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Community musicians share talents with elderly for Eagle Scout project

Special to the Sun
Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.comNikki Caravelli and Ryan Collins perform a duet at the and#8220;Emeritus at the Seasonsand#8221; in Reno, Nev.

TAHOE CITY, Calif. and#8212; and#8220;Play it Forward and#8211; Musicians Performing for Community,and#8221; an Eagle Scout Project by Ryan Collins of Incline Village’s Boy Scout Troop 37, brings music to the elderly by enlisting the talents of community musicians to perform for seniors.

Collins, 17, of Tahoe City, developed the nonprofit project as a gesture of goodwill and companionship to the elderly. Play it Forward is sponsored by the Reno Pops Orchestra, who will assume direction of the program following the initial series of six performances for Collins’ Eagle Scout project.

The first performance Aug. 18 was met with great success as seniors at Reno’s Emeritus at the Seasons facility listened to piano, clarinet, flute, accordion, and vocal soprano performances.

and#8220;It’s my hope,and#8221; Collins said, and#8220;that the program brings a fun afternoon to our elderly and that the performing musicians see just how much our seniors have to offer. Already, with just one performance under our belt, I’m amazed at the depth of personalities. We play for them, but really they give just as much back to us. and#8221;

The project is now seeking volunteer musicians of all ages and talents to perform short pieces of choral or instrumental music by either a solo artist or group.

Any contribution is appreciated. Musicians do not need to commit to more than one performance. For a schedule of dates or to inquire about the project, contact Ryan Collins at 530-583-1066 or e-mail

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