HUGE THANKS TO THE Strowd Roses Foundation for a grant to DooR to DooR!

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All programs are subject to change. Please call (919) 929-5355 for confirmation. If an artist is ill, as late as the morning of the performance, we must cancel the visit.

Please contact Coordinator Joy Javits with a comment or with your request for a visit.

Watch a video from DooR to DooR artist Alan Grier


Excerpts from letters...

"Thank you for treating me like a person instead of a patient."
(Adult Cardiology Patient -- Artist: Billy Stewart, Jazz Guitar)

"Thank you for showing us that magic and joy do still exist in this world. You have lifted our spirits in this struggle."
(Patient, Eating Disorders Program -- Artist: Joshua Lozoff, Deep-Magic)

"Put a hand in peace stomp out the violence and make it cease. Peace out With love, Romeo pride" (Patient, Hospital School -- Artist: Sadiqua Malik, rapping poet)

"Your program, DooR to DooR, brings joy into the hospital."
(Adult Patient, Oncology -- Artist: Maura High, Poet)   

How do you feel?
Before: "so so"
After: "It was really great and it made me feel happy. It lifts you up and make you feel joyful."
(Adult Patient -- Artist: Braima Moiwi, Story Telling and Drums)

"I’ve been playing music for a long time, but playing for DooR to DooR has made me a musician."
(Artist: Terry Allebaugh, Harmonicas)

"Staff had three times the energy after being mesmerized by the musicians' talents."
(Caregiving RN in the Dialysis Unit)

Please visit the DooR to DooR website at Planetree!

The Orange County Board of County Commissioners and the Orange County Human Relations Commission awarded DooR to DooR the 2009 Pauli Murray Award.

The hospital is a place for art

Since the beginning of recorded history, the arts--especially music, singing and drumming--have been used to soothe those who are ill.  Research increasingly establishes the value of the arts in health care.  There is a breath of the healthy outside world that comes into the patients' rooms with, for example, a poem by Jaki Shelton-Green called “Grandma” or a song on guitar by Charles Pettee called “Where Would We Go?” 

Joy Javits (center)

DooR to DooR artists choose the work they offer to patients, family, and staff based on their encounter.  We believe that this attention to these individuals refreshes, rejuvenates, and inspirits them.

Joy Javits established DooR to DooR in 1993 to bring music, magic, hope, and happiness to patients, staff, caregivers, and the community. Over the course of a year, nearly 200 professional performing and visual artists participate in public spaces and private rooms at the University of North Carolina Hospitals.

The arts help us heal

The arts are uplifting--the word most used to describe the artists’ visits. They strengthen and cheer us. They ease and nourish us with laughter and tears and compassion. They bring consolation and hope. They take us to our core. 

Gabriel Pelli

"The opportunity to play for hospitalized patients is a great opportunity for musicians. Music can change the focus of the patient from pain to pleasure, from loneliness to community, from feeling like life is passing by, to feeling like royalty." -- George Winston, Pianist/Guitarist

From The Toughest Gig:

"She was beautiful. Even though treatment had robbed her of her hair, it was obvious from her delicate cheekbones, olive skin, and perfect teeth that she had been a very pretty young woman. Her closed eyes were frozen in the grimace of slow, lasting pain. She was also disconnected from oxygen, IV’s, and monitors- literally, her last connections to this world. I wondered what kind of tough decisions her mother had made in the previous days.

Emotionally unready to sing, I decided to play a melody, “Home Sweet Home,” a simple tune from the 1800’s with a fitting title for the final journey. We were forbidden to get close to very ill patients, but I got as close as I could without touching her and began to play slowly, unsure whether she could even hear me. The young lady curled up into a fetal position and began to rock back and forth. She could hear me.

Everything that I had ever thought was important to me faded from existence. For the first time in my life, I knew what it felt like to be a shaman, a priest, a messenger of God, summoning up all the joy, beauty, and humanity that I could manage and bringing it to people who needed it more than anyone else in the world. I was smiling and crying at the same time.

No higher honor could be bestowed on any musician; no tougher gig ever existed. On a beautiful spring morning, I left that room, carrying a lesson in the power of music. Now, even when I’m playing to a crowded bar or a coffeehouse, I try to remember that I have no idea what someone in that room is going through. Perhaps a mother is there, just back from sitting in the hospital with her beautiful, dying daughter.  

Music can be great fun for a night out on the town, but it can also be like water for a lost soul, wandering in a desert of heartache. About once a month, I return to the hospital to visit patients and share the gift of music. I’ll never forget the last musical rites of that beautiful young woman and one of the greatest rewards of my career."

-- Jonathan Byrd, DooR to DooR Performer