A very cool thing about my job is getting to work with great music charities and the passionate people involved in them. One of those charities is Musicians On Call (MOC). I had the good fortune to meet its Executive Director, Dr. Leslie Faerstein, several years ago, and with her encouragement and through her passion, I saw live and up close how MOC brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities. If you have never experienced one of these programs, you should. The power of music to cheer up a patient who can’t get out of bed is something to behold. I was honored when MOC asked me to sit on its Board of Directors.
Today, Dr. Leslie Faerstein announced her decision to retire after 13 plus years as Executive Director. Leslie helped Musicians on Call bring its magic to over 400,000 patients nationwide in six major cities, starting with the vision of its music industry founders and her determined execution of that vision. Having worked in hospitals, she helped bridge the needs of healthcare facilities with a service only professional musicians could provide. Since MOC’s founding in 1999, recording artists and musicians have embraced this cause, playing for patients and lending their voice to draw awareness to the healing power of music. While MOC will get the benefit of Leslie’s expertise as Executive Director Emeritus, we wanted to take a moment to recognize all that she has done to make people feel better. And at the end of the day, what better accomplishment is there than that? Thank you Leslie. The music community and patients around the country owe you a debt of gratitude. Because of you and the work of many volunteer musicians and others, MOC has a bright future as it continues to grow at an unprecedented level to serve more patients in more cities than ever before. We will miss you.