Charity, Pathos, and the Healing Power of Music
The Belfry High School Department of Music would like to become more involved with the community. This involvement will benefit not only my students’ playing ability but instill a desire to help others. The act of sight reading increases music literacy for all students. This is vital to our growth as an ensemble in order to play “An American Elegy” by Frank Ticheli. My upper classmen will benefit from a more rigorous repertoire and therefore be more prepared to play in a collegiate ensemble. Our organization plans to host and participate in several local events. Among others, we plan to host a vigil for Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day (October 15) and visit local nursing homes to perform Christmas music in small ensembles. The culmination of this project will be our spring concert. April 2019 is the 20th anniversary of the Columbine shooting. Our spring concert will feature a collection of works centered around loss, hope, and perseverance. The central piece of this concert will be “An American Elegy” by Frank Ticheli, which was commissioned in remembrance of those who lost their lives in the Columbine shooting. This year’s theme will be hope and perseverance in the face of tragedy. Music’s ability to heal after tragedies is evident through this work. The challenge this piece of music brings to my students will supplement their aesthetic growth.