Should Compassion be Beyond Anyone's Means?

COMPASSIONHARP uses both harp and voice to bring beauty and compassion to those in need through a prescriptive use of music. Within a deeply felt, interpersonal relationship, the THERAPEUTIC MUSICIAN is able to understand and respond to each unique and unfolding need. Our mission is to bring this to people who would benefit but can not afford it.

Why CompassionHarp Exists

CompassionHarp was born from my experience when first encountering low-income skilled nursing facilities. In the work that others and I do, we travel to many different facilities, constantly witnessing the huge disparity in the care and dignity one receives as an elder. The disparity is based upon one’s income. It’s like an informal caste system and given our culture’s aversion…

What is Therapeutic Harp?

  THERAPEUTIC HARP is a complementary medicine that offers music at the bedside of those facing physical, emotional, psychocial-social and spiritual challenges. Neither entertainment nor a bedside performance, therapeutic music seeks healing rather than curing, and is recognized by both the local and national medical communities as an effective complementary medicine enhancing traditional and mainstream medicines.     “Music is…

Musical Connections in Groton

Once a month I spend two hours visiting residents at the Groton Community Health Care facility. The first hour is a group sing-along in the activities room. After that, I make individual visits to those who are confined to their rooms, for whatever reason. It’s inspiring to see the many ways that the sound of harp and voice dissolves some…

July 28, 2019 CompassionHarp Fundraising Event

There’s something created that becomes eternal and timeless with the sharing of enlightened music, food and companionship. At CompassionHarp’s latest fund-raising event, open hearts and generosity composed a beautiful song of love that will serve so many vulnerable individuals in our community this year. Cynthia and Jonathan Lunine, with the CompassionHarp Steering Committee, hosted this home concert in late July…

Psychiatric Care and Therapeutic Harp

  “I have felt tensions ease and depression lift. The transformation which sometimes takes place is quite remarkable.”  – Pamela Goddard For the past year, Pamela has been making weekly visits to the Behavioral Services Unit (the locked, inpatient psychiatric area) at Cayuga Medical Center, under the direction and with the support of Chaplain Tim Dean. The hospital staff in…

Testimonials

“After today’s music, I have to write to tell you that some deep healing happened in me while I was listening and sleeping ~ a healing on a psychological and spiritual level”.      ~ hospice patient

Ithaca College Students volunteer at Cayuga Ridge.

  Fifteen Ithaca College student volunteers from the “Healing Through Musical Companionship” club are bringing smiles and toe-tapping to residents at Cayuga Ridge Skilled Nursing Facility this school year. Guitars, singing, double bass, and even vibraphone can be heard wafting out from rooms of bed-bound residents and down the hallways. I have heard everything from “You Are My Sunshine” to Van Morrison‘s…