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Isabella Markham Brings Senior Citizens a “Bellapalooza” of Music

14 year-old violist and From the Top alum Isabella "Bella" Markham demonstrated great leadership through music by organizing a small concert series for a retirement center with the help of her brother and seven friends. 


What: "Bella Palooza" was a musical performance at the El Dorado; an independent retirement home located in Richardson, TX. The program included works for cello, violin, viola, and piano.

When: March 7, 2010

How: Bella first sought out an appropriate venue for the series - the El Dorado Dining Hall provided the perfect opportunity. She then recruited the help of seven musical colleagues and designed the concert program. Bella approached a neighboring Starbucks to donate coffee and she herself baked several batches of cookies for a small reception following the performance. A talented artist as well as a musician, Bella created beautiful, hand-drawn flyers to promote the event.

Bella says, “I strongly believe that our culture tends to forget about the elderly and aging. A lot of these people are lonely and they don’t get enough love. Everyone needs someone to look forward to, and I think music makes a person’s heart happy. The experience was so inspiring and enriching! I would definitely love to do something like this again.

"No matter who you are or what you do, music can connect and communicate to anyone! In my opinion, music truly is a wonder to the universe."

READ MORE by downloading the full story and a Q&A with Bella.