Joining our team this July 2020 is J.Jeff Badger. J.Jeff comes to us with a wealth of experience in performing arts administration, including past positions with San Francisco Opera and Symphony, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, and American Bach Soloists (ABS); also, he currently is the Executive Director for San Francisco Renaissance Voices (SFRV). A singer himself, J.Jeff has performed as a soloist and chorister with the Symphony, Carmel Bach Festival, ABS, and SFRV, among others, and most recently in the chorus of the national touring company of “Zelda, Symphony of the Goddesses.”
The "Muses" are the professional musicians on our staff who provide the healing music that is our organization's mission. Each musician commits to a regular schedule, in order to learn each facility's routines and needs, and to support each location's own program of care.
Margaret is a professional Celtic harpist, singer, recorder player and flutist, with a B.A. in Music. She co-leads the Early Music quartet Broceliande and Celtic rock group Avalon Rising. A third-degree Reiki Master/Teacher, she brings her healing skills and awareness to every engagement.
Patrice is our longest-serving Muse, having played harp with Healing Muses since 2004. Additionally, she served Healing Muses as Executive Director from 2012 to 2020. Outside of Healing Muses, Patrice is known for her intuitive songwriting and beautiful voice. Our CD A Garden of Healing (2010), includes two of her original pieces and a vocal performance.
Shira received her degree in music from UC Berkeley and studied vielle with Margaret Tindemans. She has been a member and leader of several ensembles, including the SF Bay Area's Christmas Revels. Shira brings to Healing Muses' clients the breadth and depth of her knowledge in Celtic, American, and early music traditions.
Healing Muses was founded in 1999 by Eileen Hadidian, a professional flautist and recorder player who found great strength in music during her own battle with cancer. At the time, hospitals were just starting to recognize the power of music and other forms of pain management as key to healing. Eileen's article "Healing with Music" framed the conversation; Healing Muses' program grew quickly to include many Northern California hospitals and in 2001, incorporated as a 501(c)3. We are grateful for her vision.
Board of Directors
Marla Fibish -- President
Musician and Instructor
Philip Batchelder -- Secretary
Trusts and estates Lawyer
Inanna Hazel -- Treasurer
Managing Director of Pesticide Action Network, Berkeley
Musician and Writer
Bruce Victor, M.D.,
Distinguished Fellow, American Psychiatric Association
Former Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, Univ. of California San Francisco