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Thanks to five students, residents of the Easton Home for elderly women heard a live performance of holiday music at their recent Victorian Tea.

The musicians were clarinetists Tobias “Toby” Heineck ’06, a mechanical engineering major, Lisa Klenn ’06 (Quakertown, Pa.), a psychology major, and Ben Doremus ’07 (Hopkinton, Mass.), an electrical and computer engineering major with a religious studies minor; and flutists Allison Shapp ’08 (Plainview, N.Y.), a double major in international affairs and music, and Laura Fredley ’06 (Emmaus, Pa.), an electrical and computer engineering major. They performed works by composers such as Mozart, Pachebal, Handel, and Magnani.

Since she has not been able to perform much this year, Klenn was excited for the opportunity to combine performing with volunteering.

“I know that senior citizens really appreciate when young people come and spend time with them in any form. My grandfather was a musician and inspired me to play the clarinet, so this was a way to return the favor,” she says.

Doremus shares Klenn’s joy of performing music.

“I love playing my instrument, and I will gladly take any chance I have to share my enjoyment with others,” he says. “My peers are some of the best woodwinds in the school and great people to be around.”

Shapp valued the chance to bring cheer to others during the holiday season.

“I volunteered right away because it sounded like a great opportunity,” she says. “I love playing music, especially in small ensembles, and this was a wonderful opportunity to do that while providing a service. Hopefully, it made the tea more enjoyable for all of those attending.”

Klenn is a campus tour guide and an usher at the Williams Center for the Arts. A former member of the Pep Band, she is a member of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority, Clarinet Ensemble, and Marquis Players, a student group that produces an annual musical to raise funds for charities.

In addition to being a McKelvy Scholar, Doremus is a member of the Wind Ensemble, Clarinet Choir, Pep Band, Ultimate Frisbee team, CHILL (Creating a Healthy, Interesting and Livable Lafayette), Lafayette Environmental Awareness and Protection, the student chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the Social Gaming Network. He also is participating in the Tekbots competition sponsored by the IEEE chapter.

Shapp performs with the Concert Band, Concert Choir, and Woodwind Quintet. She also writes for The Lafayette and is a member of French and History Clubs.

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