President’s Message

This month we have the meeting starting off with BYOB and 6 groups/individuals have indicated that they will be showcasing what they do outside of the monthly meeting. So far Musica Ficta with Sally Price and group, the Lieblang family, Windsong, Marcy Del Clements, Claremont Early Music Ensemble, and Joe Whiting have agreed to play for 10-12 minutes some wonderful and varied music for our enjoyment. A program will be emailed out early the week of May 7th listing the details. Also, Russ Wilson has agreed to lead us the 2nd half of the meeting with what he has promised will be some fun music, including a couple of very easy ones, and one advanced piece that should be wonderful.

The Nominating Committee (Sandy Thompson, seileen62@gmail.com, Gwen Rodman, grod3608@aol.com, and Larry Dorn, dorn.laurence@gmail.com) elected at the April meeting is working hard on providing a proposed slate of OCRS Officers to be elected at the June meeting for next year, but they need your help. As you know, OCRS is purely a volunteer organization that relies on the hard work and dedication of a few to continue providing enjoyment and learning to its members. Several positions appear to need volunteers and the committee will highlight these at the meeting.

The role of making music has over the last few years has received much interest in both the increased learning of children as well as the role in the happiness of adults, and I have included several articles over the last few years in the newsletter. Recently the Wall Street Journal had an article entitled “The Joy of Learning to Play an Instrument Later in Life”. More people in their 50s and 60s are finding that taking up a musical instrument or singing improves their lives in many ways (https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-joy-of-learning-to-play-an-instrument-later-in-life-1492999441). In this article they highlight that “Given today’s longer lifespans, it’s reasonable for most people to think that if they start playing an instrument in their 50s, they can keep on playing and improving for decades, whatever instrument they choose.

Moreover, a growing body of research suggests that playing an instrument or singing in a choir can enhance emotional well-being, brain health, cognition and hearing function.

“It’s extremely exciting,” says cognitive neuroscientist Julene Johnson, a professor at the Institute for Health and Aging at the University of California, San Francisco. “My hope is that we think of creative engagement as something to do throughout our entire lifespan, and not just for pleasure but also for possible health benefits.” I encourage you to read this article by clicking on the above link to read several anecdotes on the importance of what playing music brings to one’s life.

See you the 12th.

Win Aldrich