I grew up in Flint, Michigan, a town famous for facing various challenges. Years ago it was the exodus of many factory jobs in the auto industry that left the town with a soaring unemployment rate. Most recently the Flint Water Crisis has come to be the city’s dismal claim to fame. What I’ve never heard mentioned in the media is the thriving cultural community in Flint that helped create for me a lifelong thirst for beauty in music.

I studied with various music instructors in the Flint community, including those at the Flint Institute of Music, where I was a flutist in the Flint Youth Symphony Orchestra. I began teaching private flute lessons in 2005 when I realized teaching music was a passion I wanted to pursue. I knew that no matter what, I wanted to continue to use music as a way to connect with others, inspiring people to find joy, beauty, and fulfillment in life.

In 2007 I came to Chicago to study music at Moody Bible Institute, where I completed my Bachelor’s Degree in 2011. I chose classical voice instead of flute because I fell in love with the fact that all people have a voice and it is the only instrument that allows us to use language alongside music. Moody’s focus on learning to minister to the hearts of people resonated with me. I sang and toured internationally The Moody Chorale, which continued to impress upon me the impact music has in people’s lives all over the world.

As time has passed, I have had the privilege to work with over one hundred students: singers, flutists, and pianists from 4 years old to 75 years old; beginners, and those beginning again after many years. One theme has been consistent during this time: music has the power to move our hearts, reach the deepest layers of our souls, teach us vital lessons, and to bring joy, happiness, and community into our lives.

Contact me at tiffanythorpemusic@gmail.com.