Judy Halpin

Shortly after moving to Naples, I was asked to serve as a Board member of the Naples Music Club. My mother in-law and her husband (Peg and Henry Haegg) had been longtime life members and contributors to the organization, and they both encouraged me to say yes. In the beginning I wasn’t so sure I had made the right decision and felt like a fish out of water being surrounded by so many talented musicians. It didn’t take long for me to find my place, though, and I must say it’s been a wonderful experience. I am so glad I said yes. I think I have served as chairman of almost every committee and am presently the Treasurer.  All you really have to do is participate in one Scholarship Competition and Winner’s Recital and you are hooked.

I did begin taking piano lessons at age 6 and took for about 12 years. Like so many other musicians, I found my life full of other endeavors and so ended the dream my parents had of my becoming a piano teacher. Somewhere along the way, I gave my old Betsy Ross Spinet to a neighbor with a young child who loved to come over and listen when I played. I often wonder where that child is today and if my gift made a difference in her life. Some 40 years later my father-in-law gave me one of Peg’s Baby Grands, and it is my pride and joy. Peg was such a talented musician and loved helping children and listening to them perform. In her memory our family has donated funds for a scholarship that is awarded annually to a young Jr. High student who has never had the opportunity to take private lessons. It’s called the “Haegg Opportunity Award,” and its first recipient is in her second year of lessons and doing very well.

Most of my life was spent as a full time wife and mother. When my children went away to college, I did get back into the work world for about 15 years.  I was the Accounting Manager and Systems Coordinator for The Evening Post Publishing Company in Charleston, South Carolina.  In addition, I have served as President of the Florence Crittenton Jr. Board and a member of The Junior League in Atlanta, Georgia.  Most recently I have become a volunteer at Joanne’s House in Bonita Springs.