According to an Independent Musician


The story of two best friends and unemployed cruise ship workers living in a van during one of the most chaotic times in American history.


#MusicWithAPurpose is a series dedicated to continuing the conversation surrounding music education and expression, both pre and post COVID. Today’s interview features Philip Shoultz, Associate Conductor and Director of Learning and Engagement for VocalEssence — a 52 year old performing arts organization based in the Twin Cities. Shoultz discusses the power of community, music and creativity in times of crisis.

PHOTO CREDIT LAURA ALPIZAR

#MusicWithAPurpose is a series dedicated to continuing the conversation surrounding music education and expression, both pre and post COVID. Today’s interview features Olivia Marques, a 22 year-old graduate of Bridgewater State University, where she studied theatre education, secondary education and musical theatre performance. She is starting her first year within the New Bedford public school district as a building-based substitute at Normandin Middle School.


Business meetings, classrooms, and concerts have all transitioned to Zoom. Now, beauty pageants are going online, too.

Definitely the only pageant I’ve ever competed in without shoes




While the current pandemic may raise larger, existential questions about life and meaning, mental health professionals recommend holding off on any big moves until things have “cooled down”

Photo by Alexandre Chambon on Unsplash


Life in the Time of Coronavirus

The latest in our series about how this pandemic affects our lives, our loved ones, our work, and our way of life

Photo illustration. Image sources: David Sacks/Getty Images, 4x-image/Getty Images.

Alissa Musto

Pianist. Songwriter. Music education advocate. Miss World America Massachusetts. IG: @alissamustomusic

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