About Musicians Dystonia & Injury Live Talk

During the pandemic, many musicians have been stuck indoors. As a result, I noticed their need for expression started growing and soon many where posting videos of performances, zoom meetings, and creative projects on social media.

I thought this was a great opportunity for the music dystonia and injury community to come together and share our journey's in order to raise public awareness within the profession. 
Thus, the live-stream series Musicians Dystonia & Injury Live Talk began in March 2020. This also helped others who are struggling with a disorder or injury participate and engage through the interactive nature of live-stream commenting. 

So far I have interviewed 23 musicians, including health practitioners such as:

 

  • Former NY Philharmonic Principal Tuba player, Current Professor at University of Denver - Warren Deck

  • Former twice Principal Oboe of the Chicago Symphony, and Current Principal of the Calgary Symphony - Alex Klein

  • Legendary horn player and professor of horn at UMKC - Marty Hackleman

  • Professor of Guitar at Manhattan School of Music and prize winning classical guitarist - David Leisner

  • Renown trombonist from the Harry Connick Jr. Band, and owner of Chop Shop - Dion Tucker

  • MET Principal Piccolo player - Stephanie Mortimore

  • Principal Tuba of the Sydney Symphony - Steve Rosse

  • Philadelphia Orchestra horn player and professional - Angela Cordell Bilger

  • Broadway Pianist - Paul Loesel

  • Flautist, practitioner, and researcher - Anna Detari

  • The "Mindful Pianist" - Akiko Trush

  • Trumpeter Jonathan Vieker

  • Professional sax player Clare Church

  • Professional hand therapist and owner of Artistic Advantage - Martha Paterson 

  • Bagpiper David Duncan

  • Former military woodwind specialist - Frank Bozak

  • Professional jazz flautist Andrea Brachfeld

  • Violinist Jonathan Mui

  • Percussionist Callaghan Soligram

  • Pianist Richard Ware

  • Tuba player Dr. Adam Stevens

  • Horn player Dr. Kathryn Pewenofkit Briner

  • Trumpet player Jamie Langridge


The live-streams are aired on the Musicians Dystonia & Live Talk facebook page, then edited and published on the Living with Embouchure Dystonia YouTube channel.

I can't tell you how much it has meant to musicians past and present out there - an outpouring of messages saying "Thank you, thank you, thank you!" Lives have been impacted and it brought us all closer together. I have immense gratitude for all who participate! It has been an honor sharing your stories. Thank you for your vulnerability, wisdom, strength, and love for music.

I hope that these videos continue to reach into the hearts of those who cope with musician ailments.
Most of all I hope it influences a better future for coming generations, even if a glimmer of hope by opening the door to conversation, education, and support. For many of us have gone this journey alone, unrecognized, unheard, and misunderstood.

- Katie 

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