Collington Residents Welcome SOM Students
Two generations have been united through music in the new student artist residency program between the University of Maryland School of Music (SOM) and Collington Life Plan Community (Collington).
As part of the program, beginning last August SOM graduate students Samantha Flores (MM, cello) and Matthew Rynes (DMA, clarinet) received room and board at Collington in exchange for performing regularly and organizing additional concerts and educational programs for residents.
“The artist residency at Collington affords students the chance to connect in meaningful ways with a distinct segment of our community and compels them to think about how we use music to engage with specific audiences,” says SOM Director Jason Geary. “It’s important that students understand fully the role that music can play in enriching the lives of those around them.”
A committee of residents at Collington currently organizes on-site music performances and collaborative opportunities for residents, including a community choir, jazz band and Sunday afternoon concerts that feature resident musicians. As a reciprocal living-and-learning experience, Flores and Rynes will enhance these existing activities by performing for residents, curating a new concert series and teaching courses on music appreciation and music theory.