"Trauma and Triumph" Tour Begins

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Silly, Kristen! You thought winter was over?

​What a whirlwind these past few weeks have been! I've performed four concerts with the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic (three were back-to-back children's concerts!), passed my recital hearing at Indiana University, and traveled to Blacksburg to give my very first recital on tour.

Of course, Blacksburg greeted me the only way it knows how. . . with snow and aggressive winds.

But the show must go on! I had the honor of working with the most incredible person and pianist, Nancy Harder. She and I collaborated on both my junior and senior recitals at Virginia Tech, and I was thrilled to have the opportunity to collaborate with her again on this special recital.

The recital took place this past Sunday, April 10th at 1:00 p.m. in the Squires Recital Salon. We had around 40 people in the audience from all walks of life. There were music students, non-music students, faculty, community members, local activists, campus organizations, and even a middle school student! We had many people tune in via live stream, and I received many kind messages from survivors and allies alike through social media. We were also tremendously blessed to have the support of the Women's Resource Center of the New River Valley and Help Save the Next Girl, who brought resources to share before and after the recital. I was also fortunate to be a small part of an interview with Voice of America about the important work that Help Save the Next Girl is doing to engage the community, promote awareness, and affect change.

An officer from Help Save the Next Girl interviews with Voice of America

I am so incredibly grateful for the opportunity to share my story with such a supportive, empathetic, and appreciative audience. No performance I have ever done has meant more to me than this recital, and I am eager to perform it again on April 23rd with Daniel Inamorato (2:00 p.m in Auer Hall at Indiana University). I am hoping to set up a live stream for that event as well, so stay tuned for more information!

With Nancy Harder after our performance at Virginia Tech

I want to leave you with the quote that has inspired me so much from a fellow survivor and a challenge to each and every one of you to be the army of good:

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"Remember, for every person causing pain, there is also an army of people helping to heal and doing good."


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