Episode 12

Season 2 Finale: The Sound Mind Musician team on redefining success and dealing with the unexpected

Many thanks to the Sound Mind Musician team. For more info about Sound Mind Musician, go to https://www.soundmindmusician.org You can listen their podcast on Spotify and Apple Music or at https://www.soundmindmusician.org/podcast

Guest Bios:

Alexandria Hoffman is a third-year fellow with Civic Orchestra of Chicago. In fall 2021, she will be joining the New World Symphony as a flute fellow. She has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and has appeared as a soloist with Yo-Yo Ma. Alex's passion for mental health led her to co-found Sound Mind in the fall of 2019. She maintains an active private studio and is a mentor for the Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative. In her free time, she enjoys running, biking, and playing with her dog, Barry. www.hoffmanflute.com

Kevin Gupana is a freelance oboist in Chicago. He received his Bachelors in oboe performance at Roosevelt University's Chicago College of Performing Arts and his Masters in oboe performance from the University of Houston. In addition to performing, Kevin is Development Coordinator with Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras, an organization of which he is also an alumnus, and serves as a mentor with the Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative. Kevin is passionate about helping young musicians navigate the music world.

Dan Monte comes from a long line of Portuguese and Canadian musicians settled in Southeastern Coastal Massachusetts. He deeply enjoys collaborating with other artists, and can be seen blissfully playing Off-Broadway (J2 Spotlight Theatre Comp.), and accompanying Modern & Improv Dance Classes (Rutgers University). Dan is also an avid composer of contemporary classical music, jazz, pop, and commercial music. Currently, Dan lives in New Jersey, where he produces the Move for Mind Podcast as well as the Sound Mind Podcast, and enjoys drinking coffee, cooking, and playing chess. montedan.com

Mario Bastea-Forte is a musician and aspiring digital media creator from Albuquerque, NM. A classical cellist by training, he attended the Eastman School of Music and the University of Miami, where he began exploring his current interest in synths and music production as a composer. During the quarantine, Mario has enjoyed dabbling in drawing, coding and animation while taking an unexpected break from performing. He is very excited to have joined Sound Mind and is looking forward to inviting more artists to the conversation about mental health.

The Labyrinth and the Thread focuses on mental health and creativity. If you need support, here are some resources to find mental health professionals:

Psychology Today Directory: National directory of therapists https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists

Therapy for Black Girls: Find trusted, culturally competent therapists


Trans Lifeline: Peer support by and for trans people


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Amelia Aldred is a writer based in Chicago, Illinois. Amelia’s work has been published in Metaphorosis Magazine, Flash Fiction Online, South Side Weekly, Chicago Literati, Neutrons/Protons, Offbeat Home and the anthology Undeniably Indiana (Indiana University Press). When she's not writing, Amelia spends her time throwing nerdy costume parties, collecting skeleton keys, and taking long walks with her imaginary dog.