Janet Clark, far right in back row, for whom a march was written, takes part in the Cumberland Crossings Ukulele Club. Front, l-r, are Marianne Essl, Don Bletz, John Nystrom, and Ann Whitesel; back, l-r, are Dr. Craig Jurgensen, who teaches the class; Tom Wilborn; Jan Bigelow, village executive director; and Clark.

Resident’s musical contributions honored with original score

Carlisle, Pa. Tuesday November 26, 2013

The residents of Cumberland Crossings, a Diakon Senior Living Community in Carlisle, Pa., have long enjoyed the musical contributions of their own Janet Clark, so when the opportunity to honor her presented itself, one resident jumped at the chance.

“When it was rumored that a member of the Greater Harrisburg Concert Band was looking for a commission for an ‘upbeat, toe-tapper American-style march with flowing, nostalgic melodies over traditional march rhythms,’ it fairly shouted the name Janet Clark,” says the resident, who wishes to remain anonymous.

“Those of us who have enjoyed her efforts over a period of years feel inadequate to thank her for all she has done for us.  It seemed to me that the most fitting thank-you would be in the form of something she truly loves—music!”

'This will be a gift that will keep on giving!'

Therefore, in late summer, the concert band debuted the “Cumberland Crossing March” during its annual performance on the senior living campus. The composer presented Clark with a copy of the music following the show.

In this photograph that appeared in the August 2013 eDiakonnect, Janet Clark, left, receives the commission for the march, given by an anonymous donor in her honor, from composer Dr. Michael A. Harcrow, second from left. Dr. William Stowman, conductor, and Jan Bigelow, Cumberland Crossings executive director, look on.

In this photograph that appeared in the August 2013 eDiakonnect, Janet Clark, left, receives the commission for the march, given by an anonymous donor in her honor, from composer Dr. Michael A. Harcrow, second from left. Dr. William Stowman, conductor, and Jan Bigelow, Cumberland Crossings executive director, look on.

 

The honor is not only appropriate, but also well-deserved, says Jan Bigelow, Cumberland Crossings’ executive director. “Since Janet created the College of the Arts at Cumberland Crossings a few years ago, she has produced a resident choir, a resident bell choir, and numerous plays, as well as performances at memorial services and holiday concerts.”

With that in mind, Bigelow has encouraged Clark to adapt the selection for the hand bell and resident choirs and put lyrics to the music—a request the resident donor wholeheartedly endorses.

“It appears that this will be a gift that keeps on giving—to everyone at Cumberland Crossings” and the wider community, she says.

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