October 21, 2020
Thank you so much for your interest and or participation in my Covid concert series this summer and fall! I was overwhelmed with all of your support and excitement around the project and am so grateful to each one of you! It has now been just about three and a half months since I started this project. In that time I have played thirty-one concerts and gotten to tour the valley as well as perform once via zoom. This project has meant so much to me because I have had a chance to catch up with you all and perform during these isolating, difficult times. Sharing my music allowed me to feel that I had some semblance of power to achieve some good in the face of Covid-19 and I hope the music was able to bring you joy and peace. I also have to say that, having played concerts in thirty different yards, we live in the best concert venue out there!!
I was also overwhelmed with your generosity when it came to donations. My initial goal was to donate at least half to social justice organizations. You all proved to be very excited and generous and so I decided to keep no more than $50 per concert and donate the rest. I also received a $500 match donation from an anonymous donor which allowed us to donate even more! In total we were able to donate about $3,000 to 21 different organizations, both on the local and national level. I loved learning about new organizations you wanted to donate to and want to share the list that we came up with. (See right)
I am currently writing my college applications and was recently answering a question about a topic I am interested in pursuing further. I decided to discuss the intersection between music and social justice. When I started this project, I wrote: "I believe music has the power to not only unite people, but also collectively engage us in support of initiatives and issues that matter." You have proven this thesis. Thank you for sharing your summer with me and for all of your support over the course of my musical journey these last 12 years. My music is definitely shaped by you all and I will forever be in gratitude!
July 5, 2020
With the first new case of coronavirus in the valley after months, I’ve spent the last few days trying to figure out what I, as a young violinist, can do. We are nowhere near done with this and I know that we are all starting to feel a bit lonely and eager for a sense of community. This is why I am starting a covid concert series.
My idea is that you can send a covid concert to your partner, your family members, friends, neighbors; anyone who you think would benefit from a little joy of music. I will come and play a 30 minute concert from outside of that person's home. I will follow all coronavirus precautions and will remain outside, with a mask, and more than 6 feet away. Prior to my arrival I will also check with each recipient of a covid concert that they are comfortable. I’m not charging a fee but if you would like to make a donation it would be greatly appreciated. I will in turn donate half of your donation to a social justice organization. You can choose the organization, or can ask me to. I believe music has the power to not only unite people, but also collectively engage us in support of initiatives and issues that matter.
If you would like to send someone a covid concert fill out the form below and I will get back to you as soon as possible. In the comments section you can write who you would like to send a concert to. I am super excited about this project and can't wait to set up a concert up with you!
31 Concerts - $3,000 donated
Organizations Donated To:
Black Lives Matter
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
Equal Justice Initiative
Black Girls Code
Freedom for Immigrants
Louis Armstrong Foundation
Catalyst Quartet Project Uncovered
Soul Fire Farm
Seattle Clemency Project
Southern Poverty Law Center
Farm to Neighbors (Cove/Methow Conservancy Joint Project)
The Dream Unfinished
Project Music Heals Us