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Music in the Atrium

All patients, their families and visitors as well as NIH staff are invited to attend these performances. The north atrium is a comfortable, welcoming gathering place at the center of the Clinical Center. These concerts are intended to support the Clinical Center's environment of care and healing.

“I love that NIH hosts concerts in the Clinical Center atrium. A tangible way that artists and scientists help make each other better, literally." - Barbra Streisand (Guest Speaker at the May 2018 NIH J. Edward Rall Cultural Lecture)

Please check back often for new performance dates.

  • Ana Hernandez – Contemplative Music
    Oct. 24
    12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

    Ana Hernandez is a composer, arranger, and leader of contemplative music. She will lead the NIH singers and the audience, in songs, rounds, and call-and-response music. She invites all to use their voice to create sacred sounds.

  • USPHS Music Ensemble
    Dec. 12
    12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

    The USPHS Music Ensemble is also known as the Surgeon General's Own.

  • Nerds in Harmony
    December 19
    12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

    NIH Nerds in Harmony is a co-ed a cappella ensemble of musical scientists from NIH. In addition to two yearly concerts at NIH, they also perform at charity events, community centers and even street corners. 

Request to perform

Call 301-402-9579 or email for information about performing at the NIH Clinical Center.

Michael Lovelace is a patient at the NIH Clinical Center and a self-taught pianist. Originally from Jamaica, he started his musical career on cruise ships. He enjoys sharing his talents with the staff who have helped him, and hopes his music will bring healing to the patients here.
The National Symphony Orchestra performing
The National Symphony Orchestra performed in September, as part of their Sound Health partnership with NIH. The orchestra performed works by Vivaldi, Mozart, Copland, Mendelssohn, Ravel and others. It featured Steven Reineke as conductor, with Carole Bean on piccolo and Matthew Guilford on bass trombone.
Chris Urquiaga
Singer-songwriter and pianist Chris Urquiaga is a Strathmore Artist in Residence for the 2016-2017 Season. He has performed throughout the DC area.
NIH Nerds in Harmony choral group
NIH Nerds in Harmony is a co-ed a cappella ensemble of musical scientists. They perform two yearly concerts in the CC Atrium and also perform at charity events, community centers and street corners.
United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps Music Ensemble choral group
The Choral Group of the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps Music Ensemble performed a selection of holiday choral pieces. This all-volunteer ensemble performs about 25 times a year.

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This page last updated on 10/15/2019

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