Brazilian Voices performs for the 4th consecutive year at the Annual Family Cafe Summit in Orlando, an event for hundreds of Floridians with disabilities and their families, engaging with State Agencies and policy makers to better serve them. Once again, Brazilian Voices reaches out to various communities in Florida with their soothing voices, kindness, joy and professionalism. For more information about The Family Cafe, please visit http://www.familycafe.net/
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Brazilian Voices’ Arts & Healing Team was proud to be part of the BCMA Women Physicians Event which took place on the Tower Club in Fort Lauderdale on March 11, 2015. More than 100 women physicians and health care executives gathered for this social and educational dinner for members of the Broward County Medical Association. Brazilian Voices was privileged to provide entertainment by bringing its soothing voices and bossa nova repertoire to the event, and joining this wonderful group of physicians by wearing turquoise in support for lung cancer research.
The event was hosted by co-chairs Anele Manfredini, M.D., and Robin Schugar, PA-C, under the sponsorship of Holy Cross Hospital, American Lung Association, LungForce, and Florida Medical Center. The Broward County Medical Association has a long history dating back to 1926 with a defined mission to promote and preserve the highest standards of medical care and foster the ethical principles of the medical profession.
On July 15th 2014, Brazilian Voices Arts & Healing performed for an enthusiastic audience at one of the facilities for Women In Distress in Broward County, Florida. Women in Distress‘ mission is to stop domestic violence abuse through intervention, education, and advocacy.
Brazilian Voices performed on July 13, 2014 at the GIST Cancer Awareness Event – University of Miami Life Science and Technology Park. Thank you Sara Rothschild for all your efforts and Dr. Pasquale Benedetto for your special appearance at our performance!!!
Brazilian Voices – Arts & Healing singers supporting Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center in bringing attention to this disease and raising awareness by educating friends, family and joining this call to action – GIST Awareness Day!
Brazilian Voices brought to the public of Miami the repertoire of Bossa Nova in a live harmonic vocal music feature. “Bossa Nova at the Courtyard” is part of the Arts & Healing Program of Brazilian Voices in which the vocalists perform monthly at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center for staff, caregivers and patients at their bedside. Free to the general public, Brazilian Voices shared the best of Brazilian music in appreciation for the opportunity to serve Miami’s community.
Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center Courtyard Friday, March 22 at 10:30 AM
Brazilian Voices brought to the public of Miami the repertoire of Bossa Nova in a live harmonic vocal music feature. “Joy of Bossa Nova” is part of the Arts & Healing Program of Brazilian Voices in which the vocalists perform monthly at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center for staff, caregivers and patients at their bedside. Free to the general public, Brazilian Voices shared the best of Brazilian music in appreciation for the opportunity to serve Miami’s community.
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
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.
“Music has charms to soothe the soul, to lift the spirit, to ease the pain of the suffering mind and the aching body”.
Brazilian Voices Arts and Healing Program – which was inspired and guided by the work of Wellington Nogueira, founder of Doutores de Alegria (Doctors of Joy), continues developing and implementing its community-based project through a series of monthly workshops and performances. Through their soothing voices and Bossa Nova melodies, the Arts and Healing Team work collaboratively with staff, who share the pleasure and enthusiasm of the performers, and hope to fulfill their goal of transforming hospital environments through their musical performances by bringing joy and comfort to patients undergoing different phases of treatment with monthly performances at Covenant Village Care Center of Florida and Miramar Memorial Hospital.
With great satisfaction, Brazilian Voices Arts and Healing Program, recognized for its work in the areas of Performing Arts and Healthcare – is celebrating 2 years of successfully developing and implementing its community-based project . Brazilian Voices Arts and Healing Program consists of a series of workshops that intend to facilitate skill development, vocal training, and harmonious working relatonships with healthcare professionals. The Arts and Healing team will continue to work on enhancing the welfare of patients and staff particularly by focusing on the enjoyment of soothing Bossa Nova melodies with performances at hospitals, and healthcare centers throughout Broward County.