This special episode of Midland Makes Music focuses on host Hilary Braime. Initially moving to the Midland area in 2014, she was impressed with the local talent in the arts. She is involved with various children’s charities that promote music for young people, in addition to playing bass with symphony orchestras as well as local jazz and bluegrass bands. Also, she started the Key Signature School of Music.
Hilary is the Music Director of the Bay Light Orchestra, a non-profit community orchestra. Hilary wants to utilize this orchestra to create opportunities for local musicians to play together. The other purpose Hilary hopes to fulfill is bringing music to communities that wouldn’t normally have access to instrumental music. Over time, she would love to see a stand-alone youth orchestra formed.
Recently, the orchestra has welcomed recently retired professional musicians. This has really elevated the community orchestra. Right now, they’re looking to attract musicians who feel competent and confident in their instrument, but they don’t have to be professionals. As long as you’re keen to practice and learn more, you’re a good candidate for a recruit.
Hilary was attracted to living in the Midland area after having visited many times before. She loves the easy access to the larger city as well as the history, traditions, and natural beauty the Midland area provides. After she moved, she acknowledged there was a community need to bring local musicians together, which is why she started the Bay Light Orchestra.
The reward of seeing youngsters thrive and gain confidence when playing an instrument is a big part of what drives Hilary’s passion to support music for young people. There are many kids who struggle in other areas of life who find music to be a healthy creative outlet. Hilary spent 20 years playing and teaching double bass. She enjoyed being surrounded by young people striving, which only motivated her to become a better musician herself.