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Monday, July 26, 2004 - Students to entertain at Older Persons Commission

The audience at this year’s recital for Oakland University’s Music Preparatory Division students will be made up of more than the usual family members. The music students ranging from 6 years old to adults of all ages will hold their recital, which is free and open to the public, at the Older Persons Commission on Letica Drive in Rochester on Tuesday, Aug. 17, at 1 p.m.


Last year, the Music Preparatory students decided to add a component of community service to their summer recitals by holding them at senior citizen centers. The recital last year was held at Alterra Assisted Living in Troy.
The enthusiastic response from the seniors in the audience, who tapped their feet and sang along, inspired the students to repeat the rewarding experience. 


Bibianne Yu, associate director of OU’s Music Preparatory Division, was surprised at the incredible response from the students. 


“Even though I knew the students would enjoy performing for the seniors, I had no idea they would ask all throughout the year, ‘When are we going back?’” Yu said.


The Music Preparatory Division, under the direction of Assistant Professor of Music Diane Petrella, provides private and group lessons to students 18 months to adult on voice, piano and a variety of other instruments. Students need not be enrolled at the university to participate.


For more information on OU’s Music Preparatory Division, visit the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance Web site.