Music and memory are closely linked, and music can be like story-telling. When I listen to a piece of music, there is always the decision of whether I am going to research what the composer intended or allow my brain to follow the story it hears based on my life at that moment. Because sound exists only in the split second of its creation there is an aspect of timelessness too; that every time you hear a piece it will be a different experience. There is something mysterious about that, to have something that is wholly mutable depending on the person experiencing it, and that can be a source of great comfort when someone is looking at the unknown in their own life.

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Assistant Professor in the University of Virginia McIntire Department of Music and an Academic Faculty Fellow at Hereford Residential College. In her role at UVA she also serves as Principal Horn of the Charlottesville Symphony Orchestra…