My first work with musiConnects was from 2007-2008, when Betsy Hinkle invited me to join the Chittick String Quartet. After a year few years in graduate school on the west coast I returned to Boston and very quickly rejoined the musiConnects community, first as a Resident Artist and teacher with mC's Community Programs, and eventually as a member of the Sumner Quartet. musiConnects' mission of empowerment and community-building, with chamber music as the central means of accomplishing those ends, immediately resonated with me. My long-time association with the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music had already instilled in me a love for chamber music and a strong belief in the transformative powers of its processes. At musiConnects I was given an opportunity to put this passion to practical use, and it has been a joy to see the fruits of our hard work, most especially each time I am able watch a student chamber group perform without the help of a teacher, each time I am able to witness these children practicing powerful forms of wordless communication, this is when my heart sings!