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“Blissful, a wonderful ending to a long day.
God Bless. ”

- Angel-Shelter Client

"Music feeds our soul and I'd wish that there would be many more places like Music Kitchen where musicians can offer their art to people in need of comfort and encouragement and, in return, get a unique feeling of what it means to share the sensation of music.  The intense interaction of giving and receiving has been a very special experience for me and has moved me deeply."

-Albrecht Mayer, Principal Oboist of the Berlin Philharmonic

Music Kitchen - Food for the Soul ®
Founded March 2005

“Just Three blocks from Lincoln Center…The concerts have an air of authenticity and directness that sometimes does not exist in concert halls.”
- The New York Times -

Mission Statement

To bring top emerging and established professional musicians together in order to share the inspirational, therapeutic, and uplifting power of music with New York City’s disenfranchised homeless shelter population. I believe a shelter exists to provide not only physical but emotional and spiritual support to those who, for whatever reason, have lost the foundation of their homes and communities. I believe that music reaches the core of our being and can play a vital role in nourishing hope, love and strength, particularly when performed at an extremely high artistic level and in a friendly, relaxed setting.

Welcome to the Music Kitchen Website!

Kelly Hall-Tompkins, Violinist & Found of Music Kitchen NYC

Kelly Hall-Tompkins
Executive and Artistic Director, Founder

Hear Listeners Speak About the Concerts In their own Voices

Our Shelter Partners in New York and Los Angeles

1) Antonio Olivieri Center     2) Turning Point Youth Shelter     3) Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen

4) Salvation Army Soup Kitchen     5) Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Shelter Program

6) Holy Trinity Lutheran Church HUG Program     7) Park Avenue Armory Lenox Hill Womenís Shelter

8) Good Shepherd Center for Homeless Women and Children (LA)     9) Downtown Women's Center (LA)
10) The Midnight Mission (LA)     

News Highlights:

Forgotten Voices Album Available Now

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Forgotten Voices World Premiere at Carnegie Hall
March 31, 2022



Trailer - Music Kitchen Forgotten Voices World Premiere at Carnegie Hall

News Archive:

NBC Sunday Today with Willie Geist
Music Kitchen Feature with Harry Smith


27 December 2017
Music Kitchen Founder/Executive and Artistic Director Kelly Hall-Tompkins as a New Yorker of the Year
by Alexandra S. Levine
Fiddler on the Roof
Violinist Plays at Homeless Shelters
April 27, 2016
April 27, 2010
  April 1, 2010

Music Kitchen - Food for the Soul
( by Whitney Dehart, CBSNews.com )
The Music Kitchen
( by Catherine Cole, ABCNews.com )
2013 Glenn Dicterow, Concertmaster of New York Philharmonic, joins Music Kitchen

I am very pleased to announce that Glenn Dicterow...

Photo by: Chris Lee
  December 2009
The New York Times

Music Kitchen in The New York Times:  "For the Homeless, Music that Fills a Void"

by Dan Wakin
  March 2009
Strings Magazine

Food for the Soul: A write up in Strings Magazine about Music Kitchen.

by Louise Lee


  September 2007
The Hallmark Channel

Music Kitchen Founder, Kelly Hall-Tompkins, appears on New Morning TV with Timberly Whitfield. The segment features an interview with Ms. Hall-Tompkins as well as a performance of the Mozart Duo for Violin & Viola K.423 with Ms. Hall-Tompkins and Orlando Wells.
June 2007
Music Kitchen Featured in Chamber Music America Magazine, American Ensembles Section June 2007
June 2007
Jazz Singer Rene Marie Performs June 2 at the Olivieri Center, featuring her new song about homelessness in America, "This is Not a Protest Song"
May 2007
Music Kitchen also featured in Spirituality and Health Magazine May 2007
January 2006
Principal Oboist of the Berlin Philharmonic, Albrecht Mayer, performed Mozart Oboe Quartet with Music Kitchen
June 2006
Emmanuel Ax performed Beethoven Violin Sonata and Brahms Piano Trio
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