My passion and desire to bring music and peacebuilding together started on my cross cultural (study abroad) in the Middle East in 2010. I was interested in how music was used within the conflict between Israel and Palestine.
This led to my doctoral research on how certain music organizations were using ensemble music, education, and group song writing as a means to create common ground on which productive and meaningful dialogue could take place. This dialogue could lead to increased empathy, understanding, and eventual conflict transformation.
After becoming assistant professor of music at Eastern Mennonite University, I designed and submitted a new major for approval in the music department, called Music and Peacebuilding. This first undergraduate major of its kind in the US was quickly approved and has had students each year since its inception.
Other events I have led that relate to the field of Music and Peacebuilding include:
Several colloquia for our music majors
Professional development training with Lancaster Mennonite Schools Music Teachers
Deep Listening event with Fifth House Ensemble
Pacifist Masterwork with the EMU Orchestra and Choir, Vaughan William's Dona Nobis Pacem
Upcoming concerts and events as well
If interested in learning more, contact me through this website.
Beyond my doctoral work, I have been trained through Musicians Without Borders Leaders Level 1 as well as the Rensselaer Institute's Deep Listening Training Level 1.