Photo: Anna Wu
Five years ago today, I decided to put a performing career on hold to chase something that I’d grown more passionate about. After spending more than 15 years of my life honing my craft as an orchestral and jazz trumpeter, the sudden change of heart in my final year of college left me devastated and in serious doubt. The doubt was not about my ability to continue to rise to the top of my field, but I was losing faith in the ability of my colleagues and major arts organizations to do more to make the art form accessible to children from disenfranchised communities...
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Stanford Thompson, Sistema Fellow '10