Sound Impact (SI) is a collective of musicians who bring music to marginalized communities throughout the United States and Costa Rica to inspire social change, expand educational opportunities and broaden cultural perspectives. Founded in 2013, SI boasts a roster of renowned musicians who perform with the National Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Ballet, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Washington National Opera.
SI has performed in venues such as the Kennedy Center, Mexican Cultural Institute, National Gallery of Art, Spain Arts & Culture, and the Costa Rican Embassy. The core of SI’s work, however, is its community engagement through performances, residencies and educational programs. SI has presented educational residencies in partnership with The ArtsCenter (NC), the Roanoke Symphony (VA), and Music at Kohl Mansion (CA). In 2019, SI is honored to join the National Symphony Orchestra’s Education Department as an In-School Ensemble to engage with youth throughout the Washington, D.C. region. SI’s programs in juvenile detention centers combine live performance with arts integrated education, impacting incarcerated youth in Washington, D.C., New Mexico, and California. The Santa Cruz Sentinel wrote of the ensemble: “Sound Impact revives the evocative and visceral power of music that can too often be deadened in more formal concert environments.”
SI’s ties to Costa Rica date back to its formation. From 2014-2016, SI’s annual tour to Costa Rica reached music students at over ten schools in eight cities across the country. At each location, SI offered free community performances, teacher training, master classes, lessons, and side-by-side performances with the students. January 2019 marks SI’s sixth international trip to Costa Rica, and the presentation of the 3rd Festival Internacional de Musica del SIFAIS (FIMS) providing a more in-depth training experience including the addition of orchestral training. FIMS has brought new partnerships with the Centro Cultural de Costa Rica and the Sewanee Music Festival in Tennessee, granting two FIMS students full tuition scholarships to Sewanee Music Festival 2019.
Dedicated to fostering younger generations of musicians committed to community engagement work, SI has worked with students at the DC Youth Orchestra, George Mason University School of Music and National Symphony Orchestra’s Summer Music Institute.
Sound Impact has garnered support from Virginia Commission for the Arts, the Foundation for the Advancement of String Education and Potter Violins, as well as countless individuals who support SI and make this work possible.