Jubilee teaches violin lessons, coaches a chamber group, and is always looking for ways to build community through music.
My mother was a piano teacher, and when I was growing up our house was full of extra pianos. My mom was always buying instruments to give away to her students, because she believed that cost shouldn’t inhibit anyone’s access to a quality instrument. This vision of equity in the music field is something that I’ve tried to carry on. That’s why I chose to study community advocacy alongside violin performance.
As a performer and community-based educator, I’m dedicated to advocating for classical music and finding ways for it to flourish in our society. In 2018, I served as assistant concertmaster for an event focused on racial reconciliation and national peace. I later worked on community-based leadership and grassroots organizing projects as well as initiatives to create affordable housing and improve food security. This work helped me realize that I could not divorce my calling as a musician (someone who sees to emotional needs) from my responsibility to address people’s material needs as well.
Longy is the only school I know of that offers a pedagogical approach, school culture, and opportunities that deeply integrate the arts with social connection and transformation. In our contemporary times, I can’t imagine music looking any other way.
My dreams are to eventually start a chamber music and teaching program that’s also a community pillar and creatively supports families and youth. This would include addressing issues in affordable housing, food security, and crime. I feel privileged to have worked with all sorts of students over the years, who have stage fright, tantrums, ADHD, Down Syndrome, and many different backgrounds. Teaching is worth the challenge when I see my students’ passion and enthusiasm for learning about music. At Longy, I look forward to collaborating with peers and faculty who lead not just by their accomplishments, but also by their compassion for the lives they touch.