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Music students perform for elderly retirees

November 30, 2012

Students in Loyola’s College of Music and Fine Arts are using their talents to give back to the community this holiday season with a series of live performances at the Poydras Retirement Home on Magazine Street in New Orleans.

According to Nick Volz, trumpet professor and coordinator of the retirement home series, these recitals are a way to bring music to a community that does not often get to see live performances. “Music has long been considered a universal language, and it particularly helps us connect with elderly people and those with memory problems,” Volz said. “It gives our students the rewarding experience of giving back to the community and performing for a truly grateful audience.”

The first recital, held earlier this month, featured three undergraduate voice students—Stephanie Rocca, Amanda McCarthy and Alexandra Sharp—in a program of songs and arias in collaboration with pianist Jesse Reeks. The group plans to present recitals each semester following the regular Sunday church service at the home.

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