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Hofstra Fills a Prescription for Music

Erica Fletcher performed two songs from her solo recital.

In the battle against COVID-19, Northwell Health is tapping into the healing power of music with an on-demand service that broadcasts Hofstra University student and faculty performances to patients’ bedside televisions.

The Northwell Health Patient & Customer Experience Team asked students and faculty in Hofstra’s Music Department to submit performance videos for hospitalized COVID patients. After a successful pilot at Lenox Hill Hospital, there are plans to expand to other hospitals. The performance videos are incorporated directly into patients’ bedside television programming.

The answer to this call has been swift and enthusiastic. Students from different musical concentrations and talents have submitted videos in the hopes that their work might bring some happiness and relief to those recovering in the hospital.

Among those students and professors to submit videos are:

  • Adjunct Associate Professor Cathy Callis submitted footage of her performing “Beau Soir”, transcribed for piano solo by Ralph Berkowitz, at the String Poet Studio Series in 2011.
  • Soprano Erica Fletcher ’21, a theater arts major, performed two songs from her junior recital: “The Monk and His Cat” by Samuel Barber and “Coyotes” by Ricky Ian Gordon.
  • Vocal performance major Samuel Tesch ’21 channeled Frank Sinatra with a recording of the hit “My Way.”
Hofstra music students and faculty answered a call from Northwell Health for videos to entertain patients recovering from COVID-19.

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