Performing Arts

Artists in Residence

Performing Arts Volunteers

Hospital Concert Series  

Artists in Residence

Beginning in 1988, The Artists in Residence (AIR) Program is one of Arts & Health’s longest running programs. The AIR program provides regularly scheduled professional performers to every Duke University Hospital unit that serves an adult population. These performers bring the beauty of music from diverse cultures and genres to staff, patients and their families.

Arts & Health’s Artists in Residence are accomplished performers who possess compassion and exceptional interpersonal skills. Trained in hospital protocols and oriented to the procedures of the units they are assigned, the artists have a unique capacity to bring a quality musical experience to patients, families and staff. As many as ten Artists in Residence are scheduled to perform throughout the year. Each residency lasts for a minimum of four months, which allows the artists to establish relationships and create an impact on the units they serve.
If you are a professional artist interested in performing at the hospital, please contact William Dawson.

Performing Arts Volunteers

Arts & Health works with Duke University Students and members from the wider community who are classically trained musicians and can perform instrumental-based music at Duke University Hospital in public spaces.  Volunteers are trained and shadowed by the Musician In Residence before they are able to perform on their own in these public settings.  For more information about Performing Arts Volunteering contact William Dawson at

Click here to see a list of the current locations and times where volunteers are performing music at Duke Hospital.


Hospital Concerts


2019 Spring & Summer Concerts 

In recognition of the diversity of the Duke University Hospital community, Arts & Health is committed to presenting a wide variety of  performances for patients, their loved ones and staff that represent the rich cultural diversity in its community. 

For more information contact William Dawson, Performing Artist in Residence at Arts & Health at Duke,

This series made possible, in part, by the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation and Frank Kenan Endowment Fund.


For more information about our Performing Arts programs, email William Dawson or call (919) 684-5633.