How an orchestra helps Texas Medical Center physicians relieve burnout

In addition to working long hours and caring for patients, several physicians and staff from Texas Medical Center in Houston have come together to form an orchestra.

The Doctors Orchestra of Houston was founded in 2000 and is one of few community orchestras in the nation that has health professionals as musicians.

The group performs concerts in lobby of Houston Methodist Hospital, various locations inside Texas Medical Center and premier concert halls across the city. The orchestra has won several awards, including the American Prize in Orchestra Performance in the community orchestra division for the 2016-17 season. It was named runner up the following year.

"This is an absolutely quality orchestra and we want to get the secret out," the orchestra's Executive Director Ken Sebek said in a statement.

"Medical professionals have inherent talents, their intensity and focus, that lend themselves so much to classical music. They are working much more than 8 to 5. They're focused on the health of humans and to make the world better and healthy, so this is a chance for them to release some of this inherent pressure they have in their day-to-day lives and enjoy themselves," he added.

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