Over 400 Volunteer Hours!
Thanks to Nathan Tan, one of Ragazzi’s high school singers who is also a Boy Scout, we now have a gorgeous newly renovated music theory room! Nathan saw that the music theory room was run-down and uninspiring and since Ragazzi’s younger singers spend a significant amount of time learning music theory in that room, he thought that a more appealing environment would help inspire them. As his Eagle Scout project, Nathan undertook to revamp the music theory room by applying fresh paint to the entire room, painting an accent wall with a mural of the Ragazzi logo and painting a magnetic chalkboard in the back wall, which beckons young singers to explore artistic expression by doodling and drawing. Nathan also installed a new thermostat, window shades and dimmable LED ceiling fixtures, and finally installed brand new carpeting with extra financial contributions from some generous Ragazzi donors.
In his own words, “I sought a project for an organization I cared for … The aim of this project is to help the younger boys just starting in Ragazzi. Music theory is a very important discipline for understanding and performing advanced choral music … Having spent countless hours in this room myself, I believe that a … visually appealing environment could provide some inspiration for restless boys aged 7-12.”
Nathan also inspired the help of many others to complete such a large project, including those who donated extra for carpet, which was initially outside the scope of the project. Very mindful of how busy the theory room is during the school year, the renovation was done over the summer—in spite of the fact that Nathan himself attended Ragazzi’s summer camp and tour! As this young man’s mother, Jane Tan, recounts “[It was] a project that required over 400 volunteer hours. Timing was of the utmost importance. He recruited fellow scouts from his patrol for the physical labor, family with artistic skills for the design and painting of the magnetic chalkboard and mural, and scout leader for electrical wiring and installation of lights. He even asked his grandparents from Malaysia (who are approaching their 80s) to come visit in order to help him with his project.”
Ragazzi thanks the entire Tan family, Ragazzi donors and the Boy Scout community for organizing and carrying out this project. We are so grateful to Nathan for creating this legacy, which benefits current and future choristers by improving our theory room. You are an inspiration!