On May 5, the Holy Names Prep Music Department threw a 50th birthday party and invited the whole community. The event was organized by the programs director, Katherine Baird and the department’s 50th-anniversary committee.
“The Family Music & Art Day was a huge success—we wanted it to be a festive, fun event that would bring all our families together to celebrate music and art. The day was full and vibrant. With families staying the entire afternoon.”
Outdoor performances took place throughout the day, with Prep Music students playing lively musical numbers that brought the crowd to their feet—in dance and applause.
Besides music, the crowd participated in activities, like face painting, karaoke, and an interactive drum demo taught by Prep Music teacher and Midnight Blues Jazz Trio musician, Otto Huber.
Katherine Baird is thankful for the dedicated parents that volunteered to help, “the parents really jumped in and made the event run so smoothly. Thanks to everyone pitching in we pulled off a great event. I was told by a staff member that it brought back their faith in humanity.” she said.
A particularly special component of the event was the ceramic tile painting. Attendees (and non-attendees) were able to purchase and decorate tiles to adorn a commemorative bench or wall that will be displayed permanently on campus.
The tiles were a creative way to raise funds for the Sister Therese-Cecile Murphy Endowment Fund. “The endowment fund is really to help make music available to everyone, including people that may not be able to pay for it. Our goal is to be able to offer financial assistance to 20% of our students,” said Baird.
The fund was named after Sister Therese-Cecile Murphy, a Holy Names College music professor and early advocate of Suzuki music education. Thanks to her guiding vision, she made HNU’s Preparatory Music one of the first Suzuki centers on the West Coast.
Do you want to help nurture young musicians? Donate to the Sister Therese-Cecile Murphy Endowment Fund.