Class Act: Student works as therapeutic violist

CANTON, MA (WHDH) - Noah Simms does not use his free time like many teenagers.

When he is not studying to be a nurse, Simms plays the viola as a form of therapy for those living at the Orchard Cove Independent Living community.

Those living in the facility say they love hearing him play the instrument, and Simms said they give something to him in return.

“We talk a lot about the memories that they’ve had, and I think they kind of get the sense that it’s impacting me, because I’m so young,” Simms said. “So that gives them a huge sense of purpose.”

Simms, who has been playing the viola since age four, also studies nursing at Blue Hills Technical Regional High School in Canton.

“Noah is compassionate, he enriches our lives everytime he comes,” said Allison Karsay, the Orchard Cove Activities Director. “He gets into what their passion is.”

In addition to his work at the living community, Simms runs a small business as a therapeutic violist, making the rounds at several living places.