salzedo (harpsichord), Marion Rubinstein (recorder), Laura Rubinstein-Salzedo (violin) and Roy Whelden (viola da gamba).

NANCY GILLILAND — The Music of Frank Sinatra
This December is the landmark month of ‘Ol Blue Eyes’ 100th birthday. Considered by many to be the greatest male vocalist of the 20th century, if not all time, it seems fitting to celebrate his music in this special concert presented by Nancy Gilliland and her trio. The presentation will focus on the early years of Frank's career as a great ballad singer with the Harry James and Tommy Dorsey Orchestras as well as his album hits from Capitol, Columbia and Reprise Records from the 1940's through the mid 1960's.

TANGONERO — Argentine Tango
Tangonero is a San Francisco based ensemble dedicated to preserving the tradition of Argentine Tango. From the folk styling of Roberto Grela to the jazz infused grandeur of Astor Piazzolla, their arrangements cover the broad scope of tango history. Overflowing with intense passion, lust and sorrow, their performance captures the fire of the dance and the essence of a culture.

BILLY PACKARD — The Music of Italy
Billy 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!

PRIMARY COLORS — Jazz & Blues with elements of Soul, Pop, and Latin
The duo is a perfect vehile 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.

JUMP FOR JOY — Eclectic Music
Wiley and Debbie Rankin, known as Jump for Joy Music present a diverse repertoire that includes Bach, Beatles, Paul Simon, Pure Prairie League, plus some originals. They bring flute, voice, guitar, piano and harmonica to the Atrium's unique sound environment and always does a fun-filled and inspiring concert that brings out the joy in adults and children. They have received the 'Best of the Best' Award from Bay Area Parent Magazine. They will be joined by John Felsch on guitar and soaring vocals. Visit

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