How did you first get interested in music?
I began studying music on the piano at age seven. I fell in love with both learning and improvising right away. After a few years I insisted on learning new instruments like the viola and electric guitar, too.
How did you first get involved in Hopewell? Why?
Brianna Farah, our Executive Director, was a
What is your favorite "Hopewell" memory?
My fondest memory so far is sitting in playing viola with the various orchestras at Hopewell. In one ensemble we had an age span of probably 45 years and widely varying skill levels, but we were all there making music together.
Why do you think music education important?
For me, it goes beyond music. Art is incredibly important to our society. Progress is tied to creative thinking and studying the fine arts pairs that creativity with discipline. For me personally, art is a form of intimate communication that can't be achieved through plain speech. Creative choices reflect the absolute essence of an artist, of a person.
What do you see that Hopewell offers beyond music education?
Hopewell Music is a glowing example of how art education fosters an accepting, energetic, and uplifting social environment. People of all ages and walks of life come together for this common interest, finding ways to work collectively to share, inspire, and educate.
What do you think is the most important thing the community can do for Hopewell right now?
Our community is so supportive, I think they could continue to tell people about Hopewell and the positive ways that it has affected them and the community overall. The other thing would be to bring their musical wants and needs to our attention - we want to do something about them!
Why do you work at Hopewell Music, when you could potentially get paid so much more elsewhere?
When I'm done working every day, I know that I have put some amount of goodness into this world. That's much more important to me than money.