“Our goal is for these children to become instruments of peace."
Family, Friends and Musical Advocates!
For over 15 years the Shropshire Music Foundation has fostered ethnic tolerance and promoted peace for nearly 10,000 war-affected children and adolescents through the establishment of on-going music education and performance programs in Kosovo, Uganda, Northern Ireland, and Syria.
Inspired by Shropshire's work, I've been dedicated to raising awareness and funds in past years. Several years ago I organized the Instruments of Peace Benefit Concert and Art Auction which raised nearly $3000 and brought together various art forms and performing arts organizations in the St. Louis community. I've also participated in their Practice for Peace campaign with students and faculty across the globe.
Contributions made to foundations that work to redress psychosocial trauma and advance emotional health by use of the performing arts do have a notable impact. This global awareness occurring domestically and internationally influences and inspires me as a performer.