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Staller Center’s Instrument Petting Zoo Spreads Holiday Cheer at SB Children’s Hospital

Stony Brook Music Department musicians spread joy to a mother and child at Stony Brook Children's Hospital.
Stony Brook Music Department musicians spread joy to a mother and child at Stony Brook Children's Hospital.
Stony Brook Music Department musicians spread joy to a mother and child at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital.

On Friday, December 3, musicians from the Stony Brook Department of Music caroled throughout the Children’s Hospital, spreading holiday cheer and joy to the children, families and staff. The Staller Center’s Instrument Petting Zoo is a program that helps the Staller Center for the Arts reach out to the community and share live interactive musical experiences. This program helps inspire an appreciation of music and instruments for young people. 

“To be able to spend time at the Children’s Hospital and see the smiles on the kids faces and the tears of joy in the parents eyes as the musicians performed holiday music was emotional, but we’re so happy we were able to come together and collaborate in this way,” said Staller Center’s Outreach Director Paul Newland. “We are grateful to Island Federal who helped provide the support for this initiative, and we’re already planning more musical visits.” 

Back row, L-R: Stony Brook Children's Child Life specialists along with Joan Alpers, Director of Child Life; Paul Newland, Staller Center Outreach Director, and Stony Brook Music Department musicians; front row, L-R: Stony Brook Children's Child Life specialist; Alan Inkles, Staller Center Director; Dr. Laura Hogan, Chief, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Stony Brook Children's; Chris Murray, VP Marketing, Island Federal, and Stony Brook Children's Child Life specialist.
Back row, L-R: Stony Brook Children’s Child Life specialists along with Joan Alpers, Director of Child Life; Paul Newland, Staller Center Outreach Director, and Stony Brook Music Department musicians; front row, L-R: Stony Brook Children’s Child Life specialist; Alan Inkles, Staller Center Director; Dr. Laura Hogan, Chief, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Stony Brook Children’s; Chris Murray, VP Marketing, Island Federal; and Stony Brook Children’s Child Life specialist.

 

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