I have been a leader on the Creative Connections project since its inception in 2009. Creative Connections is an international organization that provides unique opportunities to creatively explore and express stories, ideas and emotions through music. Community is celebrated and given a voice through meaningful connections between people, organizations and a new relationship with art and music. Creative Connections emphasizes the creation and performance of music as something that all people can access, and offers shared experiences through which individuals, diverse communities, and culture can strengthen and expand. We work in schools across Baltimore, building bridges between schools and communities and creating new music together with the students (ages 5-18). We also mentor students from the Peabody Conservatory, helping them to lead the creative music process and discover their own creative voice.