Healing Harmonies

Music has the power to heal and transform our bodies and minds.  Recognition of the power of live music is growing among medical professionals and therapists because of  its ability to enhance the overall patient experience.   The use of live music in the healthcare setting has been shown to have a positive effect on the patient's anxiety level, blood pressure, and heart rate.  Through its Healing Harmonies Program, Symphoria has teamed up with several key healthcare institutions in the Central New York region to bring live music that provides therapeutic benefits to patients undergoing treatment.  With generous assistance from several local foundations, Healing Harmonies currently brings live music directly to the patients as they receive chemotherapy and dialysis treatments.  Many of the patients may be otherwise unable to attend a symphony concert due to their physical challenges.
Symphoria musicians play live music several times weekly for patients at Hematology Oncology Associates in East Syracuse and at St. Joseph's Dialysis in the Northeast Medical Center in Fayetteville.  Ongoing patient evaluations and medical personnel provide feedback, and indicate that a majority of patients have shown a positive reaction to the live music being played before and during their treatment.  Symphoria works in conjuntion with professional staff at each facility to assure that the live music is well-suited to the needs of the patients and the staff. 
Healing Harmonies is dedicated to enhancing the lives of Central New York patients and their families, and strengthening the patient-caregiver bond through the use of live music directly in the healthcare setting.

Healing Harmonies is supported by our generous sponsors


News & Press

January 21, 2014 | In Central New York waiting rooms: Amid struggle, musicians console with melodies | syracuse.com

February 15, 2014 | Cancer Patients Turn to “Noteworthy” Prescription | NCC News Online