Sharing Notes improves quality of life for Chicago hospital patients through intimate, engaging and uplifting live music performances.
Bringing Solace to Hospital Audiences
Sharing Notes provides over 90 performances each year in four Chicago-area medical facilities: La Rabida Children’s Hospital, The Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, the oncology wards at Prentice Women’s Hospital, and the Cardiac Care Units at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. In our 2016-2017 season, our music served over 4,900 hospital patients and their family members.
Through partnerships with educational institutions such as Roosevelt University and the Negaunee Institute of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, we give music students experiential learning opportunities that build skills in audience-driven performance, public speaking, and working with children, the elderly, and the disabled. Each volunteer musician with Sharing Notes is provided the on-site training, event mentorship, and feedback needed to most effectively interact with their audience.
Keeping with our mission of community engagement, we train our musician volunteers to make their performances fun, interactive, and always focused on serving our audience. Our musicians talk to patients, take musical requests, and react sensitively to the different situations of patients and their families, providing distraction therapy that breaks the monotony and frustrations of illness and hospital life. By utilizing volunteer music conservatory students and young professional musicians for our programs, we expose our hospital audiences to a wide variety of musical styles and instruments, keeping our programs interesting for patients who are in the hospital long-term.