Reaching Common Ground

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There’s a terrific article by Barry Courter in the 4/8/18 edition of the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Courter followed the musicians from Arts Capacity on their most recent program bringing live music to inmates at Georgia’s Walker State Prison. The result is a wonderfully detailed account of the program along with direct feedback from inmates attending the program. I was planning on writing something about the program as the promised follow up to …

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Helping People In Need Through The Power Of Art, Culture, Communication, And Music

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Have you ever taken the time to think about how the tenets of Improv intersect with a nonprofit arts organization’s mission? I can only speak for myself and to that end, I can certainly say “no.” But it turns out, the two are closely related. Recently, violinist Holly Mulcahy published an article at Neo Classical that takes a deep dive into how the Improv concept of Yes, And helped shape the …

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All The Good That Comes From Letting Go Of Control

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If you’ve been searching for something to share with donors, board members, and patrons about the value of classical music, look no further than a program started by Chattanooga Symphony Concertmaster Holly Mulcahy that brings classical music to prisoners. Whatever you think a program like this might entail, do yourself a favor and put that out of your head. Full disclosure mode: Holly is my wife but my role in her …

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Hope & Love

If you’re looking for a meaningful way to spend a holiday Monday, I highly recommend reading the latest installment in a series of articles from Chattanooga Symphony & Opera concertmaster Holly Mulcahy about a program she started to bring classical music into a prison. She wanted to see if the music could heal, change lives, and inspire; to that end, the latest article goes a long way toward demonstrating the inherent …

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Friday Inspiration: “What Prisoners Taught Me About Music Appreciation”

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Back in February, 2016 Chattanooga Symphony & Opera concertmaster Holly Mulcahy published the first article in what ended up becoming a series at Neo Classical about a program she started to bring classical music into a prison. She wanted to see if the music could heal, change lives, and inspire. She partnered with Alan Bonderud and Steve Hawkins, both of whom serve as mentors at Walker State Faith and Character Based …

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