This is the first installment of a new series that will highlight the Music for All staff members who work behind-the-scenes to make all of the positively life-changing experiences happen! Get to know each of our amazing staff members, as we learn more about who they are and what they do at Music for All. A new post will be featured every week!

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Hometown: Bronson, Michigan

How long have you been with Music for All?
Since August of 2012

What is your favorite event at Music for All and why?
Summer Symposium, hands down is my favorite event. As a staff member, I’m able to see the transformation and change in the participants as the week progresses. I can see the difference in their confidence level and know that the friends they’re making will be life-long; it’s a truly magical thing to be able to witness.

What has been your favorite part of working at Music for All?
Having the opportunity to work in an organization that is so mission driven is incredibly rewarding, but being able to work with people who believe wholeheartedly in what they do is equally incredible.

What is your musical background?
I started playing clarinet in the 5th grade and was involved in choir from 7th to 9th grade. My senior year of high school, I was nominated to become the first drum major that the band had had in quite some time. I went to university at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, MI for Music Industry Management, so went more to the business side of the industry rather than the performing side. I was involved in the Music Industry Management Association (Get it? Got it! Good!) which is a model music production company for the MIM students, and learned a great deal about the ins and outs of the music industry.

One thing you couldn’t live without?
I definitely couldn’t live without my family and friends.

What kind of music do you listen to?
Everything! I secretly love answering this question because I get the opportunity to possibly introduce folks to new music! Currently on repeat is Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, but some other artists I enjoy listening to are City and Colour, Paramore, Taking Back Sunday, Have Mercy, Weezer, Real Friends, Adele, James Bay, The Color Morale and many more.

What are you currently reading?
Sickened by Julie Gregory

Do you have a favorite quote?
“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.” – William Shakespeare

What’s a show you’ve binge watched recently?
The OA

Favorite movie not many people have seen?
Across the Universe

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