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Jan. 16, 2019

“I’m focused on bringing our music into the community and blurring the formal boundaries that often create distance between the audience and musicians.”

Tasha Warren

As a teacher, recording musician and international performance artist, Tasha Warren knows music has the ability to inspire and transform people. The director of the Chamber Music Program at Michigan State University is on a mission to break down the invisible barrier that separates musicians and audiences.

Warren partnered with certified music therapist Emily Lloyd, then an MSU graduate student, to create the first sensory-friendly Spartan chamber music concert. Now a series, it enables community members of all ages, including those with sensory sensitivities, to enjoy musical performances while participating from the audience.

“For many kids, this may be their first experience in a concert hall, and we want to make it an unforgettable moment,” says Warren. “I embrace any opportunity to make a difference in someone’s week, day or even moment by transforming a simple performance into a shared musical experience.”

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