Adding Music to Medicine: A Resounding Success


The Black Olive Quartet brings a jazzy note at a Bing Concert Series' performance.

There is something about music that goes around the intellect and straight to the heart.

-Hospital musician Barbary Grant

The Marin Dance Theatre performed Sophie and the Enchanted Toyshop in the Hospital atrium for a special holiday concert.

We come with no agenda, no needles, no tubes to plug in.

-Hospital musician Barbra Telynor

Harpist Barbary Grant is one of six Hospital musicians who play in patient rooms, in the Cancer Center and in the hallways of care units.


Patients and families can experience the comfort of music in a variety of ways at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. The Hospital's music program features live music available six days a week, whether at a patient's bedside, on the hospital nursing units, in the Stanford Cancer Center lobby or through a weekly concert series. All the music services are free. The program's regularly scheduled events include:

  • Ambient Piano Series at Stanford Cancer Center, noon to 3 p.m. every Wednesday and Thursday. Listeners can enjoy talented pianists playing soothing and inspiring music from a broad repertory of styles in a casual environment in the lobby of the Stanford Cancer Center.
  • Bing Concert Series in the Hospital atrium, 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. A wide range of musical performers, both instrumental and vocal, present music in a venue that's open to patients, families, and visitors and staff.
  • Music on the Hospital Units. Musicians play on nursing units throughout the Hospital six days a week.
  • Music at bedside. Patients can request a Hospital harpist or guitarist to play at their bedside. This service is provided six days a week.
  • Reller Summer Concert Series. These live concerts are held on the patio of the Center for Advanced Medicine every other Thursday, 12:30 p.m. June through October. Listeners can choose from a wide variety of music styles while enjoying the beautiful grounds and typically great Northern California weather.
  • Recorded music on request. Portable CD players and a selection of CDs are available for patient use.