Meet Chloé - Chloé works in the Intensive Care Nursery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She has also worked at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Denver Children's and St Christopher's Children's Hospital.
In addition to playing with the Baby Blue Sound Collective, Chloé has also been doing recordings and gigs with Shutters, a band led by her brother. They grew up playing music together and Shutters is their first official collaboration. You can visit their band page on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/shuttersmusic
During her time as a nurse at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) she also performed at the bereavement ceremonies and holiday concerts with Patrick Lipawen, a Music Therapist at CHOP. Patrick was the one who actually encouraged her to dust off her cello and get playing again.
Chloé met Patrick through her sister, Kelsey. Kelsey was a patient at CHOP for many years after her diagnosis with cancer in 1998. Chloé lost Kelsey to cancer in 2005 but fondly shares special memories of their time together. And musical talent clearly runs in the family - Kelsey was a hugely talented artist and musician herself (jazz piano). In her last days, Kelsey, Chloé and their two other siblings would sit at the piano at the entrance to the oncology unit and sing songs together or jam in the music therapy room.
In Chloé's own words:
I love having a job that allows me time to play music. It is such a huge and beautiful part of life. Im so glad all of these events have given me an impetus and an opportunity to play, and to raise money for such an excellent cause. Music brings people together in such an amazing way. It is nice to work with all of these fellow practitioners and see their (hidden!) talents. I think it helps us see each other in a new light, not just for who we are at work.
I love being a nurse. To the kids and also to the families. People often say - "I dont know how you do it - seeing all those sick children". My reply has always been - I love being there, down in the trenches with people who are going through these hard times. I like being able to make each day of their trial just a little easier by sharing my light. I was touched in the same way by the beautiful people who cared for my sister and our family. I vow that if I am ever going to work dreading what I do, than it is time to find a new job or make some change happen.
Thank you for sharing your music, and your story, with us Chloé.
Come out to hear her play with the Baby Blue Sound Collective on May 9th at World Cafe Live. Visit www.babybluesc.com for tickets.