The sounds of the holiday season filled Brandywine Living in Princeton as students from Princeton University’s Music Outreach Program visited and performed for residents.

Each semester, the program, a civic engagement program, pairs musicians from Princeton University with local nursing homes and senior living communities. According to Stephanie Gaber, an escapade producer at Brandywine Living in Princeton, they aim to make a difference through music that has the power to help people relax, fall in love and enjoy life.

Students performed at the facility on December 9. During the performance, students played various instruments. Tarraf Varela was on piano/keyboard, Rachel Chen was on cello, Andrew Guo was on violin, Sarah Choi was on oboe, Georgia Post was on violin, Tien Yu was on piano and Kyle Tsai was on clarinet.

Musical compositions usually vary in style and instrumentation. Residents played classical and festive songs.

Undergraduate and graduate students make meaningful connections through learning, experiences, meetings and interactions with the people they are advocating for, Gaber said.

In the past, bands have organized various themed concerts for residents, such as performances on Valentine’s Day and Christmas.

“We try to put on a few plays every semester and we have a lot of fun,” Choi said.

Brandywine Living resident Ade Hinkson said he enjoyed the performance.

“I can’t wait [until] The band is coming back in February, they’ve been great,” he said.

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