Sr Dorothy's Musical Ministry
Sister Dorothy Dolahenty’s decision to discontinue teaching the piano this year came after nearly sixty years of introducing countless numbers of children and adults to the joys of making music. Sr Dorothy’s expertise has not been limited to teaching the skills of playing the piano as she has taught the violin as well.
Though her teaching days are over she continues to offer her musical talents to the people of Muswellbrook, playing in the local Aged Care facilities, at Senior Citizens’ gatherings as well as playing the organ at St James’ Church. She is often requested to play at services in other churches in the area when they are in need of an organist. Each week she visits St James primary school to keep in touch with the staff, students and parents.
Sr Dorothy comes from a well-known family in Muswellbrook and after teaching in many places throughout the Hunter Valley and in Summer Hill in Sydney she returned to live and teach in her home town in the 1990s. For her own enjoyment she learned to play the cello and became a member of the Upper Hunter Orchestra.
The local newspaper, The Muswellbrook Chronicle recently published an article about Sr Dorothy hanging up the keys. You can read more about her life-long love of music and her desire to share that love with others by clicking on this link.
Sr Dorothy has seen her years of music teaching as a ministry - one that can help people to know something of the beauty of the Creator. As a Sister of St Joseph she has been conscious of these words of Father Julian Tenison Woods who with St Mary MacKillop founded the congregation:
Music elevates the mind and enables it to form grander conceptions of God and holy things. 1881