The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

June 19, 2013

Readers' Forum 6-19 | Musical initiative strikes a chord


Submitted by Readers

JOHNSTOWN — A big round of applause for the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra and its associates for sponsorship of the Share-the-Music Initiative.

Preserving and reusing musical instruments, which are among the finest of human creations, is a worthwhile project indeed. The world would be much better place if we introduced musical instruments to our children instead of, say, firearms.

I am donating a flute and a piccolo to the effort. The instruments belonged to my late sister, Melanie Mosorjak. Her instruments have a history. She was a member of the Greater Johnstown High School Trojans Marching Band, which played an important role in the film “Slap Shot.”

Melanie and her flute can be seen, and will be forever immortalized, in the shot of the band, in the center of the picture, during the grand finale hockey game/brawl/strip tease.

She is recognizable, for a moment, by her long, brown hair and the horizontal, slightly pitched position of her flute.

Her teacher was Jessalyn Zimmerman of Southmont who was, I believe, a flautist for the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra.

This donation will continue the history, and life, of musical instruments that are reminiscent of the story of the highly commendable film “The Red Violin.”

I hope that for whoever inherits the flute, it will be, indeed, a magic flute.

Michael M. Mosorjak

Johnstown