Do you have the power to heal?

Amateur musicians needed for new initiative

February 07, 2011
healing music

 Could your musical talents offer visitors and patients at UMass Memorial Health Care relief from what ails them? Members of a new group looking for talented Medical School employees and students think so. 

“Music has the power to heal, and in realizing this, a few of us came together to start this initiative,” said Crystal Swenson, quality project coordinator at UMass Memorial Medical Center. The group has put out a call for talent to gauge the interest of members of the UMass Medical School/UMass Memorial community, and already a few musicians have stepped forward. 

Plans are still forming, but the idea is to have volunteer musicians stationed in public areas so that visitors, patients and even staff could benefit from the often hidden musical talents of employees and students. All types of musicians are welcome, Swenson said, “as long as the music is on the lighter side and appropriate for all audiences.” 

Volunteers would only need to commit to 30 minutes to an hour of performance time. 

For more information, send an e-mail to talentsearch@umassmemorial.org.