Giving Thanks this Holiday Season

There is so much to be thankful for, including the many friendships made through Sound Impact. This blog was a fun way to reconnect with our organization and project partners. We are thankful to them and our many supporters!! We are giving thanks and wishing  all of you a very Happy Holidays!

Rachel with her husband

Rachel with her husband


In the beautiful autumn light walking through my neighborhood today I realized how grateful I am for the life I am living. This year I remain thankful for having a roof over my head that I love which I share with my beloved, and a neighborhood and community where I can really enjoy my days. I’m thankful for my deep friendships with many wonderful people, the wellbeing and humor of my family, my snuggly cat, and my husband (an all around wonderful human) – all who nourish my spirit on a daily basis just by being in my life.

-Rachel Brumberger, Sound Impact Board Member






First of all, I can’t believe how fast this year has flown by! When I sit back and reflect, I am grateful for so many things… family, friends, health, community. As a musician, I am thankful to have been part of so many rewarding projects and moving musical experiences through different collaborations. I am thankful to my partners in crime- Rebecca and Tiffany. We started with a small dream and in a short amount of time, we continue to expand and build partnerships and projects to inspire and bring music to many different communities.

-Danielle Cho, Cellist & Co-Founder





Eliza with her kitty Ginger

Eliza with her kitty Ginger


I am thankful for life! It is the best gift I have ever received. Nothing can trump a wonderful bond between you and a loved one. I am also grateful to live in a country where the opportunities and resources are endless and the impossible is possible.

-Eliza Cho, Violinist, Project Sarasota







I am grateful for the many colleagues that I get to share music with everyday, for my family and friends, and all the little things in life that make us happy!

-Jennifer Choi, Violinist, Project DJ Spooky@ Culture Hub






elizandroI am thankful to God for good health, family, friends and the opportunities I had this year to share life changing experiences through the gift of music. This picture (to the left) is very significant to me because it was taken after a very moving performance of Sound Impact in my hometown San Ramon, Alajuela Costa Rica. To my left in the picture, my niece Alexa Armas, who was visiting Costa Rica for the first time from New York, and my mother Carmen Montoya to my right. The other people in the picture are relatives who I had not seen in many years!

-Elizandro Garcia-Montoya, Clarinetist, Project Costa Rica




Rebecca with Hal-monee and her sister

Rebecca with Hal-monee and her sister


Having the freedom to pursue music with the people I greatly admire is something I am very thankful for. Spending half the year on the road, I have many individuals and families to heartily thank for welcoming and hosting me in their homes, too many to name. I am increasingly thankful for the generosity of so many donors and volunteers whom without musical dreams would never see the light of day. I also am thankful for the relationship I shared with my Hal-monee (mother’s mother) – I miss her every day.

-Rebecca Jackson, Violinist & Co-Founder






Juan (right) and friends



I am thankful for what music and violin playing continue to offer me. This year brought me to: a different country (Costa Rica), closer to friends, to new friends and the joy of new experiences and repertoire.

-Juan Jaramillo, Violinist, Project Costa Rica








I’m thankful for the freedom to pursue music as an occupation & not starve to death!! It’s amazing to think that people actually pay me for it & I’m always grateful that I can situate myself to do it at the highest level I know how. I’m also appreciative of the generous friends & family I have in my life & how they inspire me to be exactly who I am. Happy holidays!!!

-Jae Young Cosmos Lee, Violinist, Project Haim





konstantinThis Holiday Season I’m grateful to see that despite the common talk of decline of the Arts more and more wonderful, inventive and super-talented groups are making their way in the world and bringing music, theater and visual arts to the far corners of the world. I’m grateful to be able to develop creatively and embark on new journeys of composing, arranging, producing different forms of music and performances. I’m grateful for love, for friends and family who so kindly and unconditionally support me. I’m grateful for fashion which allows me to play dress-up everyday and be of good cheer! Wishing you all a very merry christmas! xoxo

-Konstantin Soukhovetski, Pianist, Project Haim



Debu with his family

Debu with his family


This season I am thankful for several things. First, I am thankful that my music and musicality has touched a cross section of people around the world. It also opened up different genres to perform with. It brought up several opportunities to perform with some of the most beautiful artists around the world. This year more than any other years, I am glad that my brand of drumming brings joy to the hearts of many I got to know this season. Second, I am thankful to God for giving me this gift. I am eternally grateful for that. Third, I am thankful that my family has been a constant source of support for me and my music.

-Debu Nayak, Tabla, Project Chris4Life




Tiffany (bottom left) with team Project CR


This past year has been a huge adventure! Traveling to many new places, experiencing new cultures, reconnecting with old friends and making new ones…I’m so grateful that music continues to challenge me to grow and to evolve. I’m fortunate to have tremendous support from my family and friends, and I’m grateful this brings me health and strength. I’m grateful to perform with such fun loving people, and to have teammates who share my desire to experience the world and who join me in dreaming BIG!

-Tiffany Richardson, Violist, Co-Founder








I’m thankful for an amazing family, loving friends and a job that helps make the world a better place.

-Michael Sapienza, Project Chris4Life & Sound Impact Board Member








I am profoundly thankful for the exceptional people I had the fortune to meet this year and their outstanding and remarkably generous contribution in making my artistic project and dream come to life. My producer Nathanael Nicol, his wife Natalia and my photographer Billy Elkins. They donated their world class artistry and time to my vision. I feel they are my angels. I’m humbled by their generosity and filled with joy and gratitude. A special mention goes to my San Francisco friend Patti Niemi and her family. True gems that gave me solace in a very difficult time. Grazie a tutti!!

-Giuseppina Ciarla, Harpist, Project Sarasota








This is a picture of me and my rescue Wonder-hound, Justice at the National Arboretum in DC.  I’m so thankful for opportunities to escape the city, my caring friends and family, my health, and opportunities to collaborate in chamber music.  Wishing a peaceful and grace-filled Thanksgiving to all!

-Amy McCabe, Trumpet, Project Chris4Life