‘Doctors Save Lives, Musicians Save Souls’: Eastman School Guitarists Play Strong

ROCHESTER, NY (WROC) – The Eastman School of Music is celebrating 100 years of nurturing world-class musicians. As part of the occasion, local guitar students from Eastman lent their talents to the people who have given so much to our community during the pandemic and beyond: the healthcare workers at Strong Memorial Hospital.

Some of the musicians and tracks they played included Carter Stark playing Barrios, Django Klumpp played music by Dowland Tarrega and Takemitsu, YunZhe Lin played music by Giuliani, Tarrega and Assad.

“Doctors save lives, musicians save souls,” said Nicholas Goluses, guitar teacher at Eastman. “We’re here to make people feel enriched in every way possible as artists in the world to help what I think is probably a tough time for some people here.”

“For family members who have been waiting a long time, or (for someone who is waiting) for a lung or organ transplant, it’s a similar reaction,” said Gaelen McCormick, arts leadership teacher at the Eastman School of Music. “They might just snuggle up in their chair a bit. Honestly, I think it’s one of the best gifts we can give someone, that kind of comfort and support for someone.

“There’s still a thread we have from their mind to the person listening, and we’ve found ways to continue to connect,” McCormick said.

“Music and medicine form the most important and deeply personal connection and being a part of them in every possible way – especially when we put them together – is very meaningful to us,” Goluses said.

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