JR B SHARP



The Junior B Sharp Musical Club was established in 1916 by the senior group to augment the musical offerings of schools and private teachers in the area. Through regular monthly meetings, the members have opportunities for solo and chamber music performance, contact with other outstanding area music students, and involvement in feature programs and workshops presented by guest professionals.

Membership is comprised of, but not limited to, 
students from the following school districts:
 
Clinton,  Notre Dame High School,  Holland Patent,
Manlius Pebble Hill, New Hartford,  Oneida, Oriskany, Rome, Sauquoit, Utica, 
Vernon-Verona-Sherrill, Waterville, Whitesboro as well as Home Schooled students.
 

Meetings include a short business segment, followed by student performances, culminating with a guest speaker/performer presentation of musical interest. Student officers are elected by the membership.

Activities:

Community Service Programs
– students provide musical performances for area nursing homes and senior centers,
and the Utica College Lunch Hour series.

Annual Benefit Concert
– each year the club selects a charitable organization and donates the proceeds from the benefit concert. Recent charities include:
o The Heifer Project
o Doctors Without Borders' Haiti Relief effort
o House of the Good Shepherd


For questions about Jr. B Sharp, contact Judy Marchione, kjmarchione@yahoo.com, 315 985-1068


ODE TO MUSIC
Music, her lilting sway
inspires us to love, to fill our souls with
childlike wonder

and for those noble few who
spend their life in this pursuit,
they know the humble awe it is
to lie swaddled in its gossamer embraces
and to lie at its
broad, sun-warmed shore
lapped by its eternal waves
washed o'er with beauty

and what folly it is to think ourselves apart
and estranged,
for this immutable language is
eternal,
forged of our deepest
longings
of our highest graces,
and forever utterly candid,
impossibly beautiful
she allows to shine our truest heart.

Written and dedicated to the Jr. B Sharp Musical Club by James Ray 2005