Club Corner: Music for Healing

Emily Leung, Feature Editor

Both coming from Diamond Bar High School’s Grammy award-winning performing arts program, seniors Jessica Fan and Tiffany Lin used their interest in music to start a performing arts volunteer club, Music for Healing, in March.
Though there are other music volunteering clubs on campus, Music for Healing sets itself apart as it allows those not only in orchestra and band to volunteer, but also anyone who enjoys singing, dancing, and drama. Students with prior experience in any of these types of performing arts can volunteer with the club. The club also provides opportunities for volunteers to work on the set-up crew.

“We make sure that the performances we’re giving…actually has quality, with talented musicians, actors, and dancers,” Fan said.

Senior Nicole Chen, who is also a part of DBHS’s Symphony orchestra, is the Technology Representative for this club.

“I chose this club because I wanted to volunteer while doing something I already enjoy doing,” Chen stated.

Music for Healing has received some great feedback from the audience at Steinmetz Senior Center. The first time this club ever performed was also the first time this senior center had ever experienced a live performance. Some people in the audience even began taking out their phones to film the students and others even requested specific songs for the students to play at their next performance.

“In the beginning when we first went in, the seniors did not care. They were all talking. But I think once the first performance started, it changed everything,” Fan stated.

Though they currently volunteer at senior centers, Music for Healing would also like to expand to volunteer at elementary schools, libraries, and hospitals as well.

“I think it’s a club that makes a difference. It’s not just a club that raises money and sends it off and don’t do anything directly. They directly go into…homes for the elderly or active retirement homes and play music and brighten the lives of people that are in need of some positive things in their life. They’re one of the clubs that directly make a difference, and it benefits the students as well,” advisor Daniel Roubian said.