Alena Lu: A Tacy Volunteer's Story

The Tacy Foundation has been a really important part of my musical life since middle school. Ever since I was introduced to it, I’ve really learned about how playing piano is not only for competitions, but is also for helping others. Knowing that people actually enjoy my music and that it helps them through their daily lives really means a lot to me. For example, when I was performing at NIH once, after the performance a man walked up to me and said, “Thank you so much for playing today. I’ve had a stressful day and all this music has helped me relax a lot.” This makes me feel really happy since I just made somebody’s day a lot greater. Also, performing at the Hebrew Home really makes me feel pleased since these seniors have also played music when they were young, and to see them enjoy it after such a long time really makes me delighted. Besides from helping people in these events, I’ve also made many new friends, and I’ve met many other people like me. They all have the same goal I have: to help people with our music and let them enjoy it.

 Additionally, Mrs. Holliday is a great person. She is really encouraging and she helps many people achieve their goals. I’m glad that there are so many people in this world who not only want to create young musicians, but also give them an opportunity to use the skills they’ve learned to provide therapy to many other people, whether it be children, adults, veterans, or seniors. It makes me happy to see that I am part of a person’s recovery, and that there are many people like me who love music, and want to inspire hope, note by note.

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