Celtic Harp Program


Live Celtic harp music

Boston Children’s Hospital offers live Celtic harp music for patients, families, and staff sponsored by the Chaplaincy Department. A harpist experienced with the hospital setting is scheduled on a rotating basis in multiple areas of the hospital, including the intensive care units, the surgical waiting area and the oncology, neurology, psychiatry, and emergency departments. Harp sessions are scheduled for a minimum of 30 minutes in each area with the opportunity for patient-requested locations. 


The Celtic harp program was initiated with the support of the David S. Weiner Award for Leadership and Innovation in Child Health and thereafter with the support of the Boston Children’s Hospital League.

Positive effects

Live harp music has been shown to create a calming environment conducive to healing and reflection. It contributes to better health outcomes and well-being through lowering anxiety, stress and pain perception while promoting relaxation. Benefiting both patient families and staff, the harp offers a sense of peace and wholeness in the hospital.


“Thank you for lowering our baby’s heart rate.”  - ICU parents

"I've never heard that instrument before, but I think it is the most beautiful sound I have ever heard."  - teen patient

“It’s always a good time for the harp.”  - cardiac ICU nurse

“Harp music makes a difference here,  thank you.”  - ICU physician