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.

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

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

WEDNESDAY MARCH 4, 12:30 p.m.
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.

FRIDAY MARCH 6, 12:30 p.m.
KAT PARRA — Latin & World Music
Kat Parra, an award winning vocalist and composer, brings her Latin and World Jazz trio to the Bing Concert Series at Stanford Hospital. She has recorded four critically acclaimed CDs and has had the opportunity to tour both nationally and internationally. The trio is a stripped down version of her usual six-piece group, which gives the listener a much more intimate experience with Kat's voice.

WEDNESDAY MARCH 11, 12:30 p.m.
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, bass wizard Steve Larkin and superb vocalist Rebekah Ann Barton. This concert will cover Italian songs, arias, and folk tunes. Ciao!

FRIDAY MARCH 13, 12:30 p.m.
LEO HANSMANN & FRIENDS — Classical Music
This concert will feature some wonderful selections by composers Ludwig Van Beethoven and Felix Mendelssohn performed by Leo Hansmann, piano; Christine Payne, violin; Stephanie Wu, Cello. The concert begins with the first movement from the the Beethoven Piano Trio Op. 1 No. 3 followed by three short pieces for Piano and Violoncello and Piano and Violin. The program will close with the d minor Piano trio by Felix Mendelssohn.

WEDNESDAY MARCH 18, 12:30 p.m.
ROB HART TRIO — Eclectic Jazz
Rob Hart's band is an exciting blend of organic traditional jazz, fusion, funk, latin and textural experimental music, along with high-powered, on-the-edge improvisations. Don't miss this superb ensemble as they take you on a musical, melodic journey.

FRIDAY MARCH 20, 12:30 p.m.
MR. BARKY — Music of the 1960s
Mr. Barky is the wonderfully eclectic duo of Ernest Kinsolving and Karl Franzen.This concert will be a time trip through some of America's most beloved and omnipresent songs during the Folk Rock decade of the 1960s. Come groove with us as Mr. Barky performs Age of Aquarius, Sing in the Sunshine, Mr.Tambourine Man, Woodstock and many other iconic tunes that defined a generation.

WEDNESDAY MARCH 25, 12:30 p.m.
Inspired by the great musicians of this genre, Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, Eclair de Lune is a popular acoustic swing-jazz quintet.They deliver a soulful, far-ranging sound from Gypsy Jazz, Hot Club swing, bossa nova,West Coast jazz, tango, Parisian musette waltz, Great American Songbook, pop classics, and world café.

FRIDAY MARCH 27, 12:30 p.m.
THE ALBANY CONSORT — Classical Works by Handel, Bach & Heinichen
Oboes, horns, recorders and bassoon join the string group of the Albany Consort to bring the18th century to Stanford Hospital's acoustically brilliant Atrium. Led from the harpsichord by Jonathan Salzedo, the musicians delve into the intricacies of Bach and Handel with instruments styled after those that were in use back in the day. These are softer than today's more technologically advanced instruments and have a special ability to blend, create a soundscape that is at the same time glorious and intimate. The concert will feature Dances from Handel's opera Ariodante and Concertos by Bach and Heinichen.

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, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. from 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 this Summer!  All concerts are free and open to the public.  Subject to weather conditions.

12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

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