The Music and the Mind honors group at Loras College recently moved two donated pianos into Rohlman and Beckman Halls and will be hosting celebratory “Nights of Music” to showcase the new pianos with performances by Loras faculty and students. The first “Night of Music” will be in Rohlman Hall on Sunday, April 7th at 5:30 PM, and the second in Beckman Hall on Wednesday, April 24th at 6:00 PM.
The Music and the Mind honors group has been working to make new informal music opportunities possible in the residence halls on central campus for students with or without musical background. Music has been found to reduce stress, and students at Loras College agreed through survey results that music is an outlet they turn to in order to take a break from the stresses of college.
For Loras College seniors Blake Derby, Riley O’Brien, and Lauren Bollweg, this has been three year project involving research, grant-writing, and engagement with the surrounding community. Bollweg stated: “I loved living in community in the residence halls, but many times I needed a study break and just wanted to play the piano. It’s been so exciting to see our project evolve into something that I would have really enjoyed and I hope future students will appreciate it as well.”
The group will be purchasing more instruments for the residence halls, such as guitars and ukuleles, to provide a variety of options for students to de-stress.
For more details about the project and these events, contact Lauren Bollweg at Lauren.Bollweg@Loras.edu.