Hello from the co-directors of Around Hear!
Hello! We, Marji Gere and Dan Sedgwick, are the core musical duo, musical instructors, and co-directors of Around Hear. Having met through music many years ago, we are continually inspired by each other and our shared musical tasks, be it preparing for a performance or creating entirely new works of art. We are also inspired by the communities we belong to, our neighbors, our fellow creative and performing artists, and our mentors. Truly, we take inspiration from anyone whose actions are rooted in creativity, curiosity, idealism, and compassion.
As a duo, we are dedicated to regularly including other musicians in our chamber music work. Though there is no shortage of wonderful music for violin and piano, we are socially and aesthetically inclined to mix works of other instrumentations into our programs. The repertoire for piano and violin plus other strings, winds, and voices, just like our musical community, is full of treasures.
As co-teachers, we believe that high quality music education should be available to anyone who wants it. Our students are of all ages, levels of experience, and personalities. We strive to prioritize our teaching toward our low-income neighbors, in particular those who live in the Somerville Housing Authority.
We both grew up in musical families, in American cities with excellent free public school music programs. We’ve been well supported by family, mentors, and institutions, and are tuned into an extensive, deeply connected, idealistic worldwide network of musicians, artists, and thinkers. Through Around Hear, we aim to pass along, as best we can, the love, inspiration, and kindness we have been shown throughout our lives as community-minded artists.
Yours, Marji and Dan