Notes of Joy is a student-run organization at Johns Creek High School dedicated to spreading the joy of music to those in the Johns Creek area. Browse our website to find out more about us and our upcoming events!
We hope that all of you had a great Thanksgiving and are looking forward to the upcoming winter holidays! Whatever you celebrate, all of us here at Notes of Joy offer you season's greetings.
In fact, we kicked off our holiday season by going over to one of our favorite nursing homes, the Benton House of Johns Creek. The residents are ALWAYS so supportive and kind. You can't ask for much more from an audience! We played a selection of Christmas carols as well as a few classics, such as White Christmas and the Theme from New York, New York.
Our very own Noah Johnson even played a Bach solo for the audience! It was absolutely amazing, and the audience and Notes of Joy members were so impressed!
Enjoying the holiday cheer.
It's hard not to feel the holiday spirit when you're playing Jingle Bells!
Here's a shot of the residents enjoying dinner and a show!
After the performance some of us were still in the mood to continue the music!
We LOVE talking to our friends at the Benton House!!! They are such a joy!!!
They truly bring us so much happiness, and playing for such wonderful people really makes everything so enjoyable. They honestly made our days.
Chatting with a few new faces and many familiar ones.
We always enjoy talking to the lovely people of the Benton House.
They are SO sweet!!
In fact, hearing their feedback is what keeps us going.
A few stragglers post-performance, gathered around the Christmas tree.
From the Notes of Joy Members
*PS- If you're going to be at Johns Creek High School on the morning of Tuesday, December 4, we'll be playing in the front rotunda from 7:50-8:20. Come and check us out if you have time in the morning!
We had tons of fun at the Cohen Home this weekend! The performance started at 2 p.m., and it was a great time for all of us.
Don't our shirts look great?
It was sort of bittersweet, too, for we may not play some of our favorite tunes until next semester! That's because the holidays are fast approaching, so we will be replacing some of our regular pieces with holiday music! We begin rehearsing Christmas and Hanukkah songs this week!
Next time you see us, we'll be playing our favorite holiday songs!
We cannot wait!! We plan to have one of our members lead the senior residents in singing Christmas Carols, like Jingle Bells, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, and even Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah!
This afternoon, we went to Ivy Hall Senior Living for one of our best performances yet!
We also showed off our new "Notes of Joy" t-shirts for the first time! :)
It was also one of our longest performances we've ever had, thanks to all the additions we made to our repertoire. We played three new pieces that the Johns Creek Orchestra will be performing at the International Midwest Clinic in Chicago this December. Such additions included Skip to My Lou, Terra Nova, and an arrangement of The Trout.
We didn't forget about our old favorites like Over the Rainbow, though! In fact, many of the residents sang along to several of the pieces that we performed, such as Over the Rainbow and Georgia on My Mind. We love having an interactive audience!
We especially loved reconnecting with our friends. As much as we love playing music for the residents, getting a chance to connect with them and talk to them is one of the most rewarding effects of Notes of Joy. It's what makes Notes of Joy so special to us.
We'd like to take this time to thank all of our members for dedicating their time to this activity. We know that as high school students, it's very hard to find extra time with so many extra-curriculars and so much homework. It is especially difficult to find time for other people. However, this dedicated group of students continuously choose to spend their weekends helping others in their community, and we commend them for that. Join us in thanking our members whenever you get a chance to see one of them. You can find a list of them under the "Members" tab up top. They truly are a special bunch.
We hope this message finds you well on this fine Monday!
Fall is in the air, and so is the music that Notes of Joy has been playing! This past weekend, we visited the Benton House of Johns Creek. The Benton House was our first performance venue ever, so it holds a special place in our hearts. The residents are always so kind and encouraging. We love getting to visit with them time after time.
Here are some shots of us playing:
As much as we love playing, getting to talk to the residents is always the best part of our day!
Janet entertained a whole group with a great story.
Priscilla's catching up with Ruth, an old friend.
After our performance some of the group went out to eat as a group at Pepperoni's Tavern!
Waiting patiently for our food. We're a hungry bunch!
Gabby, Jenny, Layla, and Mariana were happy that they finally decided what to order.
Daniel, Janet, and Priscilla pose for the camera.
Daniel and Mark shared a plate of 30 wings!
We wish everyone could have come, but unfortunately we are all busy students with countless things to get done everyday. We always seem to find time for music, though.
Have a great week and we hope to see you at our next performance!