How did you first get interested in music?
My mother and father are both clarinetists, so the very first instrument I played was the clarinet, followed soon after by the piano. I loved using the piano to express my feelings.
How did you first get involved in Hopewell? Why? Brianna [Executive Director] and I are section leaders together in a local church choir, and I have spent several years hearing about all the wonderful things happening at Hopewell. After I had my second son, I decided it was time for me to hop on board! I love the idea of giving opportunities to people who might not otherwise have them.
Why do you think music education important? Music education teaches self-discipline, accountability, self-expression, and creativity. Those lessons extend far beyond music, and benefit every other subject, and even make us better citizens of the world!
What do you see that Hopewell offers beyond music education? Hopewell offers hope! Hopewell tells people that you matter, no matter where you come from or what circumstances you face. Hopewell instills in students a belief that they are deserving of high-quality education, and they can achieve their goals.
What do you think is the most important thing the community can do for Hopewell right now?
Show support! Come to concerts, host fundraisers, suggest outreach opportunities, volunteer time and resources. Most importantly, show that the organization is appreciated and welcome in your community.
Why do you work at Hopewell Music for $15/hr, when you could potentially get paid so much more elsewhere?
Hopewell is very special in that it is a non-profit, and their mission reaches so far beyond teaching lessons. I chose to work for Hopewell because I want to be part of something bigger than I can accomplish on my own.
How are you involved with Hopewell Music?
I am a voice teacher.