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Bailey Spiteri

14th June 2021

Although our iconic friendship began years before the pandemic… our project, Creative Baggage, is a pandemic baby! Serena and I met in 2017 during our freshman year of college at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. We both were flute students in the studio of Mimi Stillman. When COVID-19 hit, Serena was about to present her senior […]

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Barry Kerollis

7th June 2021

On February 16, 2020, I realized a longtime dream to launch a dance company in New York City. The debut production for Movement Headquarters Ballet Company was one of the most rewarding and terrifying experiences of my career. As we bathed in the afterglow of two successful performances at the Ailey Citigroup Theater in midtown […]

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John Littlejohn

31st May 2021

Prior to this pandemic my multi-faceted career required face-to-face interaction on a daily basis. As a touring musician with Infinitus, the beatboxing string trio, we were performing around 150 live shows a year and were just starting to branch into international tours. I was also teaching violin lessons 3 days a week and serving as […]

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Isabel Dobarro

24th May 2021

I feel very proud of all the artistic community. In these very difficult times, we have shown an extraordinary resilience. Not being able to share music with audiences, communicate emotions and values through our art is extremely painful. Yet, this period, has been quite revealing for me. I have seen how in the hardest moments […]

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Delandria Mills

17th May 2021

I was born and raised in Houston, Texas. I have been residing in Baltimore, Maryland since graduate school at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins where I now teach in the Preparatory Department. Before the pandemic, and a lot like now, I had a very extensive teaching schedule for Baltimore City Public Schools but also […]

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Gabriel Gordon

10th May 2021

Taking a pause can be good. I don’t mean taking a break, although that is also necessary in order to do your best work. I mean pause as in, “to consider”, or “to take a step back” in order to improve or even change the way you see and do things. It can be stressful […]

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Jean-Pierre Schmitt

3rd May 2021

My name is Jean-Pierre Schmitt, conductor and Artistic Director of The Classical Saxophone Project. I was formally the Director of The French-American School of Music, located in New York, which I founded in 1992 with the idea of teaching music using French methods with an emphasis on French music. In the beginning we did not […]

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Lisa Liu

26th April 2021

The pandemic has been surreal and somewhat magical. I live in a bubble within Los Angeles, Playa Vista, that makes me feel like I’m in “The Truman Show” whenever I step outside. You still see neighbours gleefully pushing strollers and walking their dogs, children playing in the parks, locals meeting for happy hour, so it’s […]

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Yağız Oral

19th April 2021

Yağız Oral is an orchestral conductor and film composer based in Turkey. When the pandemic began to show its effects around the world, one of the groups of people that received the greatest blow were artists. In this sense, the first problem I encountered was the cancellation of my concerts with the orchestra I conducted. […]

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