This summer, visitors to the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Hospital in downtown Indianapolis were greeted with piano music provided by UIndy students and students in the Pre-College Music Program at UIndy. The Eskenazi Health Music Fellows Program and corresponding UIndy Community Music Service Fellowship was developed by associate adjunct in Music Minju Choi and Michael Kaufmann, director of Special Projects and Civic Investment for Health & Hospital Corporation at Eskenazi Health. The program provides opportunities for UIndy faculty, students, and community members to give free concerts in the lobby of the Eskenazi Health facilities.
“I’ve been very pleased with the program so far,” says Choi. “Students gain valuable experience as artists and enhance the lives of people visiting the hospital.”
Thanks to a gift by Marianne Tobias, the hospital is now in the possession of a concert grand piano and a significant financial start to an endowed music and performing arts program. The initial vision for this program is to engage a variety of partners who will help bring high-quality music to patients and employees, as well as national recognition to what will be a pioneering use of music and the performing arts in the healthcare environment. The partnership will be exclusive to UIndy for the inaugural year and concerts will resume at the hospital this fall.
Photo: Sophomore Natalie Covert is a music education major in voice who was among the hospital’s first performers.