Harmonies for the Elderly

Harmonies for the Elderly

Deepa Rajan

Deepa Rajan, a violinist, is the founder and president of "Harmonies for the Elderly". She was a member of the Texas All-State Orchestra in 2012, 2013, and 2014 and is a seven-time member of the All-Region Orchestra (she was the concertmaster in 2009 and 2012). In 2010, Deepa was the concertmaster of the Texas Music Educators' Association (TMEA) Middle School String Honor Orchestra and in 2013 was a first violinist in the TMEA High School String Honor Orchestra . She won the 2010 String Project Concerto Competition and was a finalist in the 2013 Pearl Amster Concerto Competition and the 2013 and 2014 Juanita Miller Concerto Competitions. Deepa recently won 3rd place in the 2014 Young Musician's Festival held at the Asian American Culture Center in Austin, TX. Deepa is also a three-time gold medalist at the Texas State Solo and Ensemble Competition. After a decade of performing with her violin, she is continuing her passion for music as a member of the Westwood High School Symphony Orchestra. 

Naveen Rajan

Naveen Rajan, a violinist, placed in the top five chairs in the 2011 and 2012 Middle School All-Region Orchestra ( Concertmaster for 2012).  During his six years of playing violin, he has been invited several times by the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music to perform solos at the Bass Concert Hall. Naveen is continuing his passion for music as a member of the Canyon Vista Middle School Honors Orchestra. 

Victoria Fung

Victoria Fung is one of the organization's original members. She is a current senior at Westwood High School and plays the piano and cello. Throughout middle and high school, she made the TMEA All-Region orchestra three times. She also played as part of her school's TMEA Honor Orchestra. Additionally, she received highest rating "outstanding" at the UIL TSSEC contest. After more than a decade of music performance, she continues her passion as an active member of "Harmonies for the Elderly.

Gracie Sills

Gracie Sills is one of the organization’s original members and the sole double bassist to date.  Throughout middle and high school, she has made the TMEA All Region Orchestra five times, claiming first chair in 8th, 9th, and 10th grades.  She has also performed on two occasions as part of her school’s String Honor Orchestra at the annual TMEA convention in San Antonio.  In December of 2012, Sills was one of nine string players who traveled to Chicago with Westwood’s Percussion Ensemble for the International Midwest Clinic.  Additionally, she has performed with the Austin Symphony for their 2010 Christmas concert and, in 2011, alongside the Eggmen, a well-known Beatles tribute band.  Besides playing bass, Sills contributes to Harmonies for the Elderly with guitar and vocals.  An avid songwriter, she effectively summed up her reasons for participating in nursing home concerts with this lyric: “‘Cause everybody knows that when songs come, sadness goes”.

Eley Ng

Eley began playing the violin at age 7 in the UT String Project program, in which she participated for 7 years. She has also played in the Region 26 orchestra for 6 years and is a member of the Westwood High School Symphony Orchestra. Eley hopes to enhance her musical experience by playing with others to bring happiness to the elderly.

Evonne Ng

Evonne has been playing the violin for 7 years. When she first started, she joined Longhorn String Project for 3 years. In addition to being a member of the Westwood High School Orchestra, she has also been a member of Region orchestra for 3 consecutive years. Evonne enjoys volunteering and spreading music in her free time.

Dolores Derksen

Stephen Chao

David Dam

David Dam, a student at Westwood High School, started playing small hand-held musical instruments and the piano at age five. After stumbling upon “Harmonies for the Elderly”, David now finds himself as part of the group. He hopes to bring happiness to the elderly and continuing his musical career by singing and using small percussion instruments.

Alejandro Sills

Neethi Nayak

Emily Johns

Jasmine Bell

Priya Mehta

Priya is currently a junior in Westwood High School. She has played the violin for 7 years, the dholak and tabla (Indian drums) for 5 years, as well as the harmonium for 6 years. Priya has been a part of the UT String Project for 7 years, as well as the school orchestra. Her other interests include horseback riding, Indian classical dancing, and being part of the Westwood JV dance team and Westwood Colorguard.