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 2 Steven Scholom
  • March 3 Barbary Grant
  • March 9 Steven Scholom
  • March 10 Barbary Grant
  • March 16 Steven Scholom
  • March 17 Barbary Grant
  • March 23 Steven Scholom
  • March 24 Barbary Grant
  • March 30 Steven Scholom

Every Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Every Thursday at 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Advanced Medicine Center Building
875 Blake Wilbur Drive
Stanford, CA, 94305

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Performed by: Various Artists

PETER DI BONO — Standards & Showtunes
Peter DiBono, one of San Francisco’s premier Accordionists, will be performing standards and showtunes with his band featuring Harriet Newhart on violin and Steve Hanson on bass. Peter’s trio interprets these classics with virtuosity and passion. If you love this music, you’ll love this band!

BLACK OLIVE — American Standards
Jazz Vocalist, Stanford drama teacher and actress, Kay Kostopoulos brings her all-star ensemble of San Francisco jazz artists to the Atrium to perform classic songs from enduring jazz masters. An elegant singer whose voice is inspired by the golden age of jazz, Kay pays homage to the music of the Gershwins, Cole Porter, Ella Fitzgerald, SarahVaughan, Peggy Lee and others.

OSCAR RYNOLDS — Bolivian Flute & Guitar
A leading advocate of his native country’s music, Bolivian-born Oscar Reynolds is an internationally-acclaimed Andean flute master, guitarist, flute-maker, recording engineer, and lawyer from the Andes mountains of La Paz. He is recognized for playing the Bolivian pan flutes and guitar simultaneously. The San Francisco Observer says,“Any flute player would marvel at the tight control over each note Reynolds displays while packing a stream of emotions into his complex scale runs, but to see him do that and play the guitar is quite impressive.”

NAT JOHNSON — Jazz Standards & Swing Music
Nat brings his quartet of the very best jazz musicians anywhere! Nat’s superb baritone voice and bass guitar will be accompianed by Chris Siebert on piano, leader of the “Red Hot Skillet Lickers” a well known Bay Area jazz group. Jules Broussard, on saxophone, one of the Bay Area’s jazz and blues giants has played in Ray Charles’ Band. Danny Armstrong on trombone, first-call session and concert musician.

MR. BARKY — Irish Music
Get ready for Saint Patrick’s Day! Mr. Barky features the wonderful tenor voice of Ernest Kinsolving, the multi-instrumental playing of Karl Franzen and they will be joined by special guestValerie Rose. They perform traditional Irish folk tunes and pub songs from the Emerald Isle with a little fun history thrown in to describe their origins.

This concert will explore Baroque and early Classical music in a trio format from unexpected places across the globe and a diverse group of composers. Works by Antonio de Salazar, Teodorico Pedrini, Francesco Geminiani, John Antes, Philipp Telemann, and Rafael Antonio Castellanos promises and outstanding afternoon of great music.

FETE MUSETTE — Music of Paris and the French Countryside
Love the Louvre—but searching for traditional music of the French countryside as well? Fête Musette will take you to pre-jazz Paris, as well as introduce you to the irregular rhythms of Alsace, the raucous bourrées of Auvergne and Berry, and the ancient Celtic part of France, Brittany. Fete Musette are longtime friends and performers, playing French music for fun and dances. Join us for an irrepressible performance of tunes, songs and dance demonstrations.

CHIH-JUNG HSU & WEN-CHUN KU — Classical Music
Violinist Chih-Jung Hsu and pianist Wen-Chun Ku are frequent collaborators as the K. H. Duo, having performed in recitals and concerts in California and Maryland. The duo is defined by its pursuit of the subtlety, honesty, and passion as musician for the classical genre. This program will feature works of the Classical to Romantic era by Mozart, Schubert, and Ysaye.

Vintage Jukebox is a one-of-a-kind swing era jazz band comprised of some of the finest jazz musicians in the Bay Area. The band, fronted by vocalists Laurent Fourgo & Rebecca Miller will be performing Standards from the Great American Song Book made famous by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong and others.

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, 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 each Summer!  All concerts are free and open to the public.  Subject to weather conditions.

Information about the next Summer Concert Series will be published Spring 2016.

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