Brazilian Voices’ Arts & Healing volunteer singers visit hospitals, medical centers, support groups, and institutions hosting the elderly to bring relief, joy, hope, and peace to patients, caregivers, and to the healthcare staff with whom they work collaboratively. In addition to the regularly scheduled on-site performances and special concerts, the Brazilian Voices’ Arts & Healing team conducts workshops to explore the healing nature of music, study the soothing properties of Bossa Nova, and further develop the vocal skills of the singers.
Brazilian Voices has repeatedly experienced what empirical research has suggested: Music has the power of healing. Singers share their passion for Brazilian music with patients and caregivers during these interventions, which have become an integral part of the monthly agenda of institutions such as the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Covenant Village Care of Plantation, and the Memorial Hospital Miramar.
About the Arts & Healing Program
“I just find the work that you are doing of such tremendous value to the world, and if we can change our scientific culture about the value of music then I would be glad to have been a small part in your efforts.”
Eugene Ahn MD – Division of Hematology/Oncology
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine | Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center | Miami VA Medical Center
Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center
Published on Mar 16, 2012 by SylvesterCancer
Brazilian Voices treated patients to a special performance in the CTU and Inpatient Unit at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center/UMHC on Friday, March 16, 2012. Sylvester is part of UHealth, University of Miami Health System.
Observations of this visit by a team member:
“Our visit to Sylvester Cancer Center was a beautiful and surprising experience. The hospital staff welcomed Brazilian Voices very generously, allowing us to touch so many patients and their companions with our voices for a brief but meaningful period of time. I was surprised to find such a warm environment, considering the difficult task that Cancer treatment imposes on patients and staff, and I felt as if we were singing at a family gathering instead of a hospital.
Patients were also very receptive, and they expressed their gratitude in various ways, allowing our music to take them places we can only imagine. I keep having flashbacks of some moments of our visit and I would like to share just a few of them with you:
- Nurses on their way to attend to their patients, carrying medication bags and “swaying” down the corridors to the bossa nova beat while others hummed to the tunes from her posts.
- Doctors observing their patients’ reaction with great enthusiasm.
- A Patient who followed us trough a corridor in a pretend “carnaval runway”.
- A very emotional hospital staff requesting a song for one of their patients.
- A patient who invited us to come inside his room and said he was so privileged to have us sing for him that day that it made him very happy (he should know the privilege is all ours).
- The highlight of the day happened when a patient wanted to sing for us, celebrating his grandson’s birthday. He did so with energy and passion that was completely unexpected and delightful.
- Observing the profound changes of expression in certain patients who were reluctant at first and the tranquility and joy that the music seemed to bring them.
There seems to be such a strong and sincere connection between patients and staff that I consider myself very privileged to associate in some form with this amazing healing team. I am very grateful for the opportunity and looking forward to our next visit.”
Maestro João Carlos Martins with Brazilian Voices Art & Healing
The Arts & Healing Program had the privilege of sharing one of its scheduled visits to Memorial Hospital Miramar with renowned Maestro João Carlos Martins and violinist Lucas Farias on September 22/2011.Accompanied by the young violinist, the Maestro delighted the audience by playing Ave Maria on the Piano at the hospital lobby.The duo also performed at various sectors of the hospital, offering to patients, their companions, doctors,
nurses and hospital staff, the enchantment of music and the power each note has in the soul’s health. Those were special moments of indescribable beauty.