Music Program

The Marianne Tobias Music Program lifts the spirits of patients, staff and visitors through weekly live music performances. Through the gift of an endowment and donation of a concert grand piano, the Marianne Tobias Music Program at Eskenazi Health is dedicated to providing high-quality performance music to patients, staff and visitors. Marianne Tobias, Ph.D., was a resident musicologist, accomplished pianist, lecturer and program annotator for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, who helped Eskenazi Health launch the namesake program in 2013.

The piano, located in the Eli Lilly and Company Foundation Concourse on the Eskenazi Health downtown campus, is accessible to the public 24 hours a day and has been played by world-class musicians and amateur music lovers alike. Performances are free, open to the public and live-streamed to patient rooms in the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital.

Past performances have featured: renowned soprano Angela Brown, Latin jazz ensemble Pavel & Direct Contact, Middle Eastern music ensemble Salaam, string trio Time for Three, the American Pianists Association finalists, and members of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

For more information about the Marianne Tobias Music Program, please call 317.880.4801 or fill out the Contact Us form linked below. In addition to this performance-based music program, Eskenazi Health offers music therapy with a board-certified music therapist. Click here to learn more about the Eskenazi Health Music Therapy program. 

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Indianapolis Suzuki Academy Faculty

Dates: May. 29, 2024

The Marianne Tobias Music Program will feature Indianapolis Suzuki Academy Faculty on Wednesday, May 29, at 12:00 p.m. in the Eli Lilly and Company Foundation Concourse.

The Suzuki Method® was developed in the mid-20th century by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, who noticed that all children acquire their native language naturally and fluently. He reasoned that if a person has the skill to acquire their mother tongue, then they have the necessary ability to become proficient on a musical instrument. He modeled his method, which he called "Talent Education," after the process of natural language acquisition. This performance will feature violinist Amanda Baer and harpist Stephanie Hall, who both maintain active performing and teaching careers throughout the Indianapolis area.

This concert will be broadcast live and viewable from all televisions on the Eskenazi Health downtown campus, including patient rooms, on channel 17. 

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Arts With A Purpose: Cultural Diversity Drum Circle led by Sister Stella Sabina

Dates: Jun. 05, 2024

The Marianne Tobias Music Program will feature Arts With A Purpose performer Sister Sabina on Wednesday, June 5, at 12:00 p.m. in the Eli Lilly and Company Foundation Concourse.

Sister Stella Sabina is founder of Shifting Ideas through Education for African Women, Inc., and Cultural Diversity Drum Circle of Indianapolis. Through her work with both organizations, Sister Sabina provides support for continuing education of girls and young women in Uganda.

This performance will feature Sister Sabina and the Cultural Diversity Drum Circle of Indianapolis performing traditional African dancing and drumming.

This concert will be broadcast live and viewable from all televisions on the Eskenazi Health downtown campus, including patient rooms, on channel 17.

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Arts With A Purpose: Wolff von Roos and Reggie Bishop

Dates: Jun. 12, 2024

The Marianne Tobias Music Program will feature Arts With A Purpose electric guitarist Wolff von Roos and pianist Reggie Bishop on Wednesday, June 12, at 12:00 p.m. in the Eli Lilly and Company Foundation Concourse.

Arts With A Purpose is a multi-disciplinary consortium of artists who use creative expression to create positive change in youth, families, adults, and seniors while promoting Individual Wellness, Social Awareness, Inclusion, and Compassion. AWP connects and coordinates communities and collaborators to artists of all disciplines who use creativity as the tool for individual and social improvement, transformative behavior, and decision making with a focus on challenged environments, emotional recovery, and communities with no access to the arts.

This concert will be broadcast live and viewable from all televisions on the Eskenazi Health downtown campus, including patient rooms, on channel 17.

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Make Music Day: Community Group Drumming and Bashiri Asad

Dates: Jun. 22, 2024

On Make Music Day, musicians of all ages and skill levels share their love of music with communities around the world through free music performances and events on June 21.

Make Music Day began in France in 1982 as the Fête de la Musique and is now celebrated on the same day in more than 1,000 cities in 120 countries. Make Music Day made its American debut 18 years ago in New York. Since then, more than 100 cities throughout the country have established city-wide celebrations providing free music listening and music-making opportunities for the community.

This is the second year Make Music Day will be recognized in Indianapolis as a city-wide event. Eskenazi Health is excited to once again spearhead Make Music Indy on June 21. Make Music Indy will be a collaboration of new and existing partners and supporters of the Marianne Tobias Music Program at Eskenazi Health. Free concerts will be held at the Eskenazi Health downtown campus and the Eskenazi Health Center Grande campus in addition to several other performance venues throughout the city. A full listing of concerts happening throughout Indianapolis can be found here.

Be sure to bring lunch and a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the free performances on The Matthew R. Gutwein Commonground in front of the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital on June 21 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

This year’s lineup includes:

  • 11:30 a.m. – Community Group Drumming, led by Eskenazi Health board-certified music therapist Tori Davenport
  • 12 p.m. – Bashiri Asad

And at the Eskenazi Health Thomas & Arlene Grande campus at 3 p.m. featuring Carl Hines, piano, and Thomas Brinkley, bass.

In the event of inclement weather, performances will be moved inside the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital to the Eli and Lilly Company Foundation Concourse.

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