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East End Arts Music by the Bedside Comes to Peconic Landing in Greenport (posted October 13, 2015)

East End Arts Music by the Bedside Comes to Peconic Landing in Greenport (posted October 13, 2015)

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Press contact: Stephanie Israel

East End Arts Music by the Bedside
Comes to Peconic Landing in Greenport
One-on-One Live Music Program for Comfort Care
Program Commences Friday, October 30, 2015

(RIVERHEAD, NY, October 13, 2015) –– East End Arts and Peconic Landing are pleased to announce the start of the “East End Arts Music by the Bedside” program. Hosted at Peconic Landing, the award-winning LifeCare retirement community in Greenport, this experiential music program brings one-on-one live music performances to the bedside of seniors receiving comfort care (palliative care). These special one-on-one sessions will be provided by local volunteer musicians including East End Arts music students and faculty, as well as musicians interested in participating in the program.

The “East End Arts Music by the Bedside” program is a collaboration between East End Arts musicians and The Shores at Peconic Landing, a skilled nursing center. Comfort care has many facets, and these musicians will help to foster feelings of peace and ease through the enjoyment of music. Whether a peaceful song, a quiet flute solo, or the sound of a violin – it can help seniors to connect with the soul, awaken memories, and enhance their quality of life.

While not medical caregivers, these East End Arts volunteers are specially trained to provide supportive end of life comfort treatment. When Peconic Landing’s caregivers deems it beneficial, the visiting musician will meet seniors by the bedside and offer a song, a musical piece from their own repertoire, or even take a special request. These musicians will help provide seniors with comfort, emotional support, presence, and a connection that only music can provide.

Volunteer musicians will visit The Shores at Peconic Landing on the last Friday of every month, touring for approximately one hour. The program will begin Friday, October 30, featuring East End Arts School alumnus Sheree Elder, a unique composer, songwriter and vocalist.

Benefits of this program for patients include comfort, presence, emotional support, communication, engagement, joy, and support of physical well-being.

East End Arts Education Director Diane Giardi comments: “We are looking forward to a one-on-one sharing of music and time with Peconic Landing’s comfort care residents. This is an enrichment experience both for the receiver and the musicians themselves."

Peconic Landing’s Executive Vice President and Administrator of Health Services Gregory J. Garrett said: “We see the therapeutic benefits of music first hand, and the connection our seniors have with it. Now, these members will have the opportunity to connect with the musicians as well. This is the start of a very meaningful program.

Peconic Landing President and CEO Robert J. Syron adds: “We are looking forward to providing our seniors with this unique and valuable program. We want to thank East End Arts and its volunteers for their time and efforts.”

There are numerous programs across the country that go by various names and provide music by the bedside for therapeutic purposes (i.e. Threshold Choir). These programs are an important part of a patient’s overall care and quality of life.

Quote by French writer Victor Hugo (1802-1885): "Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent."

East End Arts is looking for musician volunteers, which will prove to be a very rewarding experience for those who participate. If interested, contact Diane Giardi, East End Arts Education Director, at or 631-369-2171.

For more information about this program, visit

In addition, Peconic Landing is hosting a screening and discussion of the documentary film Alive Inside, a Sundance Film Festival winner, to be held on Wednesday, October 28 at 7:00 PM at the Peconic Landing Community Center, located at 1500 Brecknock Road in Greenport, NY. At this free community event, attendees will hear speaker Robin Lombardo, Regional Program Director for Music and Memory, discuss the impact of music on memory to boost cognitive skills and improve mood. For more information, visit

About East End Arts
East End Arts is a multi-award winning 501(c)3 not-for-profit arts organization serving the five East End towns of Long Island, NY since 1972, and operates a School of the Arts, an Art Gallery, and presents a variety of events and programs to promote the arts year-round. East End Arts is committed to building and enriching community through the arts by way of education, support, advocacy and inspiration. Each year, East End Arts: exhibits 22 gallery shows in at least three locations, showcasing our community's talent, which provides presenting opportunities for roughly 800 artists in all disciplines; offers over 150 educational art, music, and theater programs as well as private music instruction to our region year-round, serving over 800 children and adults annually; presents over 15 events to celebrate the regions' rich artistic background; provides professional development and resources for both emerging and established artists through workshops, cultural arts forums and access to resources through social media and the web serving over 7,000 individuals; promotes local artists and musicians through education, presentation and community initiatives; and, presents programs for very low or no fee. To learn more about East End Arts, visit

About Peconic Landing
Peconic Landing is an innovative, not-for-profit CCAC-CARF-accredited continuing care retirement community (CCRC) located on the waterfront in Greenport, NY, on the North Fork of Long Island. Among its long list of achievements, Peconic Landing is the only equity-based LifeCare community in the state of New York. It is a member of LeadingAge and LeadingAge New York and embraces a healthy, active lifestyle infused with a sense of exploration, creativity and generosity of spirit. Peconic Landing boasts a 144-acre campus that is currently home to 141 apartments and 109 cottages for Independent Living, 26-one bedroom Enriched Living apartments and accommodations for 44 members in its Skilled Nursing Care Center. In operation since 2002, the organization in September 2014 broke ground on a $44 million expansion to add 46 new apartments for Independent Living, a 16-suite Memory Care Center, a 16-suite Short-Term Rehabilitation Center, as well as renovations to refresh its existing Community Center amenities. Completion of the expansion effort is on track for a Spring 2016 opening. To learn more about Peconic Landing or LifeCare visit

For more information about "East End Arts Music by the Bedside", contact Diane Giardi, East End Arts Education Director at 631-369-2171 or
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East End Arts, established in 1972, is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit arts organization, and operates a School of the Arts, an Art Gallery, and presents a variety of events and programs to promote the arts year-round. Proceeds from all events, sales, classes, donations, and memberships benefits the mission and commitment to building and enriching our community through the arts by way of education, support, advocacy, and inspiration.