How does music help you find joy? This series of videos from The Connected Musician highlights some of the different paths to feeling inspired and finding purpose in careers in music. Hear from ten Ensemble Connect alums as they share insights and advice from their own personal journeys, exploring themes of collaboration, meaningful musical moments, building community, finding balance, and staying inspired. The full playlist is also available on YouTube.
Joy in Activating Creativity
Trumpeter and teaching artist Paul Murphy reflects on how his career bridges performance and music education, and the ways he finds joy in activating creativity in others.
Joy in Celebrating Community
Flutist Jacqueline Cordova-Arrington talks about the value of creating and celebrating community, and building a musical career that reflects your individual strengths.
Joy in Finding Balance
Percussionist David Skidmore speaks about the importance of finding balance when your passion becomes your career.
Joy in Collaboration
Cellist Hannah Collins reflects on inspirational moments in her career that have stemmed from collaboration and bringing new music to life.
Joy in Moments of Shared Humanity
Cellist Claire Bryant reflects on the power of music to elicit strong emotions and spark moments of shared humanity between performers and audiences.
Joy in Being a Creator
Violist Nathan Schram discusses his multifaceted career, including founding Musicambia, and the joy in creating your own musical voice.
Joy in Finding Your People
Cellist Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir talks about drawing inspiration from the people and communities around her in her performance career.
Joy in Performing Outside the Concert Hall
Pianist Alexandria Le describes meaningful musical experiences outside of traditional concert halls and how that inspired her to found her own nonprofit organization, Notes with a Purpose.
Joy in Being a Citizen Artist
Violinist Clara Lyon describes how her career allows her to showcase her values and views on what art can contribute to society.
Joy in Searching for Meaning
Violinist Anna Elashvilli speaks about the emotional power of music, and how searching for meaning in performance can help musicians grow.