Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Performs Music For Elderly

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Performs Music For Elderly

The residents of Northridge Assisted Living were taken back in time by the men of Phi Mu Alpha.

The local chapter of this nationwide music fraternity consists of 15 University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point student musicians who share a common love of music as well as the desire of providing service to the community.

At least once a semester the fraternity travels into the community to share their love of music with others.

On Saturday, the men of Phi Mu Alpha visited the Northridge Assisted Living Homes to bring music to individuals whom they felt needed it the most.

To appeal to the residents, the fraternity formed a small jazz combo which played a collection of jazz standards from the 1920s to 1960s.

Jacob Opperman, the fraternity’s music coordinator, noted how rewarding it was to be able to perform for the residents of the home.

“It was really cool watching them sing along with the music and get lost in it and get transported back to when they were young,” Opperman said. “You could see the nostalgia on their faces.”

After playing over ten jazz standards, the fraternity joined together to sing several songs from the same era.

Nick Verheyen, UWSP’s chapter president, said these moments are what being a Sinfonian is all about.

“It was a great feeling to give back to the Stevens Point community, especially those at the nursing home,” Verheyen said. “We could see how much the residents, and the staff appreciated our visit which was real heartwarming for everyone in the fraternity.”

In December, Phi Mu Alpha will join together with the other chapters in the state to sing at the Children’s Hospital in Madison.

Michael Schnell


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