Today we’d like to introduce you to Hannah Murray.
Hi Hannah, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
I started playing the violin when I was five years old. My mom says I was mesmerized by a young violinist at our neighborhood block party and would not stop begging to play until she signed me up for lessons. Since then, music has taken me to so many wild and different places, on rock tours across Europe, the symphony stage, retirement communities, weddings, funerals, animal rescue barns, and everywhere in between. It has placed me in the role of teacher, performer, interpreter, student, collaborator, and entrepreneur. I’ve lived in five different states, eight cities, two countries (and continents), and visited countless other places along the way. My passion for music merged with my curiosity about human anatomy and kinesiology and I wrote my dissertation about using yoga to enhance violin playing. I am a certified yoga instructor and the only Timani Teacher in California. In 2018, I co-founded corpSonore – sound | body | wellness, a podcast and platform dedicated to musicians’ health and wellness. We publish research and interview industry leaders providing insight and support for music makers and music lovers alike. I am currently based in Los Angeles where I teach, perform, record, and write.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
My journey is paved with more rejection, uncertainty, and self-doubt than I care to admit. I’ve alternated between rejecting and pursuing traditional musical career paths only to feel dissatisfied and a little lost. My path falls somewhere in uncharted territory, as it does for many—a hybrid of multiple interests and projects that combine to create a whole. I used to feel embarrassed by my lack of singular focus, but I am slowly starting to see it as one of my greatest artistic and entrepreneurial assets. It can be hard to trust your instincts and work towards a goal or vision that doesn’t exist yet, but it is also incredibly exciting to create a future of your own making.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am currently working on a project that explores the violin music of East Germany (the GDR), a region of the world that birthed some of the world’s most beloved music yet seemingly fell silent after WWII. I’ve been unearthing music that’s out of print, never heard outside of Germany, and perhaps never performed in concert before. It is exciting to learn about the creators who worked in such unimaginable times and I feel like I am paying respects to their journey and artistic expression. I blog about these composers on my website and plan to record and perform this music in the near future. I recently collaborated with artist Meghan Irwin to combine my passions for yoga and music into a coloring book called “The Musical Asana Coloring Book.” Creating this was a dream of mine for 6+ years and I can’t believe it finally came true. You can find me playing music for animals at The Gentle Barn and teaching violin lessons and classes that incorporate my knowledge of yoga, movement, and alignment with traditional music pedagogy as well as prepping materials for the corpSonore podcast and website as we build our platform and offerings for the future.
This summer, I am offering the Pain-Free Performer Program, a 3-month course explicitly designed to empower professional musicians to return to the stage stronger and more capable than before. It fuses my expertise and unique knowledge-base to provide solutions specifically for musicians. I am so excited about this. It will be a real game-changer.
Networking and finding a mentor can have such a positive impact on one’s life and career. Any advice?
Don’t be afraid to ask questions and always be prepared to listen. Some of the best advice I’ve ever received has come from strangers in a greasy spoon after a gig. There is always something to learn from others whether you agree with them or not. Staying open to new possibilities and saying “yes” to opportunities that fall outside your comfort zone can sometimes lead to incredible opportunities and new friendships. You never know what the future holds so have a plan but stay open to the unexpected.
- The Musical Asana Coloring Book $20
- 100 Days of Practice Chart and Stickers $25
- Active Violinist Assorted Notecards $20
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: https://www.activeviolinist.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/activeviolinist/
- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCX9uvqetAdvqGRenwhRweag
- Other: https://www.corpsonore.com
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