This semester, we also had our first ever performances at THON! Members performed on the stage at THON on 2/21 during the Kids’ Mail Call, and members performed on the floor at THON on 2/23 in the early morning hours. The performers rehearsed for months and gave a great impression of the Music Service Club during their first THON performances!
Happy Spring! The first half of our semester has been filled with various events, including nursing home performances, elementary school visits, and socials we have held. The nursing homes we have visited include The Village, The Oaks, and Juniper Village. We also had the chance to perform at LifeLink, which is a program at Penn State for students with disabilities. We performed at Lemont Elementary and taught the kids how to play our instruments. UNICEF Penn State also invited us to perform at their annual Snowflake Ball, which we really enjoyed.
We also just hung out together on various occasions and played games, made food, and went ice skating. We have had a great time this semester getting closer to each other through both events and socials, and we have really appreciated having the opportunity to spread our mission everywhere we go by sharing our love of music with the State College community.
Unfortunately, many of our upcoming events have been cancelled or postponed since the university is closed until April. That said, we want to make sure that everyone stays safe, and we look forward to seeing you all again in April!
We are very thankful that November has been filled with events and socials for Music Service Club! The month started off successfully with our club winning the first annual Empower the Arts Grant from PAC. We then went to the A Capella Sampler that they hosted to watch a wonderful performance and accept our grant.
We also had a Friendsgiving where we all brought and shared amazing food, drinks, and company at one of our members' apartment. We also listened to Thanksgiving music and watched a movie together.
We performed at a variety of events this month including Eagle Valley (a nursing home), APO Boyscouts, and in Philadelphia! We had an amazing time at Eagle Valley, and we had an intermission halfway through to chat with our audience. Members played various instruments from voice and piano to saxophone and trombone. At APO Boyscouts, we played a few of their favorite songs including "Wagon Wheel" and "Country Roads." For our first trip to Philadelphia, we collaborated with the Jefferson School's Music Service Club at an event, explored the city, and got bubble tea together.
Finally, we had a Panda Express fundraiser! Our members got together before our General Body meeting and ate dinner at Panda together. 20% of the proceeds go back to the club!
We are looking forward to a good December and end of the first semester for our club! See you all after fall break!
The middle of our semester has been just as eventful as the beginning! We had our first elementary school performance at Easterly Parkway Elementary School, where we not only got to play music for our audience, but we also got to teach them all how to play our instruments. Afterward, we got ice cream together:
We also had performances at Addison Court and at Wynwood, where we had the chance to perform for somewhat smaller and more intimate audiences. Addison Court gave us pizza afterward, and Wynwood gave us refreshments, which was a very kind gesture that we weren't expecting. We also went to Foxdale, where a member performed an original song, and many performers played classics and oldies that the audience could recognize.
Aside from our performances, we've also had several socials, including the pumpkin festival at the Arboretum, our successful fundraiser at Chipotle, and a horror movie night. We can't wait for the rest of the semester!
It's the end of September, and Music Service Club is already back in full swing! We have had multiple service events and several socials already, and we have many more events we are looking forward to.
Our first performance of the season took place in early September at Juniper Village, where we had so many performers that we ran over our allotted time! We played varies personal selections and oldies for our audience, and afterwards, our performers met up downtown to get lunch together.
LifeLink was a smaller event than Juniper, but our members had an amazing time performing Disney and other singalong songs for our audience of students with disabilities. We are told that they always look forward to us performing, and we feel the same way about getting to perform for and speak with them every month.
Our latest nursing home event was this past weekend, when we went to the Oaks and performed everything from classical music to pop songs. For this performance, we had enough time to chat with the residents, and they told us multiple times how much they enjoyed our performance and our company. They asked us to come back again soon, and we hope to do so!
Aside from our performances, we have had two big socials: one where we ventured to the Arboretum in the nice fall weather to play soccer and frisbee, and one where we went to Whipple Dam, a state park, and hiked and explored the area. We've really enjoyed taking advantage of the beautiful weather before it gets cold again!
Tomorrow, we look forward to our first elementary school performance of the semester. The first month of Music Service Club has been packed with events, which we love, and we hope our audience has enjoyed it as much as we have.
We are now officially in spring! That feels great for us in State College - warmer weather, fewer clouds, and lots of fun events for Music Service Club!
Since our last post, we have visited the Oaks nursing home as well as Wynwood house. It was great to return to both of these places and even better to see the residents again to catch up. Our newly-implemented intermission in the middle of our nursing home performances seems to be a hit - we spend ten to fifteen minutes taking a break and getting to know our audience. This lets us really take our time and learn who we're playing for, and it's something we plan to continue!
Coming up, we have our annual bake sale fundraiser! If you're in town, come and stop by the Corner Room on Saturday from 4:00 - 8:00 pm for some homemade backed goods - we promise they're moderately-priced, for a good cause, and absolutely delicious!
I love baked goods, see you there!
This past week, we also visited the APO Boyscouts at Grace Lutheran Church. Great fun was had by all, and because our visit was on Valentine’s Day, we were able to share homemade cards with the scouts! Below are a few pictures of our crafty club members making Valentines at a general body meeting.
Hi, everyone! Welcome back from all of us at PSU Music Service Club. We've had a great start to our semester, with some amazing events already behind us. We're excited to do even more this fall!
After our first few events and our second general body meeting, the club decided to head out to the Creamery for some bonding. The line for ice cream was long, but most people seemed to think it was worth it for the Death by Chocolate (or, you know, any of the other flavors that aren't quite as good). It was a nice night, so we ventured outside, where two of our members who'd brought their instruments serenaded the Creamery visitors! There was dancing, jamming, and a good time was had by all.
Coming up, we have a visit to Juniper Village nursing home and a few local elementary schools! I, for one, can't wait to see the seniors and the kids have their day brightened by music the same way my day was brightened by Death by Chocolate.
Well, spring break has, at least. Now that everyone is back at University Park, Music Service Club can kick back into gear! We have lots of exciting events coming up soon, including a club trip to the Ronald McDonald House in Hershey, PA! This coming weekend, we'll visit the RMH to play for the families there who might need a pick-me-up. Hopefully spring weather comes along to pick everyone up as well!
Whether you had a spring break or not, I hope you were able to do something musical in these past few weeks! Over my break, I had the opportunity to see the show Oklahoma! by Rogers and Hammerstein. Musicals definitely aren't for everyone, and neither is Oklahoma!, seeing as it's nearly three hours long. But if you're looking for some feel-good, old-fashioned show tunes to listen to, check out the soundtrack to the musical. Even if I was a little confused as to why there were three reprises of the titular song in less than fifteen minutes, I left the show feeling warm and fuzzy. The very first scene starts with the song "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'." It might be a little trite, but it's perfect for the beginning of spring. It's all about appreciating nature and the simple, little beautiful things in life that we often forget about. Let's remember those things going into the second half of the semester and the beginning of the season!
Now if only the snow would stop.
Why I chose Dragostea Din Tei: You might not recognize the title of this song, but it was a smash hit in the early 00's. Those of us who heard it countless times on the radio or on our early mp3 players might know it as Numa Numa, or maybe you've never heard of it and are scratching your head. Either way, it's a Romanian love song that I've been singing for the past week, because it's just so catchy!
Have a listen here!
Stories from our club trips and activities