Window Serenades share the joy of live music with isolated elderly people, bringing solo musicians or small groups to play outside nursing home windows for those who request a song.

Created as a socially-distanced program in 2020 to provide safe musical performances during a global pandemic, Window Serenades is becoming an annual Make Music Day tradition, relevant for anyone who is isolated and needs live music in their life.

Past Participating Nursing Homes

  • Aperion Care International
  • Aperion Care Midlothian
  • Aperion Care West Ridge
  • Aperion West Chicago
  • Arden Courts of Glen Ellyn
  • ManorCare Health Services-Palos Heights East
  • The Grove of Northbrook
  • The Grove of Skokie
  • The Grove of St. Charles

Past Participating Artists

  • 5th Wave Collective
  • Chris Burdick
  • Matthew Burrows
  • Annie Chung
  • Catie Hickey
  • Carol Jarzyna
  • Lewis & Melissa Kirk
  • Becca Lucas
  • Debra & Ryan Miller

“Just returned from performing Window Serenades at The Grove of Northbrook.  We were told that every one of the residents had expressed interest in hearing a serenade!

With instruments and stands in hand we settled in front of each window and performed a few duets, from Bach to the Beatles moving around the entire facility room by room. It has been months since the last time we played a concert for anyone and it gave us both tremendous joy.  

The residents enjoyed the music and so did the healthcare workers who came out to listen. Healthcare worker Kayla said she had never heard music like that before. She told me it went straight to her soul. Amen!”

~Melissa Kirk

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