Girl Scouts Bring Joy Of Music To CareOne At Madison Avenue Residents
Girl Scouts Jessica Vogel and Nya Federoff of Troop #1170 in Morristown, NJ made their summer meaningful by entertaining CareOne at Madison Avenue residents with musical performances. In order to earn their Silver Award, the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can achieve, Vogel and Federoff were tasked with developing a significant and sustainable project. Vogel, a violinist for six years and Federoff, a violinist for five years and self-taught guitarist and singer, use music as a way to engage their grandparents and felt that sharing their music with CareOne at Madison Avenue residents would be the perfect way to earn the award. “We love meeting all of the residents,” said Federoff. “Our performances make the residents feel great, which makes us feel great.”
To make the initiative sustainable, the incoming Morristown High School 9th grade students plan to continue the performances throughout the year and hope to get their high school orchestra to join them. “I feel like the residents really identify with our music,” said Vogel. “It’s great to see their familiar faces. Not only do they enjoy it, but we do, too.”
Vogel and Federoff enlisted the help of their friend Ava Tan, also of Morristown, who has been playing violin for 5 years and piano for 7 years. Together, the three girls alternate playing solos, duets and trios on the violin with piano, guitar and Federoff’s soulful vocals added to the mix. “This is a great opportunity for us to spend time together and provide a musical experience for the residents,” said Tan.
Prior to performing each musical piece, the girls take turns introducing the music and composer with a level of poise and confidence most high school students have yet to achieve. Each piece is met with thunderous applause from both the CareOne at Madison Avenue residents and staff as well as the girl’s parents, who proudly attend each performance.
While most of the pieces they play are classical, Federoff says her main musical influence is singer-songwriter Taylor Swift, while Tan credits Coldplay as her muse. Vogel, on the other hand, has a musical family to inspire her.
Throughout the summer, the girls have developed relationships with the residents and know many of them on a first-name basis. They also visit each floor of the center and play music for residents who are unable to attend their performances on the main floor. “We are so grateful to Jessica, Nya and Ava for bringing the joy of music to our residents,” said CareOne at Madison Avenue Administrator Kristen Compton. “We believe in a holistic approach and musical therapy plays a wonderful role in the healing process.”
To view photos and videos of the musical performances, visit www.careonemadisonavenue.com.