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We are a small, passionate, Chicago-based organization that believes in the healing power of music. Sharing Notes musicians have been performing in Chicago hospitals since 2012, with nearly 700 performances given to date. 


In 2012, student cellist Allegra Montanari saw a huge gap in where music was going versus where it was needed most. After having conversations with friends at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, she realized that there was an opportunity and began organizing visits from fellow musicians to people receiving treatment at the Lurie Cancer Center. Thus, Sharing Notes was born.


Today, Sharing Notes improves quality of life for Chicago hospital patients through intimate, engaging, uplifting live music performances either in-person or virtually using FaceTime or Zoom. In 2020 alone, Sharing Notes musicians performed 73 concerts serving over 3,000 patients in seven Chicagoland hospitals. Sharing Notes provides high quality performance arts and unique, individualized live musical experiences for patients who otherwise wouldn't have access. Moving beyond the boundaries of traditional recitals, performances focus on the audience with careful musical selection and personalized interactions.


Music provides distraction to break the isolation of illness and long hospital stays and Sharing Notes musicians talk with patients, take requests, lead games with children and react sensitively to patients. The live, virtual bedside concerts are as close to in-person concerts as possible and demonstrate the organization's commitment to mission, adaptability to rapid change, and innovation during this crisis.



We are proud to partner with great healthcare institutions across Chicagoland. Our current partners include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, La Rabida Children's Hospital, and the following branches of Northwestern Memorial Hospital: Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute, Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital, Lake Forest Hospital, Woodstock Memorial Hospital, and the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center. We are also grateful for our educational partnership with Roosevelt University.

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We are always seeking new partnerships and partners. Tell us more about your interests and we will be excited to connect.

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