"Trauma and Triumph" Goes to IU

"Trauma and Triumph" is finally complete. . . for now! On April 23rd, I performed this special recital project for the second time alongside the incredible Daniel Inamorato dos Santos on the stage of Auer Hall at Indiana University.

Daniel and I backstage before we began our recital!

The event was absolutely beautiful. So many of my close friends had the opportunity to come and support me and the recital. My colleagues in the horn studio were able to celebrate this milestone with me. My professor, Jeff Nelsen, was able to see the capstone project of one of his students. Most importantly, I got to advocate for survivors of sexual assault in a way that reached people and connected people to resources.

We had two organizations provide information, pamphlets, fliers, buttons, and stickers: the Indiana University Counseling and Psychological Services, and the Middleway House. Both of these organizations do so much for the IU campus and Bloomington community when it comes to supporting survivors, and I was honored to have their presence at my recital.

Afterwards, I reflected on the whole experience, and I came to the realization that this recital was hands-down the most meaningful products I have ever created with my horn. The connection I felt to the audience, whether they filled seats in Auer Hall or tuned in from afar, surpassed any previous recital or performance experience. The collaboration among the incredible musicians I got to work with (a huge thank you to Nancy and Daniel - you all are the absolute best), the local organizations participating in the event, and the media outlets gave me hope that society really is starting to turn a corner and support survivors, at least at the local level. There is still so much work left to do, but this experience has filled me with faith that together, we will end this epidemic of sexual violence.

On another note, I am indescribably thankful for the amazing tutelage of Jeff Nelsen, the incredible support of the IU Horns, and the community of friends and loved ones I found while at IU. It is bittersweet to leave, but I am so proud of this degree, and this recital was the perfect capstone to summarize my experience in the Jacobs School of Music.

Until next time, Bloomington!

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