Ground Zero Musicians Wanted for Follow-Up

Volume CII, No. 12December, 2002

Organizers are seeking musicians who volunteered at St. Paul’s Chapel after Sept. 11, 2001, in order to compile a comprehensive volunteer database. The organizers are from two different nonprofits, the Arts Healing Cooperative (AHC) and the Nine-Twelve Community (NTC).

The Arts Healing Cooperative is comprised of volunteer musicians and coordinators who organized ongoing musical performances at St. Paul’s Chapel for Ground Zero rescue and relief workers. The Nine-Twelve Community was founded by a team of volunteer coordinators at St. Paul’s.

The AHC organizes paid performance opportunities for musicians at hospitals, hospices and shelters. The group also plans to issue a commemorative CD of the music performed at St. Paul’s and hold a winter fundraising concert to support AHC and the CD project.

AHC has also been active in the community. On Nov. 9, AHC musicians performed for the first NTC meeting where clergy, local residents and business people discussed the future of the Ground Zero site. For the second straight year, AHC will be organizing tickets for the New York Fire Chiefs Association’s annual Broadway outing. Lisa Pike, a French hornist and active AHC volunteer, has spearheaded a coaching and training project that pairs professional musicians with fire house and police station bands.

AHC’s Web site – which will be up and running shortly – is The Nine-Twelve Community maintains a site at

To add your contact information to the database, or for more information about the Arts Healing Community or Nine-Twelve Community, contact Local 802 members Ralph Farris at or Elissa Kleeman at (732) 937-5457. AHC’s leadership committee also include St. Paul’s musicians Bob McCrone and Jen Wu.