On perfectionism & being a woman of color in classical music
My presentation, "Poems in Practice Rooms," combines flute performance with creative writing to express my journey as a classical musician in college.
In college, I wrestled with the question: How do I build a relationship with my art form in which (1) imperfection doesn't invalidate my commitment to growth, and (2) my cultural identity isn't at odds with the Western tradition I perpetuate with my body?
In being vulnerable about my relationship with music, "Poems in Practice Rooms" invites audiences to reflect on the place of diversity in the arts & their own relationships with creative expression.
Thanks to Monique Mead, I have given this presentation for the Osher Institute of Lifelong Learning and Chamber Music Pittsburgh at Carnegie Music Hall.
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To build upon this project, I developed a workshop on creative expression & musical storytelling and created a short film version for my senior capstone.