Westmont’s Sanare Music Ministry performs for local seniors


David Shiang

Daniel Macy, Joshua Jang, Samila Aquino Holt, David Shiang, Isaac Siebelink perform for local senior citizens.

David Shiang , Staff Writer

On Oct. 16, five Westmont musicians gathered in a cozy living room on Santa Barbara Street to share music with 20 smiling residents of the Alexander Gardens Senior Living Home. 

The musicians were members of Westmont’s own Sanare Music Ministry, a group dedicated to sharing the joy of music with the Santa Barbara community. The group consisted of first-year Joshua Jang playing trumpet, first-year David Shiang playing piano, second-year Daniel Macy and fourth-year Isaac Siebelink both playing violin, and fourth-year Samila Aquino Holt playing clarinet. 

Jang’s rendition of George Gershwin’s “Someone to Watch Over Me,” a melodious ode to love and hope, brought oohs and aahs from the residents, who smiled and clapped after each performance.

“I liked seeing that the seniors were happy hearing we were here,” Jang said. “I knew George Gershwin would connect super well with the seniors and bring them a lot of joy, so that’s how I decided on that song.”

Macy chose Vivaldi’s “Autumn” for its “optimism and energy.” In performing “Autumn,” Macy hoped to “bring a happy note to the residents of Alexander Gardens.” 

Psalm 57:7 says, “My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast. I will sing and make music.” The musicians of Westmont were honored to make music to share with the residents of Alexander Gardens, and they look forward to future performances in Santa Barbara.

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