Club Spotlight: Chamber for Charity encourages orchestra’s performance opportunities

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Candice Anvari staff writer

It’s one thing to play music for self-enjoyment, but playing music for the enjoyment of others creates an “out of this world experience” for junior Bradley Moon. Junior Sam Wolf and Moon took the liberty of running the Chamber for Charity program this year to not only do what they love, but to express their passion for music for the benefit of others.

Chamber for Charity utilizes the talents of orchestra students to make a difference among adults in rehab centers and nursing facilities who do not get visited often by members of the community. The club’s sponsor, Bill Bradbury, meets with the orchestra enthusiasts every Wednesday in room 191. The program’s main objective is to help bring joy to patients in nursing homes and rehab centers through planned performances and interactions between the club members and the patients. Wolf and Moon were both chosen to take on the leadership role this year and they leaped at the opportunity to make people smile through their talent.

In terms of benefits, the club not only impacts the patients but it promotes the students’ interests as well by giving them more opportunities to practice and learn for their future orchestra performances. 

“One of the things these performances offer us is opportunities to play our instruments. We don’t really have that many opportunities to perform, maybe one or two concerts a year, but with these performances they’re mini salon style opportunities that allow us to grow our performing skills further,” Moon said. 

In comparison to last year, the club has been able to perform on a grander scale. As of this year, the members performed at Sunset Assisted Living. The club plans to hold another performance for Watermark on Nov. 23 and possibly one more performance toward the end of this semester. 

On the other hand, the club is in need of more members as they want to be more significant in the community and cover more ground in terms of their performances.  The more people they have participating in their club, the greater the impact they’ll have on their audience.

“People should join the club as it is a great performance opportunity and a nice thing to do for others overall,” Wolf said. “People [attending] these performances don’t have a lot going on nowadays, so it’s nice to make them feel good and add something interesting to their day.”

Some students took what Wolf said to heart. Sophomore Samantha Maybaum’s primary motive for joining the club was her desire to put her talents to work for something that matters and means something to her personally. Maybaum hopes to play for more people this year and she aspires to play music she believes other people will find entertaining.

“For me, setting my skills to a good cause makes the experience of playing an instrument much more enjoyable and knowing that I’m bringing joy to other people is one of the best feelings,” Maybaum said.  

Moon wants the tone of the club to hold a deeper meaning than just students playing instruments. He hopes people can see the effect music has on others, and he wants others to be able to hear the passion eminniting from their instruments.

“Music should be enjoyable. Music should make people feel better,”  Moon said. Playing music and listening to music should all, in the long run, be for the better.” 

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