Starting Hopewell is the fulfillment of a lifetime dream. I grew up in Milwaukee in a neighborhood very similar to North Minneapolis. Participating in music activities allowed me to see a side of the world that was closed off to my peers. As a low-income student who was always on scholarships, getting to play in orchestras and meet people in the middle-class was an opportunity that I would have never otherwise had. In high school I realized what a rare gift I was given and it became my dream to create a school like Hopewell to keep passing that gift on to others.
I am moved every day by the volunteers, staff and families that work so hard to make Hopewell happen. It is a moving experience to see Hopewell growing and becoming so much more than I ever imagined and that is because of such overwhelming support. I frequently feel like Tom Sawyer whitewashing the fence, convincing everyone that hard work is fun!
Music education does so much! It builds tenacity, attention to detail, patience and courage. These things lead to confidence and are skills that lead to success in all fields. The process of learning new music, working to new levels of subtlety in practice and performance through physical awareness is still a challenge, but I love it!
The great thing about Hopewell is that we are working to build community through participation in music. We get to meet people from all ages and all walks of life and create great music together. By design we are working to bring people into the international community of musicians and the culture of the musical world.
Everyone keep sharing your time, talents and dollars. Keep spreading the word!
I grew up poor and living low-income is what I know! I'm doing work that I love so I don't mind scraping by. I'd much rather work for Hopewell and live lean, than work in a job that I hate to have a well-padded bank account!