LAKEWOOD - A local string ensemble had a chance to brighten the day of several residents at Emeritus Assisted Living in Lakewood.
On Saturday, members of the Regis Strings ensemble - under the direction of Catharine Regis-Green - serenaded Emeritus residents with their violin playing in observance of national "Make A Difference Day," which is dedicated to helping others. According to Regis-Green, the skills that her students develop through the performance of their instruments is special because it can also be shared with others.
"When we're learning, we're learning how to make a gift," Regis-Green said. "So then we're able to give the gift of music as kind of an altruistic kind of thing. And that's one reason why we play out in the different residential homes."
Catharine Regis-Green, pictured at right, directs members of the Regis Strings ensemble during a recital at Emeritus Assisted Living in Lakewood to celebrate national “Make A Difference Day.”
P-J photo by Gavin Paterniti
During the hour-long recital of the Regis Strings ensemble, Emeritus residents experienced an array of musical selections and Halloween costumes. Each ensemble member wore a costume during the performance, and were offered an opportunity to introduce themselves, what they were dressed as and parade around the room in which the performance was held.
According to Theresa Perrin, life enhancement coordinator at Emeritus, the Regis Strings ensemble has been a staple at the retirement community on "Make A Difference Day" since 2000, and is anticipated annually by many residents.
"It just brightens their day," Perrin said. "(Make A Difference Day) is a time to do something nice for somebody. And because music is a universal language, (Regis Strings) come in here to play every year. These people love music, and they love seeing the little kids in their costumes. Any time we bring kids in, they like that. And we both benefit because they have a nice place to go and we have a nice activity for the residents."
Regis-Green, a former teacher with Jamestown Public Schools, said she now gives lessons out of her private studio at Christ First United Methodist Church. The Regis Strings ensemble currently has 21 members, which Regis-Green said is the maximum number that she can accommodate. Students of Regis-Green are instructed in playing through the Shinichi Suzuki and Mark O'Connor methods.
"It enables kids from school districts that don't have a string program in their school to take lessons, so that's a nice thing," Regis-Green said.
For more information about Regis Strings and future public performances, contact Catharine Regis-Green at 483-2430 or firstname.lastname@example.org.