SALISBURY, N.C. — A North Carolina music teacher is finding new ways to promote inclusivity in orchestras and symphonies.
Sharon Wellington-Wilkins has been playing the cello for more than 50 years, and spent most of her life as a music teacher and performer. She now teaches beginner violin lessons at home through her company "Violins-R-Us".
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, she shifted to virtual lessons, but she says she still wanted to perform and promote diversity in classical music.
Wellington-Wilkins joined forces with cellists of color around the world, and they’ve filmed several virtual performances.
She says, while she misses performing in front of a crowd, the pandemic has given her some new opportunities.
“People started connecting virtually, people that I probably never would have had an opportunity to play with in a live setting,” she says. “But because of COVID, people are accessing technology more, social media, and connecting that way.”