Students give gift of music to seniors in assisted living

Golden Melody club with some seniors from Angel's Touch Assisted Living.
Golden Melody club with some seniors from Angel's Touch Assisted Living. (Courtesy Photo/ Scott Sacks)

Members of The Golden Melody: Music for a Cause Club recently performed for the seniors at Angel’s Touch Assisted Living. The members of the club, all music students at Glenelg High School, perform vocally and instrumentally at nursing homes, assisted living facilities and hospitals around the area.

The club officers, Natsuki Sacks, Amy Hwang and Bridget Donohue, together with Jack Donohue, Maddy Dwyer, Ocarina Lin, Andrew Meissner and Dhruvi Mirani were warmly received by the seniors.


The club was created by Natsuki in memory of her great aunt, Myra Shapiro, who loved to listen to Natsuki and her sisters play their instruments and sing at the assisted living facility where she lived. The club gives the students a great way to share their love of music with their elders.

All of the students take Gifted and Talented classes and all participate in either band, orchestra or choir at Glenelg. Their faculty advisor is Natalie Cardillo, the choir teacher at Glenelg.

According to Natsuki, “It was a pleasure performing for everyone,” and they plan to go back. The members of The Golden Melody are having fun while they spread joy to the senior community.

Kassidy Sharp, the theatre arts director at Glenelg High School is excited to announce the spring musical “Chicago.” Performances will be Thursday, March 28, Friday, March 29 and Saturday, March 30 at 7 p.m. There will also be matinees on Saturday, March 30 and Sunday, March 31 at 2 p.m. Admission is $10 per person and tickets will be sold at the door.

The fourth Run for Rod will be Saturday, March 16 beginning at 7:30 a.m. This event is held in memory of former Glenelg Student Services Counselor Rodney Williams, who died in 2014. All proceeds will go to a scholarship in Williams’ name which will be awarded to a Glenelg student.

Registration for the 5K run or one-mile walk is $20. You can register online at runreg.com. The race will begin at 8:30 a.m. The 5K route will proceed along Burntwoods Road and through the Burntwoods neighborhood. The mile walk will be around the track at the high school. All racers will start and finish at Glenelg.

The Mighty Kelltones will be performing a pre-St. Patrick’s Day concert at the Gary Arthur Glenwood Community Center on Monday, March 11 at 11 a.m. The Mighty Kelltones perform Celtic music and include Glenwood’s own Ralph and Kathie Lillie. If you want to stay for lunch, the concert will be followed by Ruebens and Rachels at noon. Lunch will cost $10 and you must pre-register by Friday, March 8.

What do you know about your septic system? On Saturday, March 16, Master Gardener Sid Abel is presenting a program titled “Simply Septic Systems” at the Glenwood Branch of the Howard County Public Library. From 3 to 5 p.m. you can learn how septic systems are constructed and how to maintain them to promote a healthy and safe environment. If you are interested in attending, you will need to pre-register by calling 410-313-5577.


Amy Bejm Syversen, the director of bands at Dayton Oaks Elementary School is pleased to announce the band musicians of the month for March. Cara Marks, Gabriella Crimmins, Serena Soldavin, Kiley Baur, Alexandra Cook, Lucas Ballou, Joseph Morris, Shyam Patel, Alexander El Sawi, Panayiotis Kumutsos, Will Short, Isobel Knotts, Olivia Broesamle, Aryan Patel, Kian Solimani, Scott Wallace, Arvin Bozorgi and Leon Du are all practicing hard and making Syversen very proud.