Middle School Chamber Ensemble Plays Holiday Music at Lawrence Hospital Center Print

Dec. 31, 2013:  The Bronxville Middle School Chamber Music Ensemble, led by Claire Stancarone, took a holiday field trip to Lawrence Hospital Center on Wednesday, December 18.

The all-string ensemble, with students on violin, viola, cello, and bass, uplifted patients and delighted visitors to the hospital center. They performed traditional Christmas carols, including "Silent Night," "Good King Wenceslas" "Away in a Manger," "The First Noel," and "We Wish You a Merry Christmas." At the conclusion of the performance, the audience insisted on an encore, and the ensemble indulged them!

Claire Stancarone said that the students were there to "raise the vibration" in the hospital and "spread holiday cheer." Ms. Stancarone added that "the best part was that the students felt appreciated for being who they are and for sharing who they are." "They did it because they wanted to," she added, "and not for grades and material things." Seventh graders Kirsten Ircha and Anna Normand said they "just wanted to make people happy."

The president and CEO of Lawrence Hospital Center, Edward Dinan, said that he hoped the Bronxville music students would make this part of their annual holiday traditions.

The children left their visit gratified that they had cheered up many patients, shared with them their love of music, and, they hope, added to their holiday.

Pictured here: Bronxville Middle School Chamber Music Ensemble with Claire Stancarone, middle school orchestra director, and Edward Dinan, president and CEO of Lawrence Hospital Center.

Photo by Jane Ircha