Healing together, one note at a time

​Healing Hands Music is a local volunteer organization serving the Chapel Hill and Durham communities with the mission of providing musical performances for patients and families in healthcare facilities. Our talented volunteers represent a broad range of musical abilities and interests, which make for a diverse and exhilarating musical experience. 

We are always seeking out members of the Triangle to vounteer with Healing Hands Music, and we value strongly motivated individuals who are passionate about music and community service. Most importantly, we want our volunteers to share their talents in a way that brings joy to people who are in need of positivity.

Since our formation in the Summer of 2017, we have set up numerous performances at a wide range of healthcare facilities including Brookdale Meadowmont, the SECU Family House, the VA Hospital in Durham, and the Ronald McDonald House- Durham/Wake. We are continually looking to expand our organization throughout the Triangle! 

About Us

"Music, uniquely among the arts, is both completely abstract and profoundly emotional. It has no power to represent anything particular or external, but has a unique power to express inner states or feelings. Music can pierce the heart directly; it needs no meditation."

— Oliver Sacks M.D., author of ​​​​​​​Musicophilia

Board of Directors

  1. Ilon Weinstein
    Ilon Weinstein
    Ilon, a recent graduate of UNC Chapel Hill, co-founded Healing Hands Music in the summer of 2017. He has a passion for science and healthcare that he has demonstrated through his research in microbiology and his global public health endeavors in Peru. He was inspired to co-develop Healing Hands Music by experiences from his childhood performing piano in assisted living homes in his hometown of Alpharetta, Ga. Ilon has played piano since the age of six, and has performed in many competitions and recitals. For Ilon, music has since become intertwined in the way he views the world. This led to a concept that serves as a basis for Healing Hands Music: to use music as a means of communicating and healing.
  2. Ashley Cantu
    Ashley Cantu
    Ashley is the co-founder of Healing Hands Music. At a young age, Ashley began playing viola. She played in symphony ensembles, chamber orchestras, quartets, and participated in many state wide competitions in her home state, Texas. More recently, Ashley has been involved in psychiatry research, particularly mother-infant psychiatry, and perinatal mood disorder research. She is also writing a senior thesis on women's health in the context of Orthodox Judaism which she will defend when she graduates UNC in 2019. In her free time, she paints and makes crafts with women in the Perinatal Psychiatry Inpatient Unit. Ashley's interest in mental health, clinical care, and community service has largely influenced the mission statement for Healing Hands Music: positively engage with patients transversing emotionally or physically difficult times through the healing qualities of music.
  3. Michael Berliner
    Michael Berliner
    Community Outreach
    Michael Berliner is pleased to be serving on the board of Healing Hands Music. Music has been a life-long love for Michael. "Playing music and listening to music feeds the soul and frees the spirit," says Michael. "I'm grateful for the opportunity to help spread the healing power of music with people facing difficult times in our community." Michael has been devoted to jazz singing for the past several years. Visit BerlinerJazz.com
  4. Parker Novak
    Parker Novak
    UNC Representative
    Parker Novak is a 2nd-year at Carolina from the suburbs of Washington, DC, though she spent much of her childhood in Chapel Hill. She plans to major in biology and engage a career in philanthropy and public health. Parker has enjoyed making music from an early age, and currently plays cello in the UNC Symphony and studies bass guitar. Parker has seen first-hand that music has the potential to re-define space and unite communities. Recognizing the transformative effect that music has had on her own life, Parker seeks to share a sense of joy and internal healing with her friends in Chapel Hill through musical performance.