Troy Mayor Jason Reeves proclaims National Music Week in Troy
Troy Mayor Jason A. Reeves signed a proclamation Monday declaring the week of May 3-10, 2015 National Music Week in Troy, encouraging all citizens to take part in activities and events that recognize the importance of music, musicians and musical organizations to the cultural enrichment of daily life.
Lyra Crapps, chair of Troy Music Study Club’s National Music Week committee, and Dr. William Denison, club choral director, were present for the signing of the proclamation.
“Music plays an important role in the world today,” Reeves said. “Music is the language of all people and one of the greatest forces in creating peace and harmony.”
Reeves recognized the Troy Music Study Club for its dedication to encouraging young musicians, increasing musical knowledge, advancing American music and directing attention on the dynamic influence of music on everyday life.
The Troy Music Study Club was founded in 1905 and is one of the oldest federated clubs in the state. The club is affiliated with the Alabama Federation of Music Clubs and the National Federation of Music Clubs.
“The theme of the National Federation of Music Clubs is ‘All who listened understood,’” Crapps said. “The Alabama theme is ‘Music enriches, energizes and inspires all people.’ The motto of the Troy Music Study Club is “Work for great things, expect great things and great things will come to pass.’”
“The purpose of the 23-member Troy Music Study Club is to support and promote good music in the community and in the schools.”
The club sponsors the annual Founder’s Day concert and other programs that are open to the public, including the Young Artists of Troy.
“Teachers in the area present one or two students to perform in the Young Artists of Troy program,” Crapps said. “The students are all ages. We have pianists, instrumentalists and vocalists all to perform. Our club awards one or more scholarships to outstanding high school seniors in the music field.”
Crapps said the 2015 scholarship recipient is Charles Henderson High School senior Patrick Jackson who plays alto saxophone.
“We appreciate opportunities to invest in the youth of our community who will carry the love of music forward,” Crapps said. “As often as possible, we offer programs to the schools. We are excited to be able to go to Banks School this week and present a musical program of songs from many countries.”
The Troy Music Study Club also presents organ, vocal and instrumental programs and hymn festivals at various times.
The Troy Music Study Club meets monthly September through May except December. The programs cover different topics in music.