Music and Neuroscience major Joanne Kim Awarded a CUSE Grant in support of Service Recital Project

Author: Noelle Elliott

Music and Neuroscience major Joanne Kim, '19, has recently been awarded a grant from Notre Dame's Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement to fund, and thereby enhance, her service recital project. The project aims to bring live classical music to elderly populations with limited exposure to musical performances. Joanne, a piano performance concentrator in the music major at Notre Dame and co-president of the Classical Music Club, began the initiative in the fall of 2016 as a way to provide meaningful performance and service opportunities to Classical Music Club members and student musicians, while also combining her passions for community service and music performance. 

The project consists of four music recitals featuring Notre Dame student musicians at Holy Cross Village, a senior living community on the outskirts of Notre Dame's campus. These performances take place specifically at Dujarie House, a specialized facility housing dementia and rehabilitation patients. As a student of both neuroscience and music, Joanne has a strong interest in the effects of music on those with neurodegenerative and mental disorders and in the field of music cognition as a whole, and hopes that the project will be a step towards future contributions to the field.

The recitals for the project will take place on October 21, December 2, February 24, and March 24. Notre Dame student musicians interested in participating should contact Joanne at