Making Music | Making a Difference
The spirit of Hildegard is beautifully exemplified through the musical talent and volunteerism of Jameson Varpness Leftridge, who since 2013, has led an effort to enrich the lives of the homeless as part of Hildegard’s “Art in Non-Traditional Spaces” initiative called “It’s Original | Community Enrichment”. Jameson enlisted a team of pianists from the University of Nebraska Music Teachers National Association Collegiate Chapter to join him in providing music enrichment during the evening meals at Matt Talbot Kitchen and Outreach. For the entire 2013-2014 academic year, they offered “live” music to guests during the first and third Mondays and second and fourth Tuesdays of each month.
Volunteer of the Year | Lincoln Homeless Coalition
Jameson continues to share his gift of music for the homeless at MTKO and in November 2014 was awarded “Volunteer of the Year” from the Lincoln Homeless Coalition. Hildegard Center for the Arts also awarded Jameson with a “Hildie” for his selfless contribution to outreach and lift the human spirit through his leadership and music.
Participating MNTA members included:
Emily Callahan, Jelena Ducik, Kathleen Griffith, Janka Krajciova, Rebeca Ordóñez-Rodríguez, Jensin Roberts, Sadie Thomassen, Jameson Varpness Leftridge and Dr. Brenda Wristen (UNL MTNA Advisor.
The piano at MTKO was donated “new” in 2011 with proceeds raised from the fundraiser “ Tea With Pippa” organized by Hildegard Center for the Arts. Sponsors for the event included Glass of Edge of Lincoln and Dietze Music House. Since then, HCFA has been seeking engagement from the community to make music art enrichment a possibility at the facility.