“I love how Jadde is able to play songs from my childhood. It brings back such fond memories for me.”

“I always look forward to the days when the violin plays. It helps to break up my long chemotherapy treatments.”

“The music gives me an opportunity to get out of my room and dance.”

“The music has been inspirational and tension-releasing. I admire a hospital who understands more than a physical healing.”

-Direct quotes from Anderson Cancer Institute patients and visitors


Anderson Cancer Institute

The Integrative Medicine Program at the Anderson Cancer Institute at Memorial Hospital introduces other treatment modalities to help patients heal and cope with their life-threatening illnesses.


Launched in early 2011, the music component was a result of the efforts of Artistic Director and Conductor, Peter Shannon. It introduces live music to patients, their families and their care-takers.  Savannah Philharmonic musicians perform twice weekly in the lobby waiting room, the chemotherapy treatment rooms, and in the oncology wards.

The impact of the program is both heart-warming and rewarding. Patients routinely come out of their rooms, or ask hospital staff to open their doors. They request specific pieces and share their own experiences with music. The Savannah Philharmonic’s involvement in the Integrative Medicine Program at the Anderson Cancer Institute reflects the importance of music in people’s lives, and in particular, its role in comforting and healing the ill.